Watching the late night news can be discouraging to say the least. How many times have you listened to the stories of murder, child abuse and war and thought to yourself “Things just seem hopeless?” Perhaps you’ve recently been involved in a family tragedy or loss that has left you bereft of hope. What can we be hoping for in this life?
Tragedy is not a novel concept pertaining only to modern times. It was birthed in the Garden of Eden as Adam and Eve fell into transgression causing the stain of sin to run deep into the fabric of the human race. But hidden in this tragedy was a hope: “…he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel…” There is hope and salvation hidden in the face of tragedy and judgment!
This week at Redeemer we will be considering David, Joab, and Abner from 2 Samuel 3. This passage begins with an update on the struggle between the seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent in Genesis 3:15-16: There was a long war between the house of Saul and the house of David. And David grew stronger and stronger, while the house of Saul became weaker and weaker (3:1). Throughout the text of Scripture we see the working out of God’s promise to defeat evil, but as we’ll see this week, the effects of the fall can cause us to miss the end of the story. David will be faced with a serious offense from his own ranks as Joab takes justice into his own hands. How will David respond? How can we take things into our own hands, forsaking our trust in God to fight our battles? How do you respond to tragedy and loss in your life? Do you cling to the hope of God’s victory, or have you been blinded by the present evil that we are faced with every day? Join us this week as we look to God’s promises for encouragement and hope!