2 Samuel 19:40-43

20 07 2011

2 Samuel 19:40) Now the king went on to Gilgal, and Chimham went on with him. And all the people of Judah escorted the king, and also half the people of Israel.

2 Samuel 19:41) Just then all the men of Israel came to the king, and said to the king, “Why have our brethren, the men of Judah, stolen you away and brought the king, his household, and all David’s men with him across the Jordan?”

2 Samuel 19:42) So all the men of Judah answered the men of Israel, “Because the king [is] a close relative of ours. Why then are you angry over this matter? Have we ever eaten at the king’s [expense]? Or has he given us any gift?”

2 Samuel 19:43) And the men of Israel answered the men of Judah, and said, “We have ten shares in the king; therefore we also have more [right] to David than you. Why then do you despise us–were we not the first to advise bringing back our king?” Yet the words of the men of Judah were fiercer than the words of the men of Israel.


We do that don’t we, we claim ownership of something if we happen to take more care of it, “I clean the house, wash the rugs, see the children off to school, and make sure it’s pest free so it’s mine.” It doesn’t matter someone else may pay the rent, the water or the food; I’ve done something major in running the house so those other things don’t matter.  I’d like to introduce you to something called narcissism.  Basically it’s a person that’s all about ego and maliciousness,  narcissists tend to overplay their own and underplay others’ achievements, “My son is a well respected doctor, while my wife’s daughter can hardly hold a job.”  Narcissists refuse to recognize that something could be their fault.

This is a dangerous thing in any person’s life but doubly so for Christians, the reason for this is because we are called to be the light of the world and when a Christian shines a light not of God but of ourselves we end up shining a light of Satan.  It’s very easy for anyone to become a narcissist all they have to do is start taking credit for others hard work, and blame others for your shortcomings.  Preachers do it all the time, “You are a sinner, repent!”  While this is true, they also don’t recognize they too are sinners, “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.”  Not some or a few, but ALL have sinned.




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