2 Samuel Chapter 21

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2 Samuel 21

1 Then there was a famine in the days of David three years, year after year; and David enquired of the Lord. And the Lord answered, It is for Saul, and for his bloody house, because he slew the Gibeonites.

2 And the king called the Gibeonites, and said unto them; (now the Gibeonites were not of the children of Israel, but of the remnant of the Amorites; and the children of Israel had sworn unto them: and Saul sought to slay them in his zeal to the children of Israel and Judah.)

3 Wherefore David said unto the Gibeonites, What shall I do for you? and wherewith shall I make the atonement, that ye may bless the inheritance of the Lord?

4 And the Gibeonites said unto him, We will have no silver nor gold of Saul, nor of his house; neither for us shalt thou kill any man in Israel. And he said, What ye shall say, that will I do for you.

5 And they answered the king, The man that consumed us, and that devised against us that we should be destroyed from remaining in any of the coasts of Israel,

6 Let seven men of his sons be delivered unto us, and we will hang them up unto the Lord in Gibeah of Saul, whom the Lord did choose. 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 Lord’s oath that was between them, between David and Jonathan the son of Saul.

8 But the king took the two sons of Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, whom she bare unto Saul, Armoni and Mephibosheth; and the five sons of Michal the daughter of Saul, whom she brought up for Adriel the son of Barzillai the Meholathite:

9 And he delivered them into the hands of the Gibeonites, and they hanged them in the hill before the Lord: and they fell all seven together, and were put to death in the days of harvest, in the first days, in the beginning of barley harvest.

10 And Rizpah the daughter of Aiah took sackcloth, and spread it for her upon the rock, from the beginning of harvest until water dropped upon them out of heaven, and suffered neither the birds of the air to rest on them by day, nor the beasts of the field by night.

11 And it was told David what Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, the concubine of Saul, had done.

12 And David went and took the bones of Saul and the bones of Jonathan his son from the men of Jabeshgilead, which had stolen them from the street of Bethshan, where the Philistines had hanged them, when the Philistines had slain Saul in Gilboa:

13 And he brought up from thence the bones of Saul and the bones of Jonathan his son; and they gathered the bones of them that were hanged.

14 And the bones of Saul and Jonathan his son buried they in the country of Benjamin in Zelah, in the sepulchre of Kish his father: and they performed all that the king commanded. And after that God was intreated for the land.

15 Moreover the Philistines had yet war again with Israel; and David went down, and his servants with him, and fought against the Philistines: and David waxed faint.

16 And Ishbibenob, which was of the sons of the giant, the weight of whose spear weighed three hundred shekels of brass in weight, he being girded with a new sword, thought to have slain David.

17 But Abishai the son of Zeruiah succoured him, and smote the Philistine, and killed him. Then the men of David sware unto him, saying, Thou shalt go no more out with us to battle, that thou quench not the light of Israel.

18 And it came to pass after this, that there was again a battle with the Philistines at Gob: then Sibbechai the Hushathite slew Saph, which was of the sons of the giant.

19 And there was again a battle in Gob with the Philistines, where Elhanan the son of Jaareoregim, a Bethlehemite, slew the brother of Goliath the Gittite, the staff of whose spear was like a weaver’s beam.

20 And there was yet a battle in Gath, where was a man of great stature, that had on every hand six fingers, and on every foot six toes, four and twenty in number; and he also was born to the giant.

21 And when he defied Israel, Jonathan the son of Shimeah the brother of David slew him.

22 These four were born to the giant in Gath, and fell by the hand of David, and by the hand of his servants.

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50 thoughts on “2 Samuel Chapter 21

  1. 15. Moreover the Philistines had yet war again with Israel; and David went down, and his servants with him, and fought against the Philistines: and David waxed faint.

    16. And Ishbi-benob, which was of the sons of the giant, the weight of whose spear weighed three hundred shekels of brass in weight, he being girded with a new sword, thought to have slain David.

    17. But Abishai the son of Zeruiah succoured him, and smote the Philistine, and killed him. Then the men of David sware unto him, saying, Thou shalt go no more out with us to battle, that thou quench not the light of Israel.

    Just because the enemy claims victory over you, that does not mean he has won. We can’t let the enemy destroy our brethren. We must defend each other, for if we don’t show the lost The Light, who will?

  2. 1 Then there was a famine in the days of David three years, year after year; and David enquired of the Lord. And the Lord answered, It is for Saul, and for his bloody house, because he slew the Gibeonites.

    He ENQUIRED of The LORD. This is a GREAT example showing how we should live day by day. If we apply it also to the smaller decisions we will not only worship in Spirit and in truth but we will LIVE in Spirit and in truth!
    My GOD is faithful!!! HALELUJAH!!!

  3. “And when he defied Israel, Jonathan the son of Shimeah the brother of David slew him. These four were born to the giant in Gath, and fell by the hand of David, and by the hand of his servants.”
    ‭‭2 Samuel‬ ‭21:21-22‬ ‭KJV‬‬

  4. Gene Pool

    20 And there was yet a battle in Gath, where was a man of great stature, that had on every hand six fingers, and on every foot six toes, four and twenty in number; and he also was born to the giant.

    21 And when he defied Israel, Jonathan the son of Shimeah the brother of David slew him.

    22 These four were born to the giant in Gath, and fell by the hand of David, and by the hand of his servants.

    When it comes to gene pools it is a tricky thing. We all have characteristics that we inherited from our ancestors. When people limit their gene pool you will see a lot of gene mutations such as 6 fingers on each hand and 6 toes I each feet, you can also see a lot of mental disfunction, and infertility. At the same time you see that David’s brothers and decendents has inherited the same character, courage, and determination. As children of the most high King, by the Holy Ghost, we shall inherits His character, His Love, His Mercy, and all that makes Him who He is Jesus Christ Lord and Savior.
    This are the Genes we have inherited from our God:
    Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
    23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

  5. Parents, we must be cautious with our choices.

    1 Then there was a famine in the days of David three years, year after year; and David enquired of the Lord. And the Lord answered, It is for Saul, and for his bloody house, because he slew the Gibeonites.

    Seven of Saul’s children paid the price for Saul’s choice to kill Gibeonites. Can you imagine for a moment your child having to pay the price for your sins? Do you suppose these seven children went along peacefully like Isaac? Were they expecting God to deliver them as He delivered Isaac? God help me make better decisions and not hold my children accountable for my actions.

  6. 1 Then there was a famine in the days of David three years, year after year; and David enquired of the Lord. And the Lord answered, It is for Saul, and for his bloody house, because he slew the Gibeonites.
    It’s amazing how years after Saul died people were still paying the price for his sins. We must be careful in our actions today because they may affect a generation tomorrow

  7. But the king spared Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan the son of Saul, because of the Lord’s oath that was between them, between David and Jonathan the son of Saul.

  8. 3 Wherefore David said unto the Gibeonites, What shall I do for you? and wherewith shall I make the atonement, that ye may bless the inheritance of the Lord?

  9. PROTECTED BY A COMMITMENT

    7 But the king spared Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan the son of Saul, because of the Lord’s oath that was between them, between David and Jonathan the son of Saul.

    Problems in life should provoke PRAYER not rage. David inquired of the LORD in regards to the famine. The LORD answered and directed David to the Gibeonites. In a fit of rage Saul slew these people and GOD took offense. Now the result of 1 mans rage is that many must suffer.

    Davids inquiry of the LORD led him to action. David sought to rectify the matter and in the process was required to make some tough decisions. The restitution required 7 of Sauls decedents to die. Now King David must choose out 7 to die. What a horrifying position to be in.

    In choosing the 7 David kept a vow, a commitment, a covenant with his friend Jonathan. David protected Mephibosheth in honor of his friend that was already deceased. Mephibosheth was crippled and didn’t have much to offer King David in the form of labor or protection. However, David kept his word to his late friend.

    iPray JESUS would keep fresh in our minds the commitments that we make and have made to him and others. There are some precious promises that are PROTECTED BY A COMMITMENT.

    Someones future is determined by our commitments today.

    Keep your WORD
    Be FAITHFUL

    iRepent
    iPraise
    iPray
    iWork
    iGive
    iReap

  10. 22 These four were born to the giant in Gath, and fell by the hand of David, and by the hand of his servants.

    Even though you may have cut the head off of the giants in your life there will always be another generation to rise up and come against you again. It may not have you bound, but they will surely attack you in other manners. Be sober and keep watch.

  11. We must pray and fast over our choices and keep a calm head. Getting mad and getting even cost us and those we love. Commitments and promised should be made with Gods help and not our own judgment and thoughts.

  12. 1 Then there was a famine in the days of David three years, year after year; and David enquired of the Lord. And the Lord answered, It is for Saul, and for his bloody house, because he slew the Gibeonites.

  13. 8 But the king took the two sons of Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, whom she bare unto Saul, Armoni and Mephibosheth; and the five sons of Michal the daughter of Saul, whom she brought up for Adriel the son of Barzillai the Meholathite:

    9 And he delivered them into the hands of the Gibeonites, and they hanged them in the hill before the Lord: and they fell all seven together, and were put to death in the days of harvest, in the first days, in the beginning of barley harvest.

    10 And Rizpah the daughter of Aiah took sackcloth, and spread it for her upon the rock, from the beginning of harvest until water dropped upon them out of heaven, and suffered neither the birds of the air to rest on them by day, nor the beasts of the field by nigh

    The heart of a mother watching over her children, even though they were grown, and they were gone, still she didn’t want the bird eating away at that flesh. The Church, as a mother to babes in Christ, we need to grasp this concept for our new babies and continually be praying away the spirits to deception and carnality that knawl at their spirits everyday until we see Christ formed in them.

  14. 21 There was a famine during David’s reign that lasted for three years, so David asked the Lord about it. And the Lord said, “The famine has come because Saul and his family are guilty of murdering the Gibeonites.” (NLT)

    In times of trouble, the Lord is the one we should turn to. This verse says David just asked God about it. There should be no fear in coming to God about the problems we face because guess what? He already knows! AND He already has a plan to save us! Yep, God is just that awesome.

  15. iLove to Grow in the Word
    1 Then there was a famine in the days of David three years, year after year; and David enquired of the Lord. And the Lord answered, It is for Saul, and for his bloody house, because he slew the Gibeonites.

    This scripture proves to us beyond a shadow of a doubt that there are certain curses in the supernatural world that have taken place because of past decisions. David simply asked the Lord why there was famine and God simply answered. Novel concept…The hard thing for David was surely to bring the judgement required by God to hand over the grandsons of Saul. The decisions that Saul made once again affected those who were at the time of this judgement were living at peace within the kingdom of David.

    Side note:One point can be made is that the curses of God are indeed real. When the Word says that your finances are cursed for the lack of tithing, you better believe there will be money drought until you get tithing in order. It would be wise to ask God what curses are upon your house and do what it takes to remove those curses.

  16. 1 Then there was a famine in the days of David three years, year after year; and David enquired of the Lord. And the Lord answered, It is for Saul, and for his bloody house, because he slew the Gibeonites.

    David seeks God even when he is tired of situations that arise. God leads him and he makes his decisions based on what God tells him. The kingdom of God is at hand, Lord lead us and guide us always to seek you before we make a move that will affect the lives of those of whom we love.

  17. 15 Moreover the Philistines had yet war again with Israel; and David went down, and his servants with him, and fought against the Philistines: and David waxed faint.

    16 And Ishbibenob, which was of the sons of the giant, the weight of whose spear weighed three hundred shekels of brass in weight, he being girded with a new sword, thought to have slain David.

    17 But Abishai the son of Zeruiah succoured him, and smote the Philistine, and killed him. Then the men of David sware unto him, saying, Thou shalt go no more out with us to battle, that thou quench not the light of Israel.

    It is important for us “The Church” to be aware of our brothern and protect them. When one is weak or waxing faint it is our duty to send them to the house of refuge, let them stay there, and we continue to fit without complaining and judging.

  18. 2 Samuel 21:1 & 14-15 (MSG)
    1) There was a famine in David’s time. It went on year after year after year – three years. David went to God seeking the reason. God said, “This is because there is blood on Saul and his house, from the time he massacred the Gibeonites.”
    14-15) The bodies were taken back to the land of Benjamin and given a decent burial in the tomb of Kish, Saul’s father. They did everything the king ordered to be done. That cleared things up: from then on God responded to Israel’s prayers for the land.

    There are many reasons for unanswered prayers. When we feel that our prayers are not being answered, we should seek God to address the problem. (just don’t wait 3 years to do it.)

  19. there was yet a battle in Gath, where was a man of great stature, that had on every hand six fingers, and on every foot six toes, four and twenty in number; and he also was born to the giant.

    21 And when he defied Israel, Jonathan the son of Shimeah the brother of David slew him.

    22 These four were born to the giant in Gath, and fell by the hand of David, and by the hand of his servants.

  20. “20 And there was yet a battle in Gath, where was a man of great stature, that had on every hand six fingers, and on every foot six toes, four and twenty in number; and he also was born to the giant.
    21 And when he defied Israel, Jonathan the son of Shimeah the brother of David slew him.
    22 These four were born to the giant in Gath, and fell by the hand of David, and by the hand of his servants.”

    2 Samuel 21:20-22

  21. 1 Then there was a famine in the days of David three years, year after year; and David enquired of the Lord. And the Lord answered, It is for Saul, and for his bloody house, because he slew the Gibeonites.

    Famine year after year finally brought David to enquire of the Lord. I wonder if we are facing the same trial over and over, if the Lord isn’t trying to get our attention to inquire of him what is going on! We have failed somewhere along the way and he is wanting us to get something right. There may a reason why 4 giants keep rearing their ugly heads in our life. Seek God and his direction.

  22. 1 Then there was a famine in the days of David three years, year after year; and David enquired of the Lord. And the Lord answered, It is for Saul, and for his bloody house, because he slew the Gibeonites.

    When things start going wrong and trouble seems not to leave one alone it is a very wise thing to go to God in prayer and ask. It might just be that He is trying to get your attention. Pay attention to patterns…it says the famine was year after year.

  23. “And Rizpah the daughter of Aiah took sackcloth, and spread it for her upon the rock, from the beginning of harvest until water dropped upon them out of heaven, and suffered neither the birds of the air to rest on them by day, nor the beasts of the field by night. And it was told David what Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, the concubine of Saul, had done. And David went and took the bones of Saul and the bones of Jonathan his son from the men of Jabesh–gilead, which had stolen them from the street of Beth–shan, where the Philistines had hanged them, when the Philistines had slain Saul in Gilboa:”
    ‭‭2 Samuel‬ ‭21:10-12‬ ‭KJV‬‬

    Often times we think our grief is great. Rizpah’s greif was so great that she ran herself crazy keeping things off the body of her family. This insanity was told to David who then took the bones and buried them.

    Here in America we have no concept if the amount of greif these things include. While we grieve, we have no concept of keeping things off our loved ones bodies. The grief we today have seems to consume people, but really he only way to stop this grief (today and then) is Jesus.

  24. 15 Moreover the Philistines had yet war again with Israel; and David went down, and his servants with him, and fought against the Philistines: and David waxed faint.

    16 And Ishbibenob, which was of the sons of the giant, the weight of whose spear weighed three hundred shekels of brass in weight, he being girded with a new sword, thought to have slain David.

    17 But Abishai the son of Zeruiah succoured him, and smote the Philistine, and killed him. Then the men of David sware unto him, saying, Thou shalt go no more out with us to battle, that thou quench not the light of Israel.

    18 And it came to pass after this, that there was again a battle with the Philistines at Gob: then Sibbechai the Hushathite slew Saph, which was of the sons of the giant.

  25. 2 Samuel 21:3 Wherefore David said unto the Gibeonites, What shall I do for you? and wherewith shall I make the atonement, that you may bless the inheritance of the LORD?

  26. 1 Then there was a famine in the days of David three years, year after year; and David enquired of the Lord. And the Lord answered, It is for Saul, and for his bloody house, because he slew the Gibeonites.

    When in time of sorrow and trouble who do you seek for help? Our first thought should always be to seek the Lord!

  27. 14 They buried the bones of Saul and his son Jonathan in the tomb of Saul’s father Kish, at Zela in Benjamin, and did everything the king commanded. After that, God answered prayer in behalf of the land.

    When we obey, the Lord will answer our prayers. If we’re faithful in the little things the Lord will bless us abundantly. We have to learn to submit and obey our leaders so that the blessing of God will abide in us. Many people still haven’t mastered that and wonder why there always struggling and having problems. We have to learn to put God first and then he will give us the rest. Worry about nothing because God is in control. Just like he gives, he takes away!!!! I trust in you Lord completely!!!

  28. 14 They buried the bones of Saul and his son Jonathan in the tomb of Saul’s father Kish, at Zela in Benjamin, and did everything the king commanded. After that, God answered prayer in behalf of the land.

    When we obey, the Lord will answer our prayers. If we’re faithful in the little things the Lord will bless us abundantly. We have to learn to submit and obey our leaders so that the blessing of God will abide in us. Many people still haven’t mastered that and wonder why there always struggling and having problems. We have to learn to put God first and then he will give us the rest. Worry about nothing because God is in control. Just like he gives, he takes away!!!! I trust in you Lord completely!!!

  29. 14 And the bones of Saul and Jonathan his son buried they in the country of Benjamin in Zelah, in the sepulchre of Kish his father: and they performed all that the king commanded. And after that God was intreated for the land.

    When we obey, the Lord will answer our prayers. If were faithful in they little things, the Lord will bless us abundantly…. I have learned that when walking in the path of God we must submit and obey. Many people wonder why they struggle and have problems…even when things go wrong never forget where God brought us out of. Jesus is ALL we need workout Him we are nothing.

  30. 2 Samuel 21:22 (KJV Strong’s)
    22 These four were born to the giant in Gath, and fell by the hand of David, and by the hand of his servants.

    Giant killers produce giant killers. David took down Goliath in a heroic display of faith in the power of God. Now we see years later, in the twilight of David’s life, men under him are now slaying Giants.

    Submission to authority, and covering are of utmost importance in the kingdom of God. These men were under David and slew Giants. When we align ourselves with the men of God we will be victorious over the same adversaries he has been victorious over.

  31. 14 They buried the bones of Saul and his son Jonathan in the tomb of Saul’s father Kish, at Zela in Benjamin, and did everything the king commanded. After that, God answered prayer in behalf of the land.
    God requires our Obedience, before our Understanding!

  32. 10 And Rizpah the daughter of Aiah took sackcloth, and spread it for her upon the rock, from the beginning of harvest until water dropped upon them out of heaven, and suffered neither the birds of the air to rest on them by day, nor the beasts of the field by night.

    11 And it was told David what Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, the concubine of Saul, had done.

    12 And David went and took the bones of Saul and the bones of Jonathan his son from the men of Jabeshgilead, which had stolen them from the street of Bethshan, where the Philistines had hanged them, when the Philistines had slain Saul in Gilboa:

  33. A Mother’s Love

    Rizpah’s sons died in the Spring and usually the rains usually come about October. Meaning Rizpah’s watch over her children could have lasted up to six months. According to Deuteronomy 21:22-23 people who were executed are to be buried before evening. As we can see the law is set aside here. In the East vultures flock quickly on carcasses (Mat 24:28) so keeping them away is no easy task. She takes watch day and night when the wild animals roam. This mother’s love, devotion and maternal tenderness in greater measure than most books hold in their pages. Anyone can say they love you only those who are loyally devoted to you will go to this extent.

  34. I heard a sermon that Bro Wayne Huntley preached in this passage. He said that David picked out 5 smooth stones to go and face Goliath. David didn’t think that he would need the 5 stones for Goliath. David knew that the one stone was enough. David knew that Goliath had 4 brothers and he came prepared. God has prepared us to do much more that what we are capable of. If we could see him high and lifted up in every battle that we face then we too could have the faith to pick up 5 stones at a time and see what God is going to do.

  35. 22 These four were born to the giant in Gath, and fell by the hand of David, and by the hand of his servants.

    We never know that what we do will inspire others to do mighty things also.

  36. 2 Samuel 21:22 These four were born to the giant in Gath, and fell by the hand of David, and by the hand of his servants.

    You’ve done it once, you can do it again!

    One of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do was water training in the Marine Corps. In particular, the 50 meter underwater cross-over. I remember like it was yesturday, I was in the pool struggling for 3 hrs trying to get cross. Long story short, I made it across. My Staff Seargent came up to me and said,”you did it once, now you have no excuse to not do it again.”

    Once David had killed Goliath, it was the catalyst for the brave men that surrounded David. The ultimate feat of killing a giant. I can imagine when Jonathan the son of Shimeah the brother of David defied the people of God, he could remember what David had done before. There was probably a line of David’s brave men lining up to slay this giant.

    This tells me that when we face the Giants in our life’s, it can instill a boldness into a witness that will give them the confidence to say, if Gods done it for him, he can do it for me!

    Put to display the Giants that you defeat!

  37. 2 Samuel 21:19 In another battle withvthe Philistines at Gob, Elhanan son of Jair the Bethlehemite killed the brother of Goliath the Gittie who had a spear with a shaft like a weavers rod. In still another battle which took place at Gath there was a huge man with six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot 24 and all. He also was descending from Raoha. When he taunted Isreal Jonathan son of Shimeah. David’s brother killed him. These four were descendants of Raphase in Gath and they fell at the hands of David and his men.

  38. In this chapter we see where David seeks an answer from the Lord and he was not only obedient to correct the issue; but, also kept his promise that he had made to his dear friend, Jonathan. We cannot forget or put aside our commitments or promises that we have made; but, seek the Lord for direction as David did.

  39. 8 But the king took the two sons of Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, whom she bare unto Saul, Armoni and Mephibosheth; and the five sons of Michal the daughter of Saul, whom she brought up for Adriel the son of Barzillai the Meholathite:

    Michal, yes was the daughter of Saul, but she was also one of David’s wives…

  40. Saul’s sin had repercussions even after his death. 7 of his descendants died because of his follow. At this time, sons paid for the sins of the father. At a later time, Ezekiel speaks against this (Ez 18:18-20). If we view a progressive revelation with the Bible, it seems this can fall into that category.

  41. There is no battle that is too great for our God to handle. Even though the fight may seem impossible, God will always come out ob top. We have a savior that is able to deliver us from all attacks against us.

  42. “And the bones of Saul and Jonathan his son buried they in the country of Benjamin in Zelah, in the sepulchre of Kish his father: and they performed all that the king commanded. And after that God was intreated for the land.” The word of Jesus (God) said he (David) sought God (Judge). One can learn and possibly avoid allot of anguish and strife if one would simply follow David’s example. Dear God, help us see that we must seek you, so that America may also be healed. God Bless America, Israel, Jerusalem, and you all in Jesus name, Amen!

  43. “Then there was a famine in the days of David three years, year after year; and David enquired of the Lord. And the Lord answered, It is for Saul, and for his bloody house, because he slew the Gibeonites.” Saul’s selfless actions had an expensive price that was settled, long after he had passed. Actions good or bad will always affect more than self, which the Lord is the Judge of all; nevertheless the settling of the account may be long after we are gone. God help us comprehend the importance of seeking you while we can, in Jesus name.

  44. “For three years in a row there wasn’t enough food in the land. That was while David was king. So David asked the Lord why he wasn’t showing his favor to his people. The Lord said, “It is because Saul and his family committed murder. He put the people of Gibeon to death.””
    ‭‭2 Samuel‬ ‭21:1‬ ‭NIRV‬‬

    The sin of one family caused the whole land to be punished. 

  45. 1 Then there was a famine in the days of David three years, year after year; and David enquired of the Lord. And the Lord answered, It is for Saul, and for his bloody house, because he slew the Gibeonites.

    2 And the king called the Gibeonites, and said unto them; (now the Gibeonites were not of the children of Israel, but of the remnant of the Amorites; and the children of Israel had sworn unto them: and Saul sought to slay them in his zeal to the children of Israel and Judah.)

    God cares about how we treat others, no matter if they are in the church or outside. Being a child of God does not make us immune to the consequences of our actions, and the sad reality is that it also leaves the rest of the Body of Christ open to experience those consequences if they are negative as a result of our association with Jesus. There are souls lost and embittered against God and the church because of how they were wrongly treated by those who proclaimed the title of “Christian” or more broadly “church-going” or “believer.”

    This isn’t just some issue with people who “need to learn to forgive and not take things personally,” the problem begins with the sin and the person who introduced it to the situation; the reaction of the individual hurt by the sin is something that they will be judged for individually (bitterness, hatred, retaliation, etc) but the fact that they were provoked to that by the individual whose sin originally incited the situation is not ignored. The Bible at one point gives an example of this by telling fathers to not provoke their children to wrath. The reaction of the children is being used by God to describe the fact that the actions of their fathers have affected them inappropriately.

    The fathers are held accountable for their actions, which is not measured strictly by one set list of “do this, don’t do that” BECAUSE each child will be affected DIFFERENTLY. This reveals a principle of great importance when it comes to dealing with people in general; what is fine with one individual may be very hurtful and damaging for another, and if it is hurtful (and therefor sin because we have done another wrong,) we will be held accountable before God for it.

    We can’t live our lives crushed beneath the burned of trying to please each and every individual and living by the approval of others, BUT we are Biblically called to not sin against anyone and part of this includes being sensitive to when we have caused others hurt and being willing to repent and learn from it. This is a key component to relationship because it deals with how we RELATE to one another. To have a relationship at all, one must experience some level of communion or sharing/relating to one another. The content of that communion defines the relationship.

    Obviously the relationship will be deemed negative if the majority of the time, one party relates to the other in a way that inflicts pain and damage. To say that it is solely the responsibility of the wounded party to say something about the issue is to deny all the non-verbal levels of communion that go on in a relationship. From body language to the sort of words used during interaction, to the amount of emotional/psychology intimacy granted, to the preference of time spent together or not, any beyond, there is always a great wealth of information available from non-verbal ques. In fact, the verbal portion of a relationship is relatively small (no matter how talkative an individual might be) compared to the abundance of non-verbal information shared in communion.

    But we must be willing to listen and become practiced at listening for more than just obvious signs, AND we must be willing to receive what is being said without trying to alter it according to our preferences or deny it because we don’t like it.

    James 1:19-22
    Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:

    For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.

    Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.

    But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

  46. 22 These four were born to the giant in Gath, and fell by the hand of David, and by the hand of his servants.

  47. 1There was a famine during David’s reign that lasted for three years, so David asked the LORD about it. And the LORD said, “The famine has come because Saul and his family are guilty of murdering the Gibeonites.”

    Why would David wait so long to ask the Lord what the reason was for the drought? Just like us, we distance ourselves from God every now and then, without realizing it. We have to continue to pray and speak to God on a daily basis, or we’ll forget about God.

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