There cannot be too great abhorrence of evil in our own soul,
but care must be of not having severity against a transgressor.
2 SAMUEL 1
Forty years before this event, the children of Israel had
wanted to have a king over them, like all the nations around them.
This really was wrong and a sin. But in grace, God allowed them to
have their way. God was willing to let them have a king until the
day would come (still hasn't come) when a greater than King David
would reign! David is a type of the Lord Jesus as King. Originally,
God had set up the priests as the governing group over His people.
But, sad to say, they failed. Now God turns to using a king.
Of course we realize that God knew that the kings would fail
too. You might wonder why God would choose this method of ruling
His people. With a king, all was now going to depend on the
obedience and life of one man! If he obeyed the Lord, all the
people would be blessed. Do you know what this would be a picture
of? Of Christ, when He comes to reign over the whole world! That
will be in the millennium.
2 Sam 1:1-16 One of Saul's enemies (the Amalekites) comes and
tells David what he thought would be good news. This was natural,
for the Amalekites had known that Saul was trying to kill David.
But we learn the inmost feelings of the heart of David. He knew
that Saul was God's anointed king, and he would not raise a finger
against him. So he punishes the man who did.
2 Sam 1:17-27 The saddest lament of one man for another. Again
we see the tender heart of David.
Legalism places the commandment above the Commander.
2 SAMUEL 2
2 Sam 2:1-3 David doesn't rush to take the kingdom, but he goes
where he is told by the Lord. He doesn't take a step without
asking the Lord. (If we were more like this, we would be far
2 Sam 2:4-32 You may wonder why there is so much detail about
these apparently unimportant people. It will be a bit hard, but
try to understand that all this is a picture of the time when the
Lord Jesus comes to reign over Israel and the world, and gradually
2 Sam 2:8-32 Here we see Saul's family interfering with David's
progress. Abner had no authority from God to try to make
Ishbosheth the next king.
2 Sam 2:10-11 David is made king at first (for 7 1/2 years)
only by the tribe of Judah. (When the Lord comes to reign, first
He is going to deal with Judah, which today is already in the land
of Israel. Then, later, He will gather from around the world, the
other ten tribes.)
When once we get into a current, we will be carried far beyond
2 SAMUEL 3
2 Sam 3:1 David only gradually becomes stronger.
2 Sam 3:6-21 Abner had been Saul's army general. He had been
all for Saul and his family - verse 6. Abner's pride was deeply
wounded by a protest made to him by one of king Saul's sons. He
goes over to David's side. In fighting each other, they are
forgetting their real enemy, the Philistines.
2 Sam 3:12-21 David realizes that Abner is sincere. It was very
humbling for Abner to come to David in this way. Abner goes to
some of the tribes of Israel to persuade them to follow David.
(Has the Lord Jesus won your heart like David won Abner's?)
2 Sam 3:22-39 We see a contrast in this man. He did not
understand the change in the heart of Abner. And Joab is
suspicious of Abner, accusing him of treachery to David.
2 Sam 3:27 He does a dreadful thing.
2 Sam 3:28-39 David puts all in its true perspective. We see
the tender heart of David. (If we are close to the Lord we learn
the correct view of everything. It is better when we get God's
thoughts. Then, though everything may go wrong for us, and we
suffer unjustly, we can have the assurance that God's way is
The basis of all human religions is... 1. Contempt for holiness
of God (1st five commandments) 2. Lightness about sin (last five
2 SAMUEL 4
Another good lesson. (An unbeliever understands very little of
God's heart of love). These two men thought that they were going
to please David by killing Ishbosheth. Little did they understand
David's heart. Ishbosheth was Saul's son. Saul had tried many
times to kill David. But David had shown before how he felt toward
anyone who would try to harm Saul - see chapter 1:16. So these two
men should have known better. But unbelief never understands. (We
are constantly applying the events in David's life to the
believer's life today.)
Ministry presents God to the soul, and places it in His
Presence; hiding itself in order to succeed. The clergy places
itself between God and the soul.
2 SAMUEL 5
Though the people knew that David was to be the king (end of
verse 2) they didn't really want him yet. They had other things
that they wanted more. David had never once acted to take the
kingdom himself. The people should have acted, so God has to work.
He finally removed Saul, Jonathan, Abner and Ishbosheth. So long
as these men lived, the people were quite content to let things
(We believers may belong to Christ, but are we acting for His
glory? Are we discarding the things which we know are not
according to the Word of God? Do we keep on in religious
association with people who openly do not obey the Word of God?
God has one Person around Whom He wants to gather all believers.
That Person is Christ. If our love for Christ is weak and dull, we
will let things drift.) The people finally came together to make
2 Sam 5:6-12 All through Joshua's life, and after, Israel had
never been able to take Jerusalem the great stronghold. Now, at
last, David takes it. Zion is the name of the mountain on the
south side of the city of Jerusalem. It is a picture of God's
grace. It will yet be the center of God's grace on this earth in
the millennium. Isaiah 52:1-8 is a beautiful look into that time.
(But our "Zion" is now. - see Hebrews 12:22).
2 Sam 5:17-25 News of David being made king over all Israel,
stirs up the enemy. (When we exalt the Lord Jesus Christ, this
always stirs up the opposition of Satan).
It is not necessarily an evil doctrine, but the evil will of
the flesh in pressing a point of truth at the expense of all
truth. The establishing of a party around a particular doctrine.
2 SAMUEL 6, Verses 1-7
David did not have the ark with him in his new capital. He
could not have real rest without the Lord's Presence. (Neither can
we believers have true heart-rest until we are living close to the
conscious presence of the Lord).
2 Sam 6:1-3 But not a word about their asking how this was to
be done. They acted by their own thoughts!
2 Sam 6:4-7 Sad results. (We often ask the Lord's help about
problems, yet think that we can decide how and where we are going
to worship the Lord. What a sad situation exists today among the
believers. So many trying to act for the Lord's glory without
asking Him the question Peter and John asked the Lord in Luke
22:9, "where wilt thou"? Nowhere do we need more direct guidance
from the Lord than in the question of the worship of God). Where
did they get the idea of a new cart? From the heathen Philistines
we read of in 1 Samuel 6:7. (Where do we get many of the religious
customs of today? From a mixture of paganism and Old Testament
2 Sam 6:6 Did this man do the right thing in steadying the ark?
But God tells us the answer. He had said that no one but a priest
could touch the ark. So the whole thing was wrong.
Of all the people in the world, the people of God have proved
the most ungrateful for what they have received.
2 SAMUEL 6, Verses 8-23
2 Sam 6:8-10 Do we do right in getting angry when the Lord
tries to show us that we are acting in disobedience when we are
connected with what is contrary to God's Word?
2 Sam 6:11 But what a difference with this man. He was blessed.
2 Sam 6:12-23 Now David acts according to the Word of the Lord.
Turn to 1 Chronicles 15:25-29 to see who carried the ark. The
result is great rejoicing. (May you find this joy!)
2 Sam 6:20-23 One person despised all this in her heart! She
didn't say a word! But God knew, and acted, and she was the loser.
When "indifference" marries "doubt" they usually have a child
2 SAMUEL 7
2 Sam 7:1-3 Grand views of David's heart toward God. David
valued what God had done for him, so he wants to build a place
suitable for the ark to dwell in. (Like speaking about a Person.
And so it was, because the Ark represents the Person of Christ).
2 Sam 7:4 God spoke to the prophet Nathan. (What an experience
for Nathan to actually hear the Lord's voice!)
2 Sam 7:5-17 Nathan listened to every word! He didn't forget a
thing - verse 17.
2 Sam 7:5-11 The Lord reviews all the way He had led David. He
also speaks of the future when Israel's trials will be over (verse
l0). The Lord appreciated the desire in David's heart.
2 Sam 7:12-17 Instead, God will build David a house. By this it
is meant that David would be the beginning of a line of kings. It
would be the "house of David". God is always the "Giver".
2 Sam 7:18-29 When David hears all this wonderful future for
him, so he says "who am I?" (This is how we feel when we realize
something of what the same Lord Jesus has done for us personally.
We can learn much from these beautiful words. Everything comes
Heresy is simply a determined adherence to ones own opinions on
2 SAMUEL 8
2 Sam 8:1-8 David destroys the Philistines and the Moabites.
"Houghed" in verse 4 means to cripple. (We need to constantly
remind ourselves that these enemies of Israel are pictures of the
Christian's spiritual enemies, which are always trying to
interfere with our joy in the Lord. If we think of our spiritual
enemies as people, we are likely to be deceived by Satan into
thinking we are cruel when, for instance, we won't compromise with
2 Sam 8:9-18 Many of these Gentile nations came to Jerusalem to
bless the king and bring him presents. Power, glory and blessing
come to David in abundance.
2 Sam 8:15-18 Order and good government are established.
Wisdom builds knowledge into understanding; and Wisdom is our
Lord Jesus Christ.
2 SAMUEL 9
Now a sweet story. (What a picture of God's mercy and grace to
us as lost sinners, brought into the highest blessings!).
Mephibosheth belongs to the family of Saul, the enemy of David.
What benefit could Mephibosheth be to David? (Why did God ever
pick us up? Only because of what He is. See if you can see other
ways in this story in which it is a picture of us.)
2 Sam 9:13 Looking at Mephibosheth sitting among the king's
sons, no one would know he was lame on both his feet. (God has
seated us around His table. We are fit for His presence because
the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ has cleansed us from all sin -
1 John 1:7) Mephibosheth accepts all the favours, and enjoys them.
Whatever enfeebles attachment to Christ enfeebles power.
2 SAMUEL 10
2 Sam 10:1-3 Now David wishes to show kindness to another man.
The exact opposite happened in this case. The man refuses the
kindness. (This is just what happens when a person hears the
gospel and decides he won't accept it).
2 Sam 10:4 Not only does he not accept David's kindness and
suspects David of mischief, but he insults the messengers! (The
unbeliever never appreciates the grace of God).
2 Sam 10:6-19 Punishment follows. Notice that several join
together, but they cannot stand against David's strength. (No one
will be able to stand against the Lord when He comes to punish the
Knowledge is power and must be used in love, but love must
always be controlled by knowledge. Philippians 1:9-11
2 SAMUEL 11
A dark chapter. Sin and shame for David. (Always remember that
the types of Christ in the Bible are not perfect human beings. God
didn't write the Bible to exalt man, but to exalt Christ).
2 Sam 11:2-4 Notice that David had several opportunities to
stop his sinful course, but didn't. It is often that way for
believers. The time to refuse Satan's temptation is at the very
beginning. Instead of David being active, he is taking his ease.
(The old saying is true - "Satan finds many things for idle hands
to do"). Sin follows.
2 Sam 11:6-25 Then the worst efforts to cover up the sin. Uriah
was a true and faithful servant to David, though he was not a
Hebrew. David brings brave Uriah to his grave! What a shameful
thing to do!
If we start to drift away from the Lord, it is not done
suddenly, and we pass through many "red lights".
2 SAMUEL 12
2 Sam 12:1-4 God saw all, and now He acts. (The Lord may let
things go on, but there is a day when all must be settled). The
prophet Nathan tells David a touching story, but it has a serious
2 Sam 12:5-6 David gets angry at hearing the story. (How quick
we are to see the faults in others). When David saw Nathan coming
to him he should have had a conscience, but he has been hardened
2 Sam 12:7 Only four words, but they hit hard.
2 Sam 12:7-12 Then the results. God's highly privileged servant
would have to receive severe punishment.
2 Sam 12:12 What is done secretly will be seen openly. (We can
hide nothing from God).
2 Sam 12:13 He confesses that the sin is against the Lord...
all sin is.
2 Sam 12:15-23 When the child lived, David believed that the
Lord might mercifully save it. But when it died, he accepts the
fact from the Lord. (Also Matthew 18:11 assures us that a child
who dies, goes to be with the Lord).
2 Sam 12:24 How gracious the Lord is. He never changes. Sin
must be punished to the full. But grace abounds. This very woman
becomes the mother of Solomon, the greatest king Israel ever had!
(God hates sin, and will not have it in His presence. He has sent
His Son, since King David's days, and has punished Him for the
sins of every believer. Have you been sheltered by His precious
blood? Two very dark chapters. In today's we have read of David's
adultery and murder. Tomorrow we will read of fornication and
murder committed by David's son).
The building up of good can alone give lasting blessing, not
the attacking of evil.
2 SAMUEL 13
2 Sam 13:1-18 What dreadful behavior by David's eldest son!
Amnon's love for his half-sister was plain lust which turned
immediately to hate when it was indulged in.
2 Sam 13:19-29 Sin is costly. Lies, deceit and murder are the
2 Sam 13:30-39 Further confusion. Absalom runs away. But look
at chapter 12:10 to see that David had caused all these sorrows in
his family because he had despised the Lord.
Unbelief is being content with darkness.
2 SAMUEL 14
Today we see the mercy of David in allowing Absalom to come
home. The king has a tender heart toward his son, yet realizes his
responsibility to God to punish Absalom for the shedding of the
blood of Amnon.
2 Sam 14:1-3 The subtle (tricky) Joab knew the heart of David
was anxious to have his guilty son Absalom back again. So he uses
this woman who pretends to be a very sad person.
2 Sam 14:4-20 Joab had made up a story for her to tell the
2 Sam 14:12-20 The king gives her his word. To act in grace was
what David loved. ( Like Mephibosheth in chapter 9). The act was
working well. If David could spare someone else's son, would he
not spare his own son?
2 Sam 14:13-20 But the king sees the workings of Joab in the
2 Sam 14:21-23 The king does not change his mind, but orders
Joab to bring Absalom home. Joab really knew nothing of grace
himself, but he knew it was in David.
2 Sam 14:24 The guilt of Absalom was still in David's mind, so
we see the restriction put on Absalom.
2 Sam 14:25-27 What Absalom looked like. Both Saul and Absalom
were very attractive to the eye.
2 Sam 14:28-33 Joab has another scheme worked out to get the
king to receive Absalom. We can see plainly that though David was
a good king, he was a poor father in many, many ways.
The gospel has two sides to it... the believing side... the
behaving side. Our behaviour shows how much we believe.
2 SAMUEL 15, Verses 1-18
After all the gracious way Absalom has been treated, now his
treacherous heart is exposed. (After all the kindness and grace of
God to man has been shown at the cross in bringing salvation, then
after all this, there is yet going to arise on this earth, the man
of sin, the antichrist. This will happen after we believers are
gone to glory - 2 Thess 2:7-12. Absalom is a clear picture of the
The last sentence of yesterday's chapter indicated that Absalom
was taking a very low place before his father, but notice the
first sentence of our chapter today, "after this" which shows the
true heart of Absalom... he exalts himself!
2 Sam 15:1-16 Absalom works out his subtle plans. There are two
objects he is after... One is to undermine the king, the other to
build himself up. So he uses flattery. Absalom never loved these
people as David did.
2 Sam 15:7 This probably should be "four", not "forty".
2 Sam 15:7-9 Notice that Absalom uses the Lord's name while he
is lying to his father. His father is thoroughly deceived.
2 Sam 15:10 He has his plan well organized throughout Israel to
start a rebellion against his father.
2 Sam 15:11 He even deceives these 200 men.
2 Sam 15:12 Worse - He offers up sacrifices to the Lord while
working his deceits!
2 Sam 15:13-18 King David now must gather his few loyal people
around him, and leave his capital - Jerusalem.
Coldness of soul turns me to a system or to men.
2 SAMUEL 15, Verses 19-37
A wonderful example of faithfulness to David personally by a
man from an enemy country (Philistine). Read these verses slowly
and realize that King David had won Ittai's heart so much that
nothing would stop him from following David totally, including his
little children. (It is one thing to follow the Lord when we have
a lot of people with us, but another when everything opposes and
only a few are with us as we follow a Man, Who has been rejected).
2 Sam 15:24-29 A century before this, Israel didn't have a man
like David as their head. In 1st Samuel 4:3-4 the people and the
priests panic when they are attacked, and bring the sacred ark out
into the battlefield, and lose it to the enemy. In contrast, here
David refuses to use such a sacred object and orders the priests
to take the ark back to Jerusalem.
2 Sam 15:30-37 Notice what David does (in verse 31). He pours
out his heart to God. He directs the priests to stay with his
Characteristic of man... to create a god which suits him... and
then become like it.
2 SAMUEL 16 and 17
2 Sam 16:1-4 David is deceived by the lies of Ziba. Go back to
chapter 9 to see who he was. David believes the lie, and gives
Ziba all the land which belonged to Mephibosheth. But there is a
beautiful sequel to this which we will see shortly.
2 Sam 16:5-14 A contrast with the gifts of verses 1 and 2.
David experiences comfort and hatred. Fruit from one - stones and
curses from another. In this case, we hear the humbled king
holding back his men from shedding blood.
2 Sam 16:15-23 The two advisors have opposite ideas for
Absalom. The message is passed on and finally reaches David, who
quickly crosses the river Jordan.
2 Sam 17:23 Ahithopel's end.
2 Sam 17:24-26 Absalom pursues David.
2 Sam 17:27-29 David has friends who have tender and generous
hearts and send these gifts. What an encouragement all these
things must have been to David and all with him!
Abraham Lincoln once said, "I can see how it might be possible
for a man to look down upon the earth and be an atheist, but I
cannot conceive how he could look up into the heavens and say
there is no God."
2 SAMUEL 18
2 Sam 18:1-5 David makes his plans.
2 Sam 18:6-18 The climax arrives. Absalom who was such a
tricky, vain and wicked man, dies by hanging on a tree; his head
(his intelligence) caught in the branches. We might be wondering
why God gives us all these details... What do they mean? In the
future there will be the period of time called the "tribulation".
It takes place just after all the believers in the Lord Jesus will
be caught up suddenly to heaven (maybe today!). Then a man will
appear on earth in Israel who will claim to be the "Messiah". (2
Thess. 2:7-10). He will be allowed by God to "steal" the hearts of
millions of people by deceiving them into thinking that he is the
promised one. Then he will suddenly change and announce he is
against God. He is the "Antichrist" (1 John 2:18, 4:3) the Lord
Jesus will cast him alive into hell (Rev. 19:20. There he is
called the "false prophet"). So now we can better understand that
Absalom is a picture of this man.
2 Sam 18:33 Whether David should have felt the way he did, is
doubtful. The Lord had brought punishment on Absalom, and probably
he should have been thinking God's thoughts more. Nevertheless it
shows us David's tenderness.
The great hindrance to solid peace, is a reasoning in our own
minds, as to whether we are really as bad as God knows us to be.
2 SAMUEL 19, Verses 1-15
2 Sam 19:1-15 The king's leaders are unhappy at the sorrow
which David had for his son Absalom. Joab speaks pretty sharply to
David. Possibly David did overdo the sorrow, forgetting that God
was directing everything. The types always fail in some way. David
fails - but the Lord Jesus never! All will be perfect when the
Lord Jesus comes in power.
The world is an immense system built up by Satan around fallen
man to keep him insensible to his ruin. Gen. 4:20-22.
2 SAMUEL 19, Verses 16-40
2 Sam 19:16-23 Do you remember what this man did to David when
David was fleeing? (16:5). Now David accepts this man on his
words. (During the millennium there will be many who pretend
obedience but what is really in their hearts will come out, and
they will be punished). Try to remember this man when we come to
king David's son Solomon. He has something to say about Shimei.
2 Sam 19:24-30 Beautiful contrast. There was no pretending
here. Go back to chapter 9, also 16:1-4. But today we learn what
really was in Mephibosheth's heart. All the time David was away,
notice what Mephibosheth did not do! Also notice the difference
between the words of Shimei (v. 20) when he talked to King
David... "I have sinned" and the words of the faithful
Mephibosheth (V. 30) when he heard that Ziba (V. 26) had deceived
him, he said "Let him take all". He was satisfied to have David
back, so he didn't care about the property he had lost. (Read Heb.
2 Sam 19:31-40 Another lovely character. This man had no
interest in earthly glory or rewards. He loved David and supported
him in David's time of rejection. (Are we faithful to Christ
during the time of His rejection?) David wants to reward
Barzillai, but cannot. The type fails again. (But everyone will
receive his due reward when the Lord Jesus comes - 1 Cor. 4:5).
2 Sam 19:41-43 The people try to outdo each other in bringing
their king back to his beloved capital. (What a glorious day is
coming when the Lord Jesus shall return to reign over this earth
in righteousness, and we will be with Him - Ezekiel 43:2 and Rev.
What Christ died for, Satan has set himself to oppose... and
has temporarily succeeded.
2 SAMUEL 20
Another traitor appears - Sheba. You may have remembered that
Joab had been replaced as David's army general by Amasa (19:13).
But here we see Joab acting firmly and bravely for the king in
getting rid of the traitor Sheba, although he acts very
deceitfully towards Amasa and murders him. Joab was always too
hard a man for David - 2 Samuel 3:27-39, particularly the last
Pride is still Satan's chief tactic with men today. Pride is
the greatest of all sins that beset us; of all our enemies, it is
that which dies the slowest and hardest.
2 SAMUEL 21
2 Sam 21:1-14 This section proves a very important point...
that God is holy, and although something done long ago is
forgotten by the people, God remembers it and it must be paid for.
"God requireth that which is past" - Ecclesiastes 3:15. To
understand this chapter, we must read first Joshua 9:3-21. A
promise was made that these people, though they had deceived
Joshua, would not be destroyed. But king Saul, many years later,
in his pretended zeal for the Lord, kills some of them. Now, many
years later, God sends a famine for 3 years. David asks the Lord
and is told why. There is a danger in thinking that what is past
is past. (We may go on in a Christian fellowship and not enquire
how it came about. Just shutting our eyes to it will not do. It
must be judged and separated from if we are going to be blessed of
the Lord). David inquired of the Lord. (Luke 22:9 is a good
question for us all). The balance of this chapter tells us of the
feelings, energy and strength of David's people as his own
physical strength declines.
Infidelity is based on the false assumption that the human mind
is competent to judge the things of God.
2 SAMUEL 22
Psalm 18 is very similar to this chapter. A combination of the
history of Israel with David as the type of the Messiah. (This may
be hard to understand. If so, just read the chapter). May the Lord
be valued by each one of us as He was to King David. Count the
number of ways the Lord was valued by him ("My", "my" "my") V.2
and so forth.
Notice the sorrows through which the Person is passed, and then
brought out of them as the Deliverer. A story of sorrows and
sufferings followed by joy and victory.
Satan is ... "the prince of the power of the air." Eph. 2:2;
"the god of this world" 2 Cor. 4:4; "the prince of this world"
John 12:31, 14:30 ; "like a roaring lion" 1 Pet. 5:8.
Pergamos... where Satan's throne is. Rev. 2:13.
2 SAMUEL 23
A contrast with yesterday's chapter. A review of David's life.
It started out with such hopes, yet never fully succeeds. And no
one knew it more than King David himself! We see here a
combination of joy and sorrow. Joy when he thought of the coming
true King who would sit on his throne...sorrow when he realized
how poor a picture he was of this One! And yet in all this, he is
a broken and humbled man. (We learn that our failures do not
affect our wonderful position in Christ. But our enjoyment of our
position is very much affected by our life. We owe all to Christ.
As we realize this, we grow in grace).
2 Sam 23:8-39 A brief history of the main points in the life of
the mighty men who were with David in his life.
2 Sam 23:14-17 What love for David must have been in the heart
of these men to be willing to do this great act. But what grace do
we see in David when he pours the water out on the ground! He
looked at it as if it was the blood of these men!
2 Sam 23:18-39 More brave men. (The believer today is to go on
quietly, humbly for the Lord. To accept shame, loneliness,
misunderstanding, loss, even persecution for Him, will bring us
into sweet peace and confidence in Him. Then the Spirit will unite
us with others - 2 Tim. 2:22) These men knew David. This gave them
(and us) strength and courage. Soon we shall reign with Christ.
Now is our time to suffer with Him - 2 Tim. 2:12.
When the inclinations of our heart are unjudged, then Satan has
the power to deceive.
2 SAMUEL 24
David's sad failure. Instead of being satisfied in knowing that
the Lord was his strength, he wants to number the people to see
how strong he is! (Exodus 30:12, when the people were numbered,
each had to pay money for an atonement for his soul. Here none was
paid, so punishment fell from God).
2 Sam 24:3 Joab didn't care so much about pleasing the Lord,
but he knew the Lord would be angry at his uncle King David.
2 Sam 24:4-9 The king goes ahead nevertheless.
2 Sam 24:10-14 At first it looked as if God hadn't noticed it,
for He let it go for nine months and 20 days! The Lord saw
everything and gives David three choices. David chooses to fall
into the hand of God rather than into the hands of men. Because of
love for David, God did not spare him. But in the middle of the
plague, and in the very city from which the orders were originally
given, mercy reaches out. The plague is stopped.
2 Sam 24:17 The guilty man speaks to God and is heard.
2 Sam 24:18-25 A Gentile provides the place for an altar to be
built, to sacrifice to the Lord. (It will cost you something -to
separate from other believers, to worship God in truth). The
location was the very spot where the great temple of Solomon was
to be built. (This is a picture of a yet greater day to come on
this earth - a link between heaven and earth. For near here our
blessed Lord Jesus died upon the cross, shedding His precious
blood, that we believers might be made fit to enter God's