October 20, 2019

In Ugly Company

Rev. Dylan Valliere

2 Samuel 16

That’s Outrageous!


David had blessed Jonathan’s son Mephibosheth beyond belief and treated him as a son.


Mephibosheth is shown here as more than an enemy but a treasonous traitor.

Verdict Rendered

David immediately gives everything that had belonged to Mephibosheth to Ziba.

But Wait!  There’s More!

Be sure that you hear both sides and get the full story before you make a judgment.

Better Than I Deserve

Worse Than You Know

Love roots for the best in others; it longs for the best case scenario to be true.

“If any man thinks ill of you, do not be angry with him—for you are worse than he thinks you to be!” (Spurgeon)

Embracing Discipline

David willingly submitted himself to God’s discipline.

Hope in Future Grace

David not only submitted to God’s discipline but could look ahead and see the possibility of good beyond the discipline.



Ahithophel and Absalom are both willing to embrace rank immorality if it serves their purpose.

You can take God’s Word as absolutely, perfectly reliable.  So learn it.  Memorize it.  Rely on it.  Live by it.  Bank on it.

Bad Advice

Follow God as he has revealed himself in his Word.

Looking Ahead

God gloriously uses his enemies to accomplish his good purposes.

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