Paul Taylor - May 15, 2016
Frenemy of the King
Still reeling from the death of his rebellious son, Absalom, David faces another challenge to his reign. This rival is put down rather easily, but the real story has to do with someone closer to David. After trying to punish Joab for killing his son, David's demotion of Joab proves futile. Joab will not stay down. What kind of character has Joab been throughout David's life? How has he helped and hurt David at different times? How do the people in our lives play similar roles? As we consider Joab, we'll consider the people who surround us. What can we learn about our own friends, enemies, and frenemies?
Scripture References: 2 Samuel 20:1-26
From Series: "A Life of Passion: The Story of David"
Who am I? Who is God? These are two of the most pressing questions of human existence. All throughout life, we struggle to find our own identity and we yearn to know what more is out there. The Bible tells a detailed story of one man who helps us to wrestle with those questions: the ancient King of Israel, David. David is one of the most important characters in the biblical story. He is the favorite King, the repentant sinner, the fearless warrior, and the soulful poet. He led the ancient people of God during their golden years. He is a forerunner to the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who would create a new people of God, saved through faith. And yet, David is a mystery. Sometimes his actions are inspiringly noble. Other times, he is shockingly evil. What are we to make of this man? How can an adulterer and murderer be described as "a man after God's own heart?" For ten months, we will follow the story of David. We will wonder at his integrity and grieve his failures. But through it all, we will see a life of passion. We will see a man who walks with God, in success and failure. And we will walk with God in our own complex lives. Join us as we embark on a journey to discover ourselves and God in the story of David. May we become "men and women after God's own heart."