If God’s ultimate purpose for his creation is the new heavens and the new earth where there will be no more tears, why is the journey to that kingdom so long and difficult? Why are there so many tears on the way?” Well, brothers and sisters, this is where the real issue of Christianity comes out. I have been reading Ryle and he helpfully has reminded me that, “No doubt Christ’s way to eternal life is a way of pleasantness. But it is folly to shut our eyes to the fact that His way is narrow, and the cross comes before the crown.” Of course, we saw this same conflict in many of the Saints of God throughout the ages, but none more so than in the life of our Saviour. And when Satan gave Him the opportunity to opt out of the pain Jesus rejected the temptation, and he set out on the long and difficult journey that would take him to Jerusalem and to the cross. Because when we wait on the LORD the day maybe long and hard, but the glory to God will be unmistakable!
Pastor Drew is a graduate of Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He got his Masters of Divinity in 2010 and has been planting Omega OPC in Williamsport PA, since then. Check out some sermons by Pastor Drew Adcock Related Sermons David of Grace (1 Samuel 16:1-13) August 14, 2016 Spirits Working (1 Samuel 16:14-23) August 21, 2016 Testing the Champion (1 Samuel 17:12-30) September 25, 2016 Colossal Fight (1 Samuel 17:41-58) October 16, 2016 Plotting Against the LORD (1 Samuel 18:17-30) October 30, 2016 Peacemaker and Providence (1 Samuel 19:1-10) November 13, 2016 Sovereign Spirit (1 Samuel 19:11-27) November 20, 2016 Fear and Faithfulness (1 Samuel 20:1-23) December 18, 2016 Family or Covenant? (1 Samuel 20:24-42) January 1, 2017 What David Did (1 Samuel 21:1-9) January 15, 2017 Nadir to Apex (1 Samuel 21:10-15) January 22, 2017 What Antichrist Looks Like (1 Samuel 22:6-23)… (read more)
1 Samuel 24
24:1 When Saul returned from following the Philistines, he was told, “Behold, David is in the wilderness of Engedi.” 2 Then Saul took three thousand chosen men out of all Israel and went to seek David and his men in front of the Wildgoats' Rocks. 3 And he came to the sheepfolds by the way, where there was a cave, and Saul went in to relieve himself. Now David and his men were sitting in the innermost parts of the cave. 4 And the men of David said to him, “Here is the day of which the Lord said to you, ‘Behold, I will give your enemy into your hand, and you shall do to him as it shall seem good to you.’” Then David arose and stealthily cut off a corner of Saul's robe. 5 And afterward David's heart struck him, because he had cut off a corner of Saul's robe. 6 He said to his men, “The Lord forbid that I should do this thing to my lord, the Lord's anointed, to put out my hand against him, seeing he is the Lord's anointed.” 7 So David persuaded his men with these words and did not permit them to attack Saul. And Saul rose up and left the cave and went on his way.
8 Afterward David also arose and went out of the cave, and called after Saul, “My lord the king!” And when Saul looked behind him, David bowed with his face to the earth and paid homage. 9 And David said to Saul, “Why do you listen to the words of men who say, ‘Behold, David seeks your harm’? 10 Behold, this day your eyes have seen how the Lord gave you today into my hand in the cave. And some told me to kill you, but I spared you. I said, ‘I will not put out my hand against my lord, for he is the Lord's anointed.’ 11 See, my father, see the corner of your robe in my hand. For by the fact that I cut off the corner of your robe and did not kill you, you may know and see that there is no wrong or treason in my hands. I have not sinned against you, though you hunt my life to take it. 12 May the Lord judge between me and you, may the Lord avenge me against you, but my hand shall not be against you. 13 As the proverb of the ancients says, ‘Out of the wicked comes wickedness.’ But my hand shall not be against you. 14 After whom has the king of Israel come out? After whom do you pursue? After a dead dog! After a flea! 15 May the Lord therefore be judge and give sentence between me and you, and see to it and plead my cause and deliver me from your hand.”
16 As soon as David had finished speaking these words to Saul, Saul said, “Is this your voice, my son David?” And Saul lifted up his voice and wept. 17 He said to David, “You are more righteous than I, for you have repaid me good, whereas I have repaid you evil. 18 And you have declared this day how you have dealt well with me, in that you did not kill me when the Lord put me into your hands. 19 For if a man finds his enemy, will he let him go away safe? So may the Lord reward you with good for what you have done to me this day. 20 And now, behold, I know that you shall surely be king, and that the kingdom of Israel shall be established in your hand. 21 Swear to me therefore by the Lord that you will not cut off my offspring after me, and that you will not destroy my name out of my father's house.” 22 And David swore this to Saul. Then Saul went home, but David and his men went up to the stronghold.