David had a charismatic son called Absalom. He was also a very ambitious prince. He wanted to be king. He engineered a successful revolt. David and his loyalists had to flee the capital – Jerusalem.
The wisest man in David’s council was Ahithophel. Shrewdly, he betrayed his master and followed the rising sun.
But God would not let the sun set on His anointed. He planted a man called Hushai to counter the counsel of Ahithophel to Absalom.
The coup failed. Ahithophel’s wise counsel was rejected to his ruin.
Ahithophel did not realize that it was better to foolish for the right cause, than wise in the wrong course. He paid the supreme price.
There is a Man here who can
Turn on the Light of deliverance
At earth’s dawn He called order
From the chaos of insouciance
And defeated darkness with Light
The benighted foe still fights on
With black arts of weaving unbelief
Waving a wand of doubt and fear
Till he is defeated by the Light
So resist the urge to scream in despair
Let the piercing Light of His promises
Illumine the dungeon’s deepest cellars
And dry your tears for Son-Light is near
If the escape route seems unclear
Or your faith has vanished into a void
Call Him and one Finger flips the switch
Sending demon-caste scurrying in fear
When David was on his deathbed, the question of succession arose. David had earlier proclaimed Solomon his heir.
Adonijah had other ideas. He set up a coronation party. He invited many dignitaries. Crucially he did not invite the prophet Nathan.
Nathan got a wind of it and hurried to David to halt the plot. David reaffirmed his royal decree and Solomon was crowned for all to see.
Adonijah erred by not consulting the prophet. For the Word comes to the prophet. Bypassing the Word, he thought by the sword to overcome the royal son of David.
He failed. Same Word tells us that all who resist the coronation of Christ the Royal Son of David will fail. They make the same mistake and perish for failing to consult the Word-prophet.
On a searing hot Sunday afternoon
Cleopas and friend were mournful
As they trod the road to Emmaus
The Messiah’s loss was so painful
The Lamb was harangued and hanged
He who was once the Great Jewish Hope
And Israel’s freedom was now damned
With faith crushed how would they cope?
A Stranger joined them on the way
And asked the cause of their sadness
Bemused, they mused He must be new
Not to know about Friday’s gory darkness
The Stranger began with prophecies of old
How Friday’ crucifixion was a manifestation
And a triumph of Messianic vindication
For Christ must offer to suffer and die for all
To take away the dark cloud of death’s pall
He spoke till they arrived Emmaus at dusk
They invited Him in-made their home an inn
Supper served, He broke bread in His manner
Revelation flashed, This was Him the same as
Before the nails and gore-He was risen
Off He went to confirm His resurrection
To others like us still bound in fear’s prison
For He is that same as He was that day
By past prophecy proving His present sway
Israel of old was led by God. He chose to lead them by prophets. He revealed His will to the prophet who directed the people with Divine counsel.
Israel’s neighbours were not ruled like this. They had kings who ruled by the sword – and frequently died by same. The kings imposed their laws and their deities on them.
Israel looked and lusted. They wanted to be like the others. To be led into battle by a king in shining armour. They came to Samuel and insisted on a king.
Samuel cried. God rebuked him. For it was not Samuel that they rejected, but the God that spoke through him. God asked Samuel to tell them the high costs of maintaining a sovereign. He would conscript sons, daughters, farms and vineyards for his business or pleasure. Israel did not budge. God gave them their desire.
It is always wrong to reject the leadership of the Word in favour of a hierarchical leadership. It always results in a loss of spiritual liberty and financial expropriation.
Lazarus’ nose had now fallen in
Decomposition had truly set in
It was his fourth day in the tomb
Surrounded by bones shrouded
In hopeless and silent darkness
Yet he had radio-activity in decay
His spiritual receiver was still on
While alive he had paired it with
The Voice-Transmitter of Christ
Now he waited for the signal to rise
When it came he crackled unto life
Today all that have paired receivers
Can hear His Voice and be free
From all chains wherever they be
Believe the biblical Voice-promises
Let faith ‘copy’ – the problem is ‘over’
One day there will be a final broadcast
All with receivers will rise from the dust
Pair today to be part of this forecast
God in His wisdom chose Moses to be the leader of the Exodus. He was consistent with His Word. For the Word comes to the prophet.
Korah, Dathan and Abiram had other ideas. They challenged Moses. Surely he was not the only holy man. All the congregation of Israel (Israel was the church in the wilderness) were holy.
This was true. For all of Israel was under the blood of the atonement. The lamb/heifer/bullock died for them.
But the same God that provided an atonement also specified a prophet-leader. To reject that under any guise was to reject the leadership of God in that age.
Korah et al, discovered the consequence when the ground opened and they and their entire families (followers) were buried alive never to be seen again.
Those who hide under the umbrella of the Atonement and reject the Word-prophet, will find themselves soon buried in the earth’s bowels.