Monday, September 29, 2014
Bible Questions Answered:
“Pastor, our country is so sick and tired of war. I hope you will print this letter to let all know, that in our country it is not necessarily its people that rush head long into war, but some of its leaders...”
Wilbur/ Cranston, Rhode Island U.S.A.
Here's an Old Testament story about two of King David's nephews, Asahel, and Joab, and King Saul's Commander-in-chief, Abner.
At the death of King Saul, Abner appointed Saul's son Ishbosheth, as King, thee only one problem with that, was the fact that The Lord had told Samuel to anoint David to be king, before Saul's death (I Samuel 16:13).
And so it was Israel against the house of Judah.
II Samuel 2:18-32 NLT (Death of Asahel)
18 Joab, Abishai, and Asahel—the three sons of Zeruiah—were among David’s forces that day. Asahel could run like a gazelle,
19 and he began chasing Abner. He pursued him relentlessly, not stopping for anything.
20 When Abner looked back and saw him coming, he called out, “Is that you, Asahel?” “Yes, it is,” he replied.
21 “Go fight someone else!” Abner warned. “Take on one of the younger men, and strip him of his weapons.” But Asahel kept right on chasing Abner.
22 Again Abner shouted to him, “Get away from here! I don’t want to kill you. How could I ever face your brother Joab again?”
23 But Asahel refused to turn back, so Abner thrust the butt end of his spear through Asahel’s stomach, and the spear came out through his back. He stumbled to the ground and died there. And everyone who came by that spot stopped and stood still when they saw Asahel lying there.
24 When Joab and Abishai found out what had happened, they set out after Abner. The sun was just going down as they arrived at the hill of Ammah near Giah, along the road to the wilderness of Gibeon.
25 Abner’s troops from the tribe of Benjamin regrouped there at the top of the hill to take a stand.
26 Abner shouted down to Joab, “Must we always be killing each other? Don’t you realize that bitterness is the only result? When will you call off your men from chasing their Israelite brothers?”
27 Then Joab said, “God only knows what would have happened if you hadn’t spoken, for we would have chased you all night if necessary.”
28 So Joab blew the ram’s horn, and his men stopped chasing the troops of Israel.
29 All that night Abner and his men retreated through the Jordan Valley. They crossed the Jordan River, traveling all through the morning, and didn’t stop until they arrived at Mahanaim.
30 Meanwhile, Joab and his men also returned home. When Joab counted his casualties, he discovered that only 19 men were missing in addition to Asahel.
31 But 360 of Abner’s men had been killed, all from the tribe of Benjamin.
32 Joab and his men took Asahel’s body to Bethlehem and buried him there in his father’s tomb. Then they traveled all night and reached Hebron at daybreak.
Abner shouted out to his enemy Joab, “Must we always be killing each other? Don’t you realize that bitterness is the only result?
II Samuel 2:26 KJV
Then Abner called to Joab, and said, Shall the sword devour for ever? knowest thou not that it will be bitterness in the latter end?
Job 22:23-25 KJV
23 If thou return to The Almighty, thou shalt be built up, thou shalt put away iniquity far from thy tabernacles.
24 Then shalt thou lay up gold as dust, and the gold of Ophir as the stones of the brooks.
25 Yea, the Almighty shall be thy defense..."
Psalm 29:11 KJV
The Lord will give strength unto His people; The Lord will bless His people with peace.
Psalm 62:2 KJV
He only is my Rock and my Salvation; He is my Defense; I shall not be greatly moved.
Psalm 89:18 KJV
For The Lord is our defense; and The Holy One Of Israel is our King.
Proverbs 12:20 NLT
Deceit fills hearts that are plotting evil; joy fills hearts that are planning peace!
Isaiah 26:3,4 KJV
3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
4 Trust ye in The Lord for ever: for in The Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength:
Isaiah 48:18 KJV
O that thou hadst hearkened to My commandments! then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea:
Matthew 5:9 KJV
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Luke 1:78,79 KJV (The Dayspring-Our Messiah, The Lord Jesus.)
78 Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the Dayspring (Dawn) from on high hath visited us,
79 To give Light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.
Romans 12:14-21 KJV
14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.
15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.
16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.
17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.
18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is Mine; I will repay, saith The Lord.
20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
Romans 14:19 KJV
Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.
Galatians 5:22,23 KJV
22 But the fruit of The Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
James 3:17,18 KJV
17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.
Hebrews 12:14 KJV
Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see The Lord:
Isaiah 48:22 KJV
There is no peace, saith The Lord, unto the wicked.
Isaiah 59:8 KJV
The Way Of Peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace.
Ezekiel 7:25 KJV
Destruction cometh; and they shall seek peace, and there shall be none.
Future Peace, Through The Millennial Rule And Reign Of Jesus Christ:
Isaiah 2:2-4 NLT
2 In the last days, the mountain of The Lord’s house will be the highest of all— the most important place on earth. It will be raised above the other hills, and people from all over the world will stream there to worship.
3 People from many nations will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of The Lord, to the house of Jacob’s God. There He will teach us His ways, and we will walk in His paths.” For The Lord’s teaching will go out from Zion; His word will go out from Jerusalem.
4 The Lord will mediate between nations and will settle international disputes. They will hammer their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will no longer fight against nation, nor train for war anymore.
Isaiah 11:1-9 NLT (The Promised Messiah-The Lord Jesus Christ.)
1 Out of the stump of David’s family will grow a Shoot— yes, a new Branch bearing fruit from the old root.
2 And The Spirit Of The Lord will rest on Him— The Spirit Of Wisdom And Understanding, The Spirit Of Counsel And Might, The Spirit Of Knowledge And The Fear Of The Lord.
3 He will delight in obeying The Lord. He will not judge by appearance nor make a decision based on hearsay.
4 He will give justice to the poor and make fair decisions for the exploited. The earth will shake at the force of His word, and one breath from His mouth will destroy the wicked.
5 He will wear righteousness like a belt and Truth like an undergarment.
6 In that day the wolf and the lamb will live together; the leopard will lie down with the baby goat. The calf and the yearling will be safe with the lion, and a little child will lead them all.
7 The cow will graze near the bear. The cub and the calf will lie down together. The lion will eat hay like a cow.
8 The baby will play safely near the hole of a cobra. Yes, a little child will put its hand in a nest of deadly snakes without harm.
9 Nothing will hurt or destroy in all My holy mountain, for as the waters fill the sea, so the earth will be filled with people who know The Lord.
God's Blessings Are To The Nations That:
Psalm 33:12 KJV
Blessed is the nation whose God is The Lord; and the people whom He hath chosen for His own inheritance.
Psalm 34:14 KJV
Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.