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Where Is God When? (2009 Message Series on the Life of David)

Right now, in Project 4:4, we are reading about the life of David. Despite David being one of the most influential characters of the Bible, and in human history, we are only having one Sunday message about him. One of the reasons for this decision is back in 2009 we did a thirteen part series on the life of David. The series was called “Where Is God When?” (more…)

David —–> Jesus

David was a type, or foreshadowing of Jesus. The King of Israel as a two dimensional shadow of the three dimensional King of Kings. Like the guy in “Fu man chu’s China Buffet” offering Princess Chicken on a toothpick as a sample of the entree to come, so David is offered as a sampling of the King to come. Check out the parallels:

David came from humble origins. He was just a shepherd boy born in a nowhereville town called Bethlehem.
Jesus came from humble origins. He was just a carpenter boy born in a nowhereville town called Bethlehem.

David was a shepherd, tending his sheep and keeping them safe from predators.
Jesus is the Good Shepherd, laying down His life for His sheep.

David mystified his family by his anointing, effectiveness and power.
Jesus mystified his family by his remarkable teaching, claims, and resurrection.

David stared death in the face, in the form of a giant Philistine,
Jesus stared death in the face, in the form of a roman execution,
wearing nothing but shepherds clothes,
wearing nothing but a loin cloth,
carrying only a stick and stones.
carrying only two sticks in the form of a cross.

David spoke and led with authority, amazing people as a warrior, writer and musician.
Jesus spoke and led with authority, amazing people as a teacher, healer, and miracle worker.

David spent 10 years in the wilderness.
Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness.
He was running from Saul,
He was tempted by Satan,
protected by God,
protected by God
and writing God’s word.
and quoting God’s word.

David ruled a mighty political kingdom, expanding Israel’s territory during his 40 year reign.
Jesus rules a mighty spiritual kingdom expanding God’s territory during his eternal reign.

David had his 30 followers, mighty men of strength who fought for him.
Jesus had his 12 disciples, common men used by God to change the world.

David was the anointed one, chosen to be the King of Israel.
Jesus was the anointed one, chosen to be the King of…everything.

David was called the King of the Jews a title that he owned with pride
Jesus was called the King of the Jews, a title that hung over His head on the cross.

David was the savior of Israel, keeping the country free from foreign threats.
Jesus is the savior of the world, giving all men freedom from sin.

The prophet Nathan told David his name would be great, and many knees would bow to him.
At the name of Jesus, every knee will bow in heaven and on earth and under the earth.

David was promised that one of his descendants would rule on his throne forever!
Jesus is the descendant who rules on his throne forever!

David cried out to the Father from the caves, asking “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?”
Jesus cried out to the Father from the cross, asking “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?”

David predicted “You will not let your holy one see decay.”
Jesus fulfilled that prediction by dying, and not decaying.

David, while being only human was used mightily by God to change Israel.
Jesus, while divine, became a human and was used mightily by God to change…everything.

Census Anger?

In the message on 2 Samuel 24 “A sacrifice that costs nothing”, I mentioned that I would blog about the difficult Bible question: “Why was God so mad about the census?” Wasn’t David simply counting people? Well, today, I am trying something new…a video blog. The answer to that question can be found in the video below!

Angry at Census? from CCC Omaha on Vimeo.

Great response from Message

Here is an email I got from a family that came on Sunday! Great story about a girl who is not ashamed!

Dear Mark,
I wanted to tell you a story regarding your last sermon that I think will warm your heart. My 13 year old daughter, Aleesha was in Access this last Sunday for service. One thing you said during the sermom really spoke to her heart ” Sin always costs more than it’s worth” She wanted to write it down and lacking paper took the next best thing – her arm – because that’s the perfect place to write things down so you won’t forget! She left it there, and went to school with short sleeves on Monday. One of her teachers saw the writting on her arm and became very upset that she would write on her arm, not stopping to ask her what it was she sent my daughter to the nurses office to wash it off. Aleesha complied and began to scrub and scrub, till her arm was beat red. The ink would not budge. The nurse finally stopped her out of concern for her arm. My daughter then said to me “it just proved to me that you can’t wash away the Truth! It’s like it’s a part of me forever now!” My daughter is sometimes wise beyond her years. I do believe the ink will fade, but the words now never will.
Thank You!
Shawn Liu

What about babies?

One of the most heart-wrenching questions that somebody asks about eternity is the question “What happens to babies that die before they have the chance to make a decision for Jesus?” It was a question that I asked back in my early marriage years when we lost two babies during pregnancy.

As we go through the passages related to David, one of the best narrative passages related to babies emerges. In 2 Samuel 12, immediately after the Bathsheba/Nathan episode, David’s son by Bathsheba is born and immediately becomes sick. David pleaded with God for the child and fasted and spent nights prostrate in prayer. Seven days later, the baby died.

When David was told this, he did something very strange. He got up, washed, put on lotions and worshipped God. His befuddled servants asked him about this and David responded by saying this:

“While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept. I thought, ‘who knows? The LORD may be gracious to me and let the child live.’ But now that he is dead, why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him, but he will not return to me.” 2 Sam 12:22-23

David models two great things in this. First, when the baby dies he worships God. He rests in the confidence of God’s goodness and justice. He knows that God holds the keys to life and death and that He will do the right thing. God will judge everybody – even babies – justly. He knows everything about them, including what they WOULD have done if they HAD lived a full life. (mind-blowing, eh?) David’s confidence in God through life and death is remarkable. He does not let the tragedy of life take him on a downward spiral away from God, but allows it to become an excuse to draw him closer to God.

Further, David knows that “I will go to him.” There is a cool confidence that the baby’s eternity is secure. So is David’s. Therefore, he will go to be with the baby in heaven for eternity. Is this a clear doctrinal promise that every baby goes to heaven? No, that would be stretching the narrative too far. However, it does provide comfort for parents that we can rest in the goodness of God. We need not get trapped in a moment of pain forever.

God is merciful and good. David trusted that he would go to his baby on the other side of death. I trust that I will see my two kids on the other side of death. If you are struggling with the pain of a baby’s death, I’d suggest that you take the same posture of trust that David had. Worship God and say “I will go to be with him.”

Can non-Christians hear from God?

I’ll never forget my neighbor Tim asking me this question through the rolled down window of his black pickup truck in front of my house at 441 Candlewood Ct. He was not a Christian, but God was at work in his life in a big way. We had hundreds of spiritual conversations, and Tim always wanted to know what the Bible said about life-issues like this one. So what is the answer? In short, the answer is “Yes”. He does it in the 21st century, and he did it in the Bible. Here are some examples:

1) The classic example is that of Saul/Paul in Acts 9 (and 26). Paul was an enemy of Christ and even got knocked off of his horse with a voice from heaven.
2) King Nebuchadnezzar heard from God in dramatic ways throughout the book of Daniel, especially chapter 4.
3) King Belteshazzar literally saw the handwriting on the wall in Daniel 5.
4) All twelve of the disciples were non-Christians when they were called by Christ.
5) Every person who hears the good news of Jesus is hearing God’s message (although indirectly) from one of God’s messenger
6) You could easily make an argument that every person hears the call of God before he/she turns to God and comes to faith. As a matter of fact, it is impossible to become a Christian unless God is communicating somehow.

God certainly speaks to those who are listening. Somebody who is not a Christian, but has an open heart toward God has a chance of hearing. It is very possible, very real, and can change your life if you listen!

Hearing from God

Are you trying to make a hard decision? Trying to discern what God might have for you in your life? Trying to live for him, willing to do anything, but wanting to hear from God to know just what to do? Yesterday, I talked about hearing from God. It was a contrast of Saul’s spiritual deafness with David’s keen hearing – primarily from 1 Samuel 23 (who ever studies that?) Saul engaged in a downward spiral of deafness – from anointed man of God, to tone deafness, to hard of hearing to stone-deaf. What was the difference between his life and David’s in terms of their engagement with God? Here is a bullet-point review for those who were there.If you were not there, you may want to catch the full version at

How to go Spiritually deaf (like Saul)
1) Disobey God – I Sam 13 & 15
2) Cut off Godly influence – 1 Sam 22
3) Don’t even ask God – 1 Sam 23
4) Confuse allies with enemies – 1 Sam 23 and Ephesians 4:30-31
5) Spiritualize Circumstances to your advantage 1 Sam 23
6) Mess with the dark side – 1 Sam 28

How to Hear God (like David)
1) Have a relationship with God – 1 Samuel 16- 2 Samuel (whole book)
2) Cultivate a rich Biblical literacy – Psalm 119, Psalms written by David
3) Seek Godly counsel – 1 Samuel 23: 3 and 16
4) Obey what you know – Bible and Promptings – 1 Samuel 23
5) Practice, Practice, Practice – Throughout 1 and 2 Samuel

A life of hearing from God is way, way better than one where we ask God to justify or bless our plans. He wants us to be integrated with his life and plans for this world. It is not always the safest way. It is never the easiest way. It is a life of risk and danger and adventure. But it is good because God is in control – why not take some time to step away from the computer and listen to him now?

Coming Soon…David!

This summer, I have been making a special study of the life of David. We’ll be exploring his life, his impact and what we can learn about relating to God from the perspective of a renaissance man in an all-church series called ‘Where’s God When…”.

I always knew of David’s extraoridinary giftedness. He is in a unique group of thinkers/leaders that makes him unparalleled in history. Michaelangelo, DaVinci, Beethoven, Napoleon, Tiger Woods…all rolled into one. That’s David. Military hero, amazing king, brilliant politician, poet, musician…David did them all and in the top levels of execution.

What struck me this time going through the life of David was just how gritty he was. David was in desperate straits at many junctures in his life. He was a survivor. He spent a decade running from Saul with a renegade band of miscreants, murderers and misfits. He was sometimes found alone against the world. Once, he even sought refuge with a Philistine ruler in Gath. When things were not going well, he faked being crazy just to avoid being killed. He spent months/years in a cave of Judah called Adullam. He one time killed two hundred Philistines and cut off their foreskins just to impress Saul, and pay the bride price for Saul’s daughter Michal. Imagine the scene of delivering that bride-price to the king!

David exhibited political savvy that is hard to fathom. He once tricked a Philistine king into believing him to be an ally…and even marched toward battle with this king. David had low military moments…like when his wives and family were kidnapped from Ziklag and all the city was burned. He had massive moments of victory, like when he captured the city of Jebus – unconquored for centuries.

Beyond all this, he made covenants with God that were fulfilled in his time, and in the ultimate King – Jesus who was yet to come. Most famously, he was known as a man after God’s heart.

Do you get the idea that David was more than just a shepherd boy with five smooth stones?

Prepare to meet David at a whole new level. The series – messages, small groups and devotionals – will begin on August 23. If you are someone who is growing in your faith and you want to make the most of this series, I would recommend spending the next two weeks doing an overview of the life of David. Crack open the books of 1 Samuel and 2 Samuel. Read the broad timeline of David’s life. If you read 20 minutes a day, you’ll easily read through both books…maybe twice.

We’ll do deep dives into episodes of David’s life, but an overview will give you the full context for study. You can look forward to recieving the David devotional guide, notes pages, maps, lineages, timelines and group studies on Sunday, August 23. See you then!