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Summary: As hard as we might try, we can't please everyone. When troublemakers show up, they look for disputes to make even worse. That's what this sermon deals with.

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When Troublemakers Show Up

2 Samuel 19:39 -- 20:2

39 Then all the people went over the Jordan. And when the king had crossed over, the king kissed Barzillai and blessed him, and he returned to his own place.

40Now 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.

41Just 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?"

42So 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?"

43And 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.

2 Samuel 20:1-2

And there happened to be there a rebel, whose name was Sheba the son of Bichri, a Benjamite. And he blew a trumpet, and said: "We have no share in David, Nor do we have inheritance in the son of Jesse; Every man to his tents, O Israel!"

2So every man of Israel deserted David, and followed Sheba the son of

Bichri. But the men of Judah, from the Jordan as far as Jerusalem, remained

loyal to their king.

We are continuing our series in the life of David.

Last week we saw that Israel was quick

to bring David back as the king.

However, the tribe of Judah was a little slow in responding.

David sent a message to Judah

asking the elders why they are the last to bring him back.

He reminded them that he came from the tribe of Judah!

So the elders of Judah went out to meet David

to bring him back to his throne in Jerusalem.

David probably had mixed feelings about all this.

He was excited to be returning home,

but he was still grieving over the death of his son Absalom

David had to do his best to have a good attitude

for the sake of his followers.

So all the troops of Judah and half the troops of Israel

are returning in victory.

David returns to his throne.

What could possibly ruin this happy moment?

That's where we pick up the story today.

Point #1. You can't please everyone.

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?" 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?" 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.


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