Speaker: Don Guthrie
2 Samuel 5:1
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"Then all the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron and said, 'Behold, we are your bone and your flesh. (2) Previously, when Saul was king over us, you were the one who led Israel out and in. And the Lord said to you, 'You will shepherd My people Israel, and you will be ruler over Israel.' (3) So all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron, and King David made a covenant with them before the Lord at Hebron; then they anointed David king over Israel. (4) David was thirty years old when he became king, and he reigned forty years. (5) At Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months, and in Jerusalem he reigned thirty-three years over all Israel and Judah. . .When the Philistines heard that they had anointed David king over Israel, all the Philistines went up to seek out David; and when David heard of it, he went down to the stronghold. (18) Now the Philistines came and spread themselves out in the valley of Rephaim. (19) Then David inquired of the Lord, saying, 'Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will You give them into my hand?' And the Lord said to David, "Go up, for I will certainly give the Philistines into your hand.' (20) So David came to Baal-perazim and defeated them there; and he said, 'The Lord has broken through my enemies before me like the breakthrough of waters." Therefore he named the place Baal-perazim. (21) They abandoned their idols there, so David and his men carried them away" (2 Samuel 5:1-4, 17-21).
It is how God works. Slow and then fast!
Patient years and then a victory so complete and full that it surprises even you! Breakthrough!
Baal (Lord) Perazim (paras-to break forth)
More than an event in history. A revelation of God's ways.
God IS patient. "The Lord is not slow in keeping His promises, as some count slowness. He is patient with you, not willing for anyone to perish, but for all to come to repentance" (2 Peter 3:9). Patient because He has BIG plans.
Patience then power. Trust then triumph. Slow, slow, slow, FAST!
--UNITY AND BREAKTHROUGH
"For since there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not fleshly, and are you not walking like mere men? When one says, 'I am of Paul,' and another says, "I am of Apollos,' are you not mere men?" (1 Corinthians 3:3-4).
--HUMILITY AND BREAKTHROUGH
"And David realized that the Lord had established him as king over Israel, and that He had exalted his kingdom for the sake of His people Israel" (2 Samuel 5:12).
The first shall be last.
The Fall of Tall Saul. The Rise of Young David. Humble yourself, He will lift you up.
--PRAYER AND BREAKTHROUGH
Shall I go up?
Wait in Jerusalem for the promise of God. The power and wisdom of the Holy Spirit. Acts 1:4 A mighty rushing wind. Similar to what David heard.
Those who wait on the Lord. . .
Luke 18--a widow who never gave up.
"Now, will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry to Him day and night, and will He delay long over them? (8) I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?" (Luke 18:7-8).