2 Samuel 20

* Sheba's rebellion. (1-3) Amasa slain by Joab. (4-13) Sheba

takes refuge in Abel. (14-22) David's officers. (23-26)

1-3 One trial arises after another for our good, till we reach

the place where sin and sorrow are for ever done away. Angry

disputers misunderstand or misconstrue one another's words;

proud men will have every thing their own way, or wholly refuse

their assistance. The favour of the many is not to be depended

upon; and what have others to expect, when Hosanna to the Son of

David was soon changed to Crucify him, crucify him?
4-13 Joab barbarously murdered Amasa. The more plot there is in

a sin, the worse it is. Joab contentedly sacrificed the interest

both of the king and the kingdom to his personal revenge. But

one would wonder with what face a murderer could pursue a

traitor; and how, under such a load of guilt, he had courage to

enter upon danger: his conscience was seared.
14-22 Justly is that place attacked, which dares to harbour a

traitor; nor will the heart fare better which indulges

rebellious lusts, that will not have Christ to reign over them.

A discreet woman, by her prudent management, satisfied Joab, and

yet saved the city. Wisdom is not confined to rank or sex; it

consists not in deep knowledge; but in understanding how to act

as matters arise, that troubles may be turned away and benefits

secured. A great deal of mischief would be prevented, if

contending parties would understand one another. Let both sides

be undeceived. The single condition of peace is, the surrender

of the traitor. It is so in God's dealing with the soul, when

besieged by conviction and distress; sin is the traitor; the

beloved lust is the rebel: part with that, cast away the

transgression, and all shall be well. There is no peace on any

other terms.
23-26 Here is the state of David's court, after his

restoration. It is well when able men are appointed to discharge

public duties; let all seek to perform those duties, as faithful

servants to the Son of David.

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