Bible In One Year-Day 118 (Monday, April 28, 2014)

Commentary: 2Sam13-15. ‘The rich also cry’ is a saying which is true. People admire the wealth of the rich but I doubt if they would want the troubles going on within the household of the rich. There are so many ugly things covered up under beautiful clothes. The coffin may be beautiful but that which is inside, if not quickly buried, will mess up the surrounding. In 2Sam13-15 we read of a sorrowful moment for David. It was a mess within his household. Though we may attribute it to his sin for killing Uriah, a critical look at the scenario points to the person the devil used to kindle the fire of judgment, a crafty man called Jonadab;

2 Samuel 13:3 “But Amnon had a friend, whose name was Jonadab, the son of Shimeah David’s brother: and Jonadab was a very subtil man.”

The demon that entered Amnon to manifest as an unholy desire is the same demon that entered Jonadab to advice Amnon on how to go about the evil. The evil and unholy urge in Amnon was drying him up little by little. This is how demon works if it finds its way into someone. There are two ways to getting relieved; compliance to the demonic order and deliverance. If one goes for complying with the demonic order, it leads to shame, dissatisfaction and death. But deliverance casts out the demon and one becomes free and back to senses. When the devil uses a person, he abandons the person to regret, depression and death. Amnon hated the sister after the demon had completed its work. The real enemy was the demon not Amnon. It was unfortunate that Amnon had a demonic friend who helped the demon to destroy him. Amnon needed help, if he had met a deliverance minister rather than a destructive minister (evil advisers), his life would have been saved from this destruction. The people we meet in life matters a lot. Some add to our lives while some subtract or reduce from it. Their roles could be measured by what comes out with time. Amnon died two years after the havoc he did to that peaceful family, but the problem he started outlived him. The same evil friend posed as good adviser to David;

2 Samuel 13:32 “And Jonadab, the son of Shimeah David’s brother, answered and said, Let not my lord suppose that they have slain all the young men the king’s sons; for Amnon only is dead: for by the appointment of Absalom this hath been determined from the day that he forced his sister Tamar.”

Many have been diverted away from the place of their blessing and homes have been broken apart by bad counsels. We, however, need to identify the real enemy which is the resident demon that is drying the person up and not the agent outside. This resident demon is responsible for the horrible errors we make in life. If anger is inside, provocation will be the agent, if there is a lying spirit inside, fear is the demonic agent to prompt it. The spirit of Jonadab is the spirit that operates in bad counselors. That same spirit operated in Ahithophel. Counsel is good because by it, purpose is established but you must know the type of counsel you take;

Psalms 1:1 “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.”

The best counsel you need is to search the scripture. May the Spirit of His word find a place in you in the name of Jesus;

John 6:63 “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak to you, they are spirit, and they are life.”

Our reading for today is 2Sam16-18. Keep the fire burning and alive

John 5:39 “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.”

Matthew 22:29 “Jesus answered and said to them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.”

Job 5:13 “He taketh the wise in their own craftiness: and the counsel of the froward is carried headlong.”

Psalms 33:10 The LORD bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: he maketh the devices of the people of none effect.”

Psalms 33:11 The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.

Proverbs 8:14 “Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength.”

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