Truth For Life is the Bible-teaching ministry of Alistair Begg. The ministry's mission is to teach the Bible with clarity and relevance so that unbelievers will be converted, believers will be established and local churches will be strengthened. Join us as Alistair helps us apply the Scripture to our daily lives.
November 25, 2020: Last Man Standing — Part One
After Abner’s death, Saul’s kingdom continued to disintegrate. Ish-bosheth was assassinated by his own captains, Rechab and Baanah, and a profound sense of fear and uncertainty overshadowed all of Israel. Yet wickedness and dismay are not unique to the Old Testament, teaches Alistair Begg. Sin defiles the human heart, and merely cleaning ourselves up or “getting a little religion” can’t fix it. We need heart transplants. Even in the chaos, though, God remains sovereign. By receiving His mercy, we discover salvation.
November 25, 2020: Last Man Standing — Part Two
After cruelly murdering Ish-bosheth, Rechab and Baanah brought his head to David, claiming they’d done the Lord’s will and hoping to gain the king’s favor. Instead, David had the brothers put to death. The evil actions of wicked people are not the work of God, Alistair Begg clarifies—though He can surely use them to advance His purposes. As we wrestle with this great mystery, we do so knowing that God’s final judgment is certain.
November 18, 2020: Murder and Mourning — Part One
Learning of Abner’s peaceful release, David’s army commander, Joab, confronted the king, sent for Abner, then cruelly murdered him upon his return. Did Joab really care about the kingdom, or simply his status within it? Exploring this question, Alistair Begg notes that the ways of the servant are not always the ways of the king. When we’re tempted to believe our plans are best, Scripture reminds us that King Jesus is faithful to His plan and all comings and goings are under His sovereign hand.
November 18, 2020: Murder and Mourning — Part Two
For David, Abner’s death was a cause not for celebration but for mourning. In his grief, David paid tribute to Abner and led his funeral, while Joab, having murdered Abner out of revenge, was met with a curse rather than a commendation. Joab’s experience is a warning to us, says Alistair Begg, when we’re tempted to advance God’s kingdom in a manner that is incompatible with our gentle, humble King.
November 12, 2020: Abner, the Kingmaker — Part Two
The Lord’s ways are undeniably mysterious. Even so, they are sure, and He accomplishes all He sets out to do. As King Saul’s dynasty waned, Abner, once David’s enemy, negotiated and consulted to shift his allegiance to the rising king. Behind it all, though, God continued to work out His plan through imperfect people in less-than-ideal circumstances. Alistair Begg examines 2 Samuel 3, pointing out that David’s grace toward this unsavory character prefigures the peace offered to us through Christ Jesus.
November 11, 2020: Abner, the Kingmaker — Part One
Second Samuel 3 relates a story charged with ambition, sex, power, and politics. Arrogantly fancying himself the kingmaker, Saul’s army commander, Abner, defected to David’s expanding dynasty. Yet David’s imperfect, convoluted path to the throne wasn’t the result of human calculation or manipulation. Rather, God was accomplishing His plan despite, and even through, the messy circumstances. As Alistair Begg points out, only when God’s love is revealed and we believe in Jesus can we take our place on the right side of history.