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I just noticed a similarity of how David handled his enemies, those who came against him outside of a relationship with him and those David knew. I have been observing how if David knew the people who challenged him, he showed tremendous mercy and delayed judgment, if they had judgment at all. Yet, for those He knew not, judgment was usually swift. It just occurred to me that David, being a type of Christ, is doing what is afforded those who either have or don’t have a relationship with Christ. Whether or not we experience judgment with no mercy is based on our relationship with Christ. Of all the sins that we can commit, the one that is surly fatal, is our non-acceptance of Jesus Christ’s salvation.

I am not sure if even that can be or really is God judging us, as much as our seeing what God has to offer and rejecting that gift. Doing that puts the one who has rejected that gift on the judgment seat by their own volition. God does not send them to their death they take themselves. Hmmm! Must do some rethinking.

Based on your question today Mike and continuing with Ramona's train-of-thought, I agree that David's actions towards those he knew were Christ-like, filled with love and compassion and mercy, whereas Joab's actions were similar to the actions taken by God in earlier OT readings......though they seem harsh and merciless, they are just and righteous in accordance with God's will. God used Joab to preserve David and his lineage.

Mike and everyone,
Thank you Mike for your daily ministry to lead us in reading God's Word!
Psalm 120:1 (NASB) is such a precious promise from God -
"In my trouble I cried to the Lord, And He answered me."
Related to that, Psalm 40:1,2 (NASB) -
"1 I waited patiently for the Lord; And He inclined to me and heard my cry.
2 He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay,
And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm."
Also in Jonah 2:2 (NASB) -
and he said, "I called out of my distress to the Lord,
And He answered me. I cried for help from the depth of Sheol; You heard my voice.
Pastor & Elder Phil Johnson says this:
'That's how Jonah began his prayer while he was still in the belly of the fish. It is an expression of a godly man's unshakable confidence, based on past experience with God. We can all pray like that—and we ought to pray like that, even at the beginning of our troubles, and in the midst of the trial. "In my distress I called to the LORD."'
amen.

God bless!
Joyce

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