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Return the King

Our scripture for today comes from 2nd Samuel – Chapter 19.

8: Then the king arose, and sat in the gate. And they told unto all the people, saying, Behold, the king doth sit in the gate. And all the people came before the king: for Israel had fled every man to his tent.

9: And all the people were at strife throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, The king saved us out of the hand of our enemies, and he delivered us out of the hand of the Philistines; and now he is fled out of the land for Absalom.

10: And Absalom, whom we anointed over us, is dead in battle. Now therefore why speak ye not a word of bringing the king back?

11: And king David sent to Zadok and to Abiathar the priests, saying, Speak unto the elders of Judah, saying, Why are ye the last to bring the king back to his house? seeing the speech of all Israel is come to the king, even to his house.

12: Ye are my brethren, ye are my bones and my flesh: wherefore then are ye the last to bring back the king?

13: And say ye to Amasa, Art thou not of my bone, and of my flesh? God do so to me, and more also, if thou be not captain of the host before me continually in the room of Joab.

14: And he bowed the heart of all the men of Judah, even as the heart of one man; so that they sent this word unto the king, Return thou, and all thy servants.

2 Samuel 19:8-14

In the chapters before, Absalom has rebelled against David, his father and king of Israel. Not only did Absalom rebel, but David fled from him. Now, Absalom was eventually killed and his rebellion ended, and that is where I take my text from today. Israel, except for a small portion, had accepted Absalom as King instead of David – despite all he done for Israel. However, after Absalom was killed the people didn’t know what to do. The person they wanted to be king was dead, and David had fled. All in all, Israel was in turmoil. But, they finally started thinking – “Where is the talk of bring back the king?”

That is the title of the message, Return the King. In verse 11, David sent a message to the priests concerning Judah. The tribe of Judah was David’s tribe, but notice that they were the last to finally admit they needed to bring David back to the throne. The strife in Israel on this issue had even reached David’s ears, however, despite that they continued to hold back.  After David’s plea to Judah, their hearts were touched and humbled, and they sent word to bring back the king.

I love when I open up my Bible and God causes a chapter to jump out in front of me. I want to ask a question and it is a question we all need to sincerely ask in our hearts. Where is the king? By “king”, I talk of the King of Kings who is none other than Christ. Is He on the throne in your life? Or has something else taken His place. Is He sitting in the gate, crying out to bring Him back as King over your life? Christ will always be the King, but so often we replace Him with some other desire in our lives. Israel replaced David, despite all he had done for them with the next “big” thing, Absalom. But when Absalom crumbled, they were in turmoil. Sounds very familiar to our own lives. How often have we taken our focus off of Christ to place it on something of the world. How often in our lives has that object of desire completely fallen apart to leave us standing defeated and desolate. Without the King on the Throne of our lives, we will be in turmoil.

Think back to all David had done for Israel. Did they forget Goliath? Israel replaced the anointed of God with a murderer. What were they thinking?

Once again I ask you – Where is the king in your life? Have you replaced him? Have you replaced the one who died for you to redeem your soul from certain hell? How many times in my life have I taken my focus off of the one who has been so good to me; who has given me far beyond what I deserve, which was hell; who has promised to fight all my battles if I would stay under His wings.

God was blessing Israel under David, what made them turn to Absalom? Lets read back in Chapter 15: 1-6.

1: And it came to pass after this, that Absalom prepared him chariots and horses, and fifty men to run before him.

2: And Absalom rose up early, and stood beside the way of the gate: and it was so, that when any man that had a controversy came to the king for judgment, then Absalom called unto him, and said, Of what city art thou? And he said, Thy servant is of one of the tribes of Israel.

3: And Absalom said unto him, See, thy matters are good and right; but there is no man deputed of the king to hear thee.

4: Absalom said moreover, Oh that I were made judge in the land, that every man which hath any suit or cause might come unto me, and I would do him justice!

5: And it was so, that when any man came nigh to him to do him obeisance, he put forth his hand, and took him, and kissed him.

6: And on this manner did Absalom to all Israel that came to the king for judgment: so Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Israel.

Absalom stole the hearts of Israel by promising to give them what they deserve, to give them more. By Absalom’s words, the meaning is clear that his intentions were to cast doubt on the righteousness and justice of David. That sounds very familiar. Satan does the exact same thing to us. He tries to convince us that God is not treating us fairly, or while our lives are going okay; if we go in another direction we would get so much more. Israel fell for Absalom’s guise, as we often times fall for Satan’s. I find how easy it is to doubt what God has said and done and follow after my flesh. How easy it is to turn after the foolish things in the world. Where is the King?

I’ll close with this thought, where is the King in your life today? Is he unseated? Does he stand in the gate asking, “Why are you waiting to put me back on the throne?” Have you followed after an “Absalom” – promising good things in your life? Has everything you put your hope in over Christ crumbled? Look, He is standing in the gate, pleading. You may be like Judah and waited until you hit rock bottom, but He is there. All you need to do is humble yourself like the men of Judah did and say to the King, I need you back. You need to return the King to His throne.

Maybe Christ has never sat on the throne in your life. Maybe Satan has been there. As was Absalom, the Bible calls Satan a murderer and as Absalom crumbled so will Satan. You need to trust Christ as your Savior. Satan may promise the world to you, but only Christ can slay the giant,”Sin”. Will you trust Him today? He stands in the gate, pleading!

Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

Revelation 3:20


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"Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God." Psalms 42:11

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2 Responses to "Return the King"

  1. Paul says:

    Great message Andy! Thank you for listening to and obeying God. I pray that many lives are changed through your obedience.

  2. Heather says:

    Very good message Andy. I know for myself that I try to keep Christ in the forefront…but how often I may fail…the busyiness of everyday life may often take over for me…family…work, and just the constant movement of life. I usually start feeling like something is missing…like I have left something important undone…there is just a discontent in my life when my relationship with God slips backwards due to being busy…and so very thankfully he starts whispering to my soul…come back, let me back in…put ME back in front. We are so very lucky that we have a FATHER that loves us enough that no matter where we go, HE comes back for us.

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