Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | May 31, 2015

“… thus they did all that the king commanded, and after that God was moved by prayer for the land.”

Today’s devotion comes from 2 Samuel Chapter 21.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Samuel+21&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“1 Now there was a famine in the days of David for three years, year after year; and David sought the presence of the Lord.  And the Lord said, “It is for Saul and his bloody house, because he put the Gibeonites to death.”  2 So the king called the Gibeonites and spoke to them (now the Gibeonites were not of the sons of Israel but of the remnant of the Amorites, and the sons of Israel made a covenant with them, but Saul had sought to kill them in his zeal for the sons of Israel and Judah).  3 Thus David said to the Gibeonites, “What should I do for you?  And how can I make atonement that you may bless the inheritance of the Lord?”  4 Then the Gibeonites said to him, “We have no concern of silver or gold with Saul or his house, nor is it for us to put any man to death in Israel.”  And he said, “I will do for you whatever you say.”  5 So they said to the king, “The man who consumed us and who planned to exterminate us from remaining within any border of Israel, 6 let seven men from his sons be given to us, and we will hang them before the Lord in Gibeah of Saul, the chosen of the Lord.”  And the king said, “I will give them.”

7 But the king spared Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan the son of Saul, because of the oath of the Lord which was between them, between David and Saul’s son Jonathan.  8 So the king took the two sons of Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, Armoni and Mephibosheth whom she had borne to Saul, and the five sons of Merab the daughter of Saul, whom she had borne to Adriel the son of Barzillai the Meholathite.  9 Then he gave them into the hands of the Gibeonites, and they hanged them in the mountain before the Lord, so that the seven of them fell together;  and they were put to death in the first days of harvest at the beginning of barley harvest.

10 And Rizpah the daughter of Aiah took sackcloth and spread it for herself on the rock, from the beginning of harvest until it rained on them from the sky;  and she allowed neither the birds of the sky to rest on them by day nor the beasts of the field by night.  11 When it was told David what Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, the concubine of Saul, had done, 12 then David went and took the bones of Saul and the bones of Jonathan his son from the men of Jabesh-gilead, who had stolen them from the open square of Beth-shan, where the Philistines had hanged them on the day the Philistines struck down Saul in Gilboa.  13 He brought up the bones of Saul and the bones of Jonathan his son from there, and they gathered the bones of those who had been hanged.  14 They buried the bones of Saul and Jonathan his son in the country of Benjamin in Zela, in the grave of Kish his father;  thus they did all that the king commanded, and after that God was moved by prayer for the land.”  2 Samuel 21:1-14.

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We read:  “…  thus they did all that the king commanded, and after that God was moved by prayer for the land.”  Verse 14.

We may not have an earthly king, but we have a Heavenly King.  And, we do have earthly rulers.

The lesson for us today is to, first of all, honor, respect, and obey our Sovereign Heavenly King.  But, also we should honor, respect, and obey our earthly rulers.

“He who keeps a royal command experiences no trouble, …”  Ecclesiastes 8:5.

“First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.”  1 Timothy 2:1-2.

“Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities.  For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.  Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves.  For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil.  Do you want to have no fear of authority?  Do what is good and you will have praise from the same;  for it is a minister of God to you for good.  But if you do what is evil, be afraid;  for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil.  Therefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath, but also for conscience’ sake.  For because of this you also pay taxes, for rulers are servants of God, devoting themselves to this very thing.  Render to all what is due them:  tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom;  fear to whom fear;  honor to whom honor.”  Romans 13:1-7.

There are those who bristle against the sovereign rule of God.  They cling to their alleged free-will.  They are like those who say:

“Let us tear their fetters apart
And cast away their cords from us!”  Psalm 2:3.

But, we see the response of the Lord.

“4 He who sits in the heavens laughs,
The Lord scoffs at them.
5 Then He will speak to them in His anger
And terrify them in His fury, saying,
6 “But as for Me, I have installed My King
Upon Zion, My holy mountain.”

7 “I will surely tell of the decree of the Lord:
He said to Me, ‘You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You.
8 ‘Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance,
And the very ends of the earth as Your possession.
9 ‘You shall break them with a rod of iron,
You shall shatter them like earthenware.’”

10 Now therefore, O kings, show discernment;
Take warning, O judges of the earth.
11 Worship the Lord with reverence
And rejoice with trembling.
12 Do homage to the Son, that He not become angry, and you perish in the way,
For His wrath may soon be kindled.
How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!”  Psalm 2:4-12.

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