Andrew Harrison – Lessons from David’s life
Ps 41 – Read
Familiar with v9 – 11
2 Sam 14 – 15 Absalom was his enemy, but David has great love for him. “Son of Peace”
Familiar friend v9 – reminiscent of Judas.
Similar thing goes on with Ahithophel.
2 Sam 17 – reading about Ahithophel
David has fled to the wilderness and is the other side of the Jordan.
We see at the end of the chapter food being brought food. God providing in the wilderness.
Into chapter 18 we see David turning the other cheek, allowing God to bring about the victory. He does not rejoice and see victory in the death of Absalom.
2. The LORD will preserve him, and keep him alive; and he shall be blessed upon the earth: and thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies.
David will not kill his people, if he is removed, he’s cool with that.
Andrew read the Ps again.
David’s faith is that Yahweh will overcome his enemies.
NT passages about Judas.
v1 – 9
Judas causes Jesus to be taken, Absalom does not achieve this with David.
He was his familiar friend. This must’ve been painful.
v15 – 22
Judas hanged himself. Link with the finality of Ahithophel who also hanged himself.
The divine commentary on Ahithophel is in 2 Sam 17 v 14
For the LORD had appointed to defeat the good counsel of Ahithophel, to the intent that the LORD might bring evil upon Absalom.
Steve Ellis added
Ahithophel and Judas both held positions of authority.
Both had an axe to grind. Both actions were to accelerate the downfall of the other person they are serving.
They had a much higher calling than the actions which they took
Mark Morris added
Interested in the calling aspect at the end of the Psalm
The Psalm starts with a seemingly broad principle. As you move into the main part of the Ps it is very focussed on David and what he did.
v 4 is a turning point – I have said… It is a focus point.
The Psalm continues in this vein.
v12 – still talking about “me”
this is the same in the Heb as v4.
When you then read the last verse, it is different and surprising. This is a very big perspective, spanning the future and the past, speaking about God.
There are two things here connected with “and”
From the olam and unto the olam. This is then mirrored in the final phrase Amen and Amen. The Amen’s relate to both these olams.
God is true FROM the olam and UNTO the olam.
The past and the future are connected with an “and”.
How does this connect to the rest of the Psalm?
The hint towards the answer is in v12.
“I in my perfection, you will uphold in me, and you have made position me to your faces, to olam”
God has positioned David here, toward God’s faces to olam. Something in the past is going forward into the future, that which is to come.
From this perspective, he is being held up, not being crushed by his enemies. David sees then that God will preserve him forever. We then get the view of God over the ages, from the past to the future.
The things in David’s life is to prepare him for what is to come.
He sees this connection in v 12.
What position are we in?, we are in the age where we have to prepare ourselves for the age to come.
Evidence and faith in the age to come.
Simon Foster added
We read these things in it’s all over in a couple of verses…. Familiar friend we’ve read. This Psalm shows the devastation that was felt.
12. For it was not an enemy that reproached me; then I could have borne it: neither was it he that hated me that did magnify himself against me; then I would have hid myself from him:
13. But it was thou, a man mine equal, my guide, and mine acquaintance.
14. We took sweet counsel together, and walked unto the house of God in company.
15. Let death seize upon them, and let them go down quick into hell: for wickedness is in their dwellings, and among them.
16. As for me, I will call upon God; and the LORD shall save me.
Andrew Harrison added
John 13 shows the troubling that Jesus felt at the betrayal of Judas.
18. I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled, He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me.
19. Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe that I am he.
20. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.
21. When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.
22. Then the disciples looked one on another, doubting of whom he spake.
23. Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved.
24. Simon Peter therefore beckoned to him, that he should ask who it should be of whom he spake.
25. He then lying on Jesus’ breast saith unto him, Lord, who is it?
26. Jesus answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it. And when he had dipped the sop, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon.
27. And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly.
21. But, behold, the hand of him that betrayeth me is with me on the table.
22. And truly the Son of man goeth, as it was determined: but woe unto that man by whom he is betrayed!
This do in rememberance of me.