7…David —Confessions of a King — Steadfast Integrity — 2 Samuel 2-5…Handout

How do we know if we’re a person of integrity? Integrity is doing what is right when no one is looking. Integrity requires our ethics and morals _____. Ethics—knowing right and wrong. Morals—living by the principles of right and wrong. So, does God change: Yes / No? (Malachi 3:6) Steadfast Integrity: Wait, Withhold, Work, Watch.

1)_____ on God (2 Samuel 2:1-4) 2 Samuel 2:1~In the course of time, David ______ of the Lord. Shall I go up to one of the towns of Judah? he asked. The Lord said, Go up. David asked, Where shall I go? To Hebron, the Lord answered. (ESV) The Lord sends David to Hebron, about_____ miles south of Jerusalem. Jesus’ base of operation is_________, about 105 miles to the north. In 2 Samuel 2:4, David is anointed for the _______ time as king and he decides to rule as a man of integrity. Psalm 25:21~May integrity and uprightness protect me, for my hope, LORD, is in you. (NIV) Where is your hope?_____

2) Withhold________(2:4b-7) Criticism by definition is the expression of disapproval based on _________ faults or mistakes. Scripture teaches ___ interlocking principles; Build-up (1 Thessalonians 5:11) & Restore (Galatians 6:1). Remember being corrected is hard enough, thus, we must have the ________ attitude. 2 Samuel 2:5-6~. 2 Samuel 2:45~David sent messengers…May you be blessed by the Lord, because you showed this loyalty to Saul…may the Lord show steadfast love and_________ People without integrity are always anxious to criticize _ others, especially a predecessor. As David knows well, _________ always divides people and he wants to unite all of Israel. Psalm 133:1~How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in _____! (NIV)

3) Work For Peaceful Resolution (2:8-4:12) David grows stronger. 2 Samuel 3:1~There was a long war between the house of Saul and the house of David. And David grew ________ and stronger, while the house of Saul became weaker and weaker. (ESV) 2 Samuel 3:6~While there was war between the house of Saul and the house of David, Abner was making himself strong in the house of Saul. (ESV) This reveals a lack of integrity. Proverbs 16:7~When a man’s ways_______the Lord, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. (NIV) David unaware of Abner’s treachery throws him a banquet for the peaceful settlement. Which infuriates Joab who kills Abner in retaliation for his brother. To punish and humiliate Joab, David orders him and his men to _______ over Abner. David himself weeps aloud at Abner’s tomb, for he had been a_____ warrior and ________ general to Saul. 

4) Watch Out In Success (5:1-25) Here we witness David, for a _____ time is anointed, king. Oftentimes when ________ unity we need a buy-in. David’s first act as king is brilliant because he provides a way to unite, Israel in a singular cause. What is the cause?________ _____________ We have just witnessed ___of the most important events in world history. #1_____becomes king  and #2 ________becomes the capital. 2 Samuel 5:10~ And David became greater and greater, for the Lord, was with him. (ESV) Take-A-Step:_____________________________________

Unexplainable Joy

Did you know God is sovereign? If we desire to live a life full of joy, then we must learn how to humbly embrace God’s sovereignty (Matthew 20:8-14) I want us to notice that the laborers all go to work, by doing so at 5 different times, 6, 9, 12, 3, and 5 o’clock. When evening comes, at 6 o’clock, the landowner tells his foreman, to pay their wages. Matthew 20:9-12~The workers who were hired about five…each received a denarius…when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more…they began to grumble …hired last worked only one hour…and you made them equal…(ESV) When they receive their pay, they protest, saying this is not fair. 

Their objection is to the owner who has been generous, yeah he gave a job and paid a wage but the workload was not equal. To which the landowner replies Friends, instead of a derogatory name I would have chosen. Matthew 20:13~But he answered one of them, ‘I am not being unfair to you, friend. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius? (ESV) I gotta ask, does friend mean something different in your neighborhood? This farmer sets a calm, civil tone to open up a dialogue. Is that how you handle the riots in your home? Jesus is surely doing some teaching here. The landowner has just been accused of injustice, but he doesn’t take offense. He is practicing Proverbs 19:11~A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense. (NIV)

After calling the laborer friend, the vintner says he is not being unfair because the worker agreed to work all day for a wage. In other words, I lived up to my agreement, and you want to complain about what? Getting what you were supposed to. Have you ever complained over getting exactly what you were promised? I mean this is, well you know, I just thought…I don’t know! The landowner is trying to get them to focus on their original agreement, not on the other workers. If you want to make a case, this is not a problem of injustice; it is a lack of compassion. They couldn’t care less that the families of the late workers might have to go hungry if they were paid less. Matthew 20:14~Take your pay and go. I want to give the one who was hired last the same as I gave you. (ESV) 

What he pays the latecomers is his choice. Also, he has not cheated those he hired earlier. It is his choice if he wants to pay the latecomers more than they had earned. Jesus’ twelve disciples can be compared to the workers hired at the beginning of the day. So, Jesus is answering Peter’s question about what the Twelve from Matthew 19:27~Peter answered him, “We have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us?” (ESV) Which implies they should receive a greater reward. This parable teaches that they will get a just reward, but God has the right to give the same reward to those who didn’t follow Jesus as long. God is sovereign, compassionate, and just. 

If you are in need of joy today then like every other believer, we must learn to embrace God’s Unexplainable Joy as we humbly embrace God’s sovereignty. Is there something that affects your joy more than anything else? If so, then what you must do is begin to let God have it. This is a process that requires us to let go, and let God. Today, say, Lord, this is my issue and I need your help relinquishing it to you. Do this again and again as often as you need to, until it becomes something that you can freely let go of, knowing God is in control. 

Pray Often

Over the years I have had countless people ask how often do I need to go to the Lord to have real joy? Each time I remind them that we must go Every Day if we are to live in the overflow of God. (Matthew 20:1-16) That is how often we are to be filled with Joy as we labor for the Lord. Jesus now tells a parable to explain Matthew 19:30~But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first. (ESV) This parable is about God’s incomprehensible love, compassion, and grace. One of the best descriptions of God is found in Psalm 86:15~But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. (NIV)

Jesus begins His parable speaking about the kingdom. Matthew 20:1 ~For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. (ESV) Now the Jewish workday began at 6 am and ended at 6 pm. Laborers would gather in the wee hours awaiting the prying sun, hoping to be hired for the day. Let’s call it 5 am as these early birds flock, looking for worms. The landowner hires his first gaggle of laborers, who all agree to work for a penny a day, aka a common wage. Matthew 20:2~He agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and sent them into his vineyard. (ESV) 

Later, the landowner goes out again looking for a new pod of people. Matthew 20:3-4~About nine in the morning he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing. He told them, You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right. (ESV) As another 3 hours pass, the sun stands at the pinnacle of high noon as the vintner goes again to rally a raft of red-blooded wage earners. 3 hours pass and the husbandman does the same thing at 3 o’clock in the afternoon. Down to the last hour, the landowner goes out again. Yes, it is 5 o’clock in the place called somewhere. Where he meets a cauldron of constituents who may not seem like the best, yet they have converged on this place like a college of craftsmen. 

Since these laborers are still available at five o’clock, with only 1 hour left in the workday, they must be desperate with need. (20:4-7) In the parable, the vinedresser doesn’t promise the latecomers a particular wage. All the laborers apparently know the gardener and trust him to give them what is fair at the end of the day. Apparently, the farmer knows that without the work, these families could go hungry. They are so very desperate, they are willing to work for whatever they can get. Poor and unskilled people are often desperate, so sometimes they’re underpaid, overworked, or not paid at all. Leviticus 19:13~Do not defraud or rob your neighbor. Do not hold back the wages of a hired worker overnight. (NIV)

Because God has great compassion for the poor, He commands us to give freely. Therefore, a good Jew would pay his workers at the end of every day because often that would be all they would have to feed their families. Our parable of Matthew 20 reveals that one of the requirements for living in God’s unexplainable joy then we must come Every Day to receive His fresh and new joy. Take a moment and pray. Let go of anything that is flooding your mind, and then, just sit quietly in His presence and listen to what He has to say.