Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | May 29, 2015

“He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me scatters.”

Today’s devotion comes from 2 Samuel Chapter 20.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Samuel+20&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“1 Now a worthless fellow happened to be there whose name was Sheba, the son of Bichri, a Benjamite;  and he blew the trumpet and said,

“We have no portion in David,
Nor do we have inheritance in the son of Jesse;
Every man to his tents, O Israel!”

2 So all the men of Israel withdrew from following David and followed Sheba the son of Bichri;  but the men of Judah remained steadfast to their king, from the Jordan even to Jerusalem.

3 Then David came to his house at Jerusalem, and the king took the ten women, the concubines whom he had left to keep the house, and placed them under guard and provided them with sustenance, but did not go in to them. So they were shut up until the day of their death, living as widows.

4 Then the king said to Amasa, “Call out the men of Judah for me within three days, and be present here yourself.”  So Amasa went to call out the men of Judah, but he delayed longer than the set time which he had appointed him.  6 And David said to Abishai, “Now Sheba the son of Bichri will do us more harm than Absalom;  take your lord’s servants and pursue him, so that he does not find for himself fortified cities and escape from our sight.”  7 So Joab’s men went out after him, along with the Cherethites and the Pelethites and all the mighty men;  and they went out from Jerusalem to pursue Sheba the son of Bichri.  8 When they were at the large stone which is in Gibeon, Amasa came to meet them.  Now Joab was dressed in his military attire, and over it was a belt with a sword in its sheath fastened at his waist;  and as he went forward, it fell out.  9 Joab said to Amasa, “Is it well with you, my brother?”  And Joab took Amasa by the beard with his right hand to kiss him.

10 But Amasa was not on guard against the sword which was in Joab’s hand so he struck him in the belly with it and poured out his inward parts on the ground, and did not strike him again, and he died.  Then Joab and Abishai his brother pursued Sheba the son of Bichri.  11 Now there stood by him one of Joab’s young men, and said, “Whoever favors Joab and whoever is for David, let him follow Joab.”  2 Samuel 20:1-11.

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Here is a revolt led by Sheba, and the command of King David to quash the revolt.  But, we see the lukewarm response of delay by Amasa to the command of King David.

He who is not with Me is against Me;  and he who does not gather with Me scatters.”  Matthew 12:30.  Also in Luke 11:23.

Joab recognized that the lukewarm response of delay by Amasa was not just negligence but rebellion (“he who does not gather with Me scatters”).  And, Joab treated Amasa as one of those who revolted by killing him.

One of Joab’s young men also recognized that those who favor David should follow David.  “Now there stood by him one of Joab’s young men, and said, “Whoever favors Joab and whoever is for David, let him follow Joab.”   Verse 11.

The lesson of Amasa is for us today.  Too many people “straddle the fence” like Amasa.  They delay committing to one side or the other.  They want to wait to see who is watching.  They want to see in which direction the winds are blowing of their own prosperity, welfare, family and friendships, and popular pressure.

They are neither hot or cold.  They are lukewarm.

“‘I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot;  I wish that you were cold or hot.  So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth.  Because you say, “I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,” and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked, I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire so that you may become rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness will not be revealed;  and eye salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see.  Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline;  therefore be zealous and repent.  Behold, I stand at the door and knock;  if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.  He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.  He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’”  Revelation 3:15-22.

In conclusion, we know the truth of Reformed Doctrine.  We see it everywhere in Scripture.  Are we going to commit to it and follow it?  Or, are we going to delay, be lukewarm, and continue to “straddle the fence”?  Whoever favors Reformed Doctrine, let him follow it! 

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