2 Samuel 20* Sheba's rebellion. (1-3) Amasa slain by Joab. (4-13) Shebatakes refuge in Abel. (14-22) David's officers. (23-26)1-3 One trial arises after another for our good, till we reachthe place where sin and sorrow are for ever done away. Angrydisputers misunderstand or misconstrue one another's words;proud men will have every thing their own way, or wholly refusetheir assistance. The favour of the many is not to be dependedupon; and what have others to expect, when Hosanna to the Son ofDavid was soon changed to Crucify him, crucify him? 4-13 Joab barbarously murdered Amasa. The more plot there is ina sin, the worse it is. Joab contentedly sacrificed the interestboth of the king and the kingdom to his personal revenge. Butone would wonder with what face a murderer could pursue atraitor; and how, under such a load of guilt, he had courage toenter upon danger: his conscience was seared. 14-22 Justly is that place attacked, which dares to harbour atraitor; nor will the heart fare better which indulgesrebellious lusts, that will not have Christ to reign over them.A discreet woman, by her prudent management, satisfied Joab, andyet saved the city. Wisdom is not confined to rank or sex; itconsists not in deep knowledge; but in understanding how to actas matters arise, that troubles may be turned away and benefitssecured. A great deal of mischief would be prevented, ifcontending parties would understand one another. Let both sidesbe undeceived. The single condition of peace is, the surrenderof the traitor. It is so in God's dealing with the soul, whenbesieged by conviction and distress; sin is the traitor; thebeloved lust is the rebel: part with that, cast away thetransgression, and all shall be well. There is no peace on anyother terms. 23-26 Here is the state of David's court, after hisrestoration. It is well when able men are appointed to dischargepublic duties; let all seek to perform those duties, as faithfulservants to the Son of David.
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