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Nehemiah Part 33. A tour of the walls of Jerusalem with Nehemiah, part 6. The Valley Gate for King David.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

A harem is a group of women associated with one man, made up of wives, concubines, female relatives, and servants.

PSA 32:1-2 How blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
How blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.

David was a man with a very-very strong physical drive, in pleasure, as a great soldier, and in the area of sexual desires.

The Spring was the time in the ancient world for military activity.

The norm and standard was for the king to go out to battle with his soldiers.
David was not only the commander of the Jewish army but he was also the king of Israel.

“stayed” is the Qal active participle of “jashab” which means that he not only remained, but he had no intention
of ever going again.

He is now becoming “cowardly” in his soul and as we will see, he has lost his courage and is now occupied with lasciviousness.

There was one place where David should have been, God’s will for him was to be leading the armies, instead he is staying home. David’s real problems, which leads to suffering under the law of volitional responsibility, begin by being in the wrong geographical location.

Even though he is a mature believer, he got in a state of degeneracy.

Cowardice and a lost of sense of responsibility
as the commander and authority and chief over the army.

He became arrogant in many areas by falling into one of the most common systems of arrogance, which is sexual arrogance.

1. Negative volition arrogance – David got away from God’s word.
2. Self-righteousness arrogance – We’ll see David living in self-justification.
3. Sexual arrogance – David thought he was a sex athlete.
4. Criminal arrogance – David will commit murder.

5. Psychopathic arrogance – David will become psychotic as he did in Psa 38.
6. Arrogance of unhappiness – No woman could satisfy David at all.
7. Iconoclastic arrogance – David made
an Icon of himself.
8. Rational and irrational arrogance – David was both, rational in self-justification, irrational in emotionalism.

 9. Client nation arrogance – David didn’t care about Israel on the battlefield.
10. Conspiratorial arrogance – he conspired with Joab to kill Uriah, Bathsheba’s husband.
11. Arrogance of legalism – we’ll see David judging others for the same sins he committed.
12. Authority arrogance – David used his authority for self.
13. Emotional arrogance – David allowed his emotions to rule him.

David used women for personal self-gratification. For David, it was a strong case of sexual arrogance.
Sexual arrogance inevitably produces an increased lust which is abnormal.

As capacity for love decreases, sexual and abnormal lust increases. The more women with which a man has sex, the more intensified becomes his arrogance, so that sex destroys thought, and when sex destroys thought, it destroys the most powerful sexual apparatus, the soul. This is why he was vulnerable when he saw a beautiful woman bathing herself on the roof in the officers’ quarters below Castle Zion.

David entered this system through the practice of polygamy and sexual arrogance.

Abigail of Carmel, 1SA 25:42 A-hin-o-am of Jezreel, 1SA 25:43.

Ma-a-cah, the daughter of the king of Geshur, 2SA 3:3.
Hag-gith, the mother of Ado-ni-jah, 2SA 3:4.

A-bi-tal and Eg-lah, 2SA 3:4-5. Michal, the daughter of King Saul.

He has at least 10 mistresses and then he took even more wives, 2SA 5:13. He has children by them whose names are not given, they are mentioned as a group of bastards in 1CH 3:9. There were also many unnamed wives at Jerusalem, 2SA 5:13-16, 1CH 3:5-8, and 1CH 14:4-7.

Polygamy means to have a plurality of wives. It is the antithesis of monogamy, having one mate only. Polygamy is prohibited, DEU 17:14-17. Polygamy violates the divine law of right man and right woman, GEN 2:24.

God is going to use the children of David’s polygamous affairs to discipline David. Reaping what you sow or suffering under the law of volitional responsibility.

1. Rebound which is the PSD that functions and operates automatically.
2. The faith-rest drill, the first PSD that depends upon the believer’s ability to learn and function under.

PSA 32:5 I acknowledged my sin to Thee, And my iniquity I did not hide; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord”; And Thou didst forgive the guilt of my sin. Selah.
PSA 38:18 For I confess my iniquity; I am full of anxiety because of my sin.

JER 3:13 Only acknowledge your iniquity, That you have transgressed against the Lord your God And have scattered your favors to the strangers under every green tree, And you have not obeyed My voice,’ declares the Lord.
JOS 7:19 Then Joshua said to Achan, “My son, I implore you, give glory to the Lord, the God of Israel, and give praise to Him; and tell me now what you have done. Do not hide it from me.”

PRO 28:13 He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, But he who confesses and forsakes {them} will find compassion.

LEV 5:4-5, Or if a person swears thoughtlessly with his lips to do evil or to do good, in whatever matter a man may speak thoughtlessly with an oath, and it is hidden from him, and then he comes to know it, he will be guilty in one of these. So it shall be when he becomes guilty in one of these, that he shall confess that in which he has sinned.

A short trip to unhappiness is to always blame others for your problems, not seeing them as a result of your bad decisions.

GAL 6:7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.
HOS 8:7 “They who sow to the wind shall also reap the whirlwind.”
COL 3:25 “For he who does wrong will receive the consequences of that wrong which he has done, and there is no partiality [from God].”

2. The Old Testament saints need to master the faith-rest drill,
the first PSD that depends upon the believer’s ability to learn and function under.

PSA 55:22 Cast your burden upon the Lord, and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.

Mixing faith with the promises of God allows the believer to enjoy rest and to be free from stress and anxiety.

PSA 4:8 In peace I will both lie down and sleep, For Thou alone,
O Lord, dost make me to dwell in safety.

Mixing faith with the promises of God allows the believer to handle the inevitable adversities in life.

PSA 34:19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous; But the Lord delivers him out of them all.
PSA 56:11 “In God I put my trust. I will not be afraid of what man can do to me.”
DEU 31:8 “And the Lord is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear, or be dismayed.”

ACT 2:25 “For David says of Him, I was “always” beholding the Lord in my presence; for He is at my right hand, that I may not be shaken.
ACT 13:22, “And after He had removed him, [Saul] He raised up David to be their king, concerning whom He also testified and said, ‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after my heart, who will do
“all my will.”
ACT 13:36, “For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep, and was laid among
his fathers,

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