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  • William T. Howe Ph.D.

April 8, 2021

Daily Reading: II Samuel 13-15


2 Samuel 14:14 For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again; neither doth God respect any person: yet doth he devise means, that his banished be not expelled from him.


Truer words have never been spoken than these that were spoken by the wise woman of Tekoah. Absalom, David's son, was for lack of a better word banished from his father's presence. Joab wanted to bring this father and son back together so he sent this wise woman to David with a story that would cause the king to trap himself with sentiment. This "word picture" story worked. David was boxed in; he came to understand his own faulty actions concerning his son and pledged to bring him back. Joab's ploy worked. Within all that this woman of Tekoah said though, the story itself was a fabrication, she strung some words together that are as true as anything our eyes could ever read.


Of a truth she stated that we must needs die. The writer of Hebrews conveyed the same truth. And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment. (Hebrews 9:27). This is a fact of life no one can change. This is proven throughout the Bible over and over again. Seeing then that this is the case, why ignore it?


Of a truth she stated, we are as water spilt on the ground which cannot be gathered up again. Water can be in three states, liquid, solid, and vapor. She mentions our life as a liquid poured out. Jesus speaks of our hearts growing cold; And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. (Matthew 24:12) Because of iniquity some live their lives with hearts as cold as ice. James likens our life to water turned to vapor; Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. (James 4:14) Lives are lived just as the old song title indicates "Broken and Spilled Out."


Of a truth she states that neither doeth God respect any person. In Acts 10:34 Peter agreed. Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: In the sight of Almighty God, all are equal. None are more important, or less important, than any other.


Of a truth she states yet doth he devise means, that his banished be not expelled from him. In Ephesians 2:8-9, Paul confirmed this: For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.


Yes, I say again. Truer words have never been spoken than these that were spoken by the wise woman of Tekoah. Her story was a ploy, but her words in II Samuel 14:14 are true, as true as the Bible is true.


Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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