The Homecoming Sermon Illustrations

Higher Praise - Guitar Chords, Lyrics  GuitarTabs -  Praise nad Worship Music And Christian Songs

Higher Praise Lyrics
   Lyrics, Chords,Tabs Rated
   Lyrics, Chords,Tabs Plain
   Popular Lyrics Chords Tab
   Power Point Lyrics
   Praise & Worship Music
   Christian Music Videos
   Higher Praise Tube Videos
   Midi Files
   Worship Questions
   Christmas Chords, Lyrics
News And Information
Submit Lyrics, Tabs, Serm
   10.000 Illustrations
   Bible College Course
   Clipart & Web Graphics
   Greatest Preachers
   Complete Talking Bible
   Christian Chat Rooms
   Links Church Resource
   HP Statement Of Faith
Sermon Outlines And Audio Sermons
   9344 Sermon Outlines
   N.T. Sermon Outlines
   O.T. Sermon Outlines
   Special Guest Outlines
   10.000 Illustrations
   Sunday School Studies
   Bible College Studies
   Greatest Preachers
   Bible Research Tools
Audio Sermons
   2895 Audio Sermons
   85 Sermon Videos
   291 Special Guests Serm

   Complete Audio Bible
Higher Praise Sunday School Teaching
   Children's NT Studies
   Children's OT Studies

   98 Children's Midis
   Gospel For Kids Movie
   Children's JESUS Film
Higher Praise Christian Video Library ,Videos
   Christian Television
   TBN TV Live
   15,000 Videos - HP Tube
   712 Youth Music Vids
  Christian Video Library
   Praise Videos #1 & #2
   85 Sermon Videos
   Prophecy Film -Videos
   JESUS Film -Video
   Childrens JESUS Film
   Gospel For Kids Movie
   Passion Of The Christ
   Noah, Sodom, Sinai, Ark
   Tsunami Videos Photos

Download Clipart
   Audio Sermons
   Clipart & Web Graphics
   Church Administration
   Bible Study Software
   Screen Savers Software
   Verse A Day Software
   Educational Games
   Trade Center Photos

   Soft. Search Engine
Higher Praise News
   Current News
   Archived News
   Submit News
   Newsletter Higher Praise Interact Prayer   Prayer For All Needs
Submit Lyrics, Sermons
Contact Higher Praise
   Privacy Policy
He Died For You,  Click For Answer! This Is Who Jesus Is Video

0-9 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Click For Plain Text...Version Of This File

The Homecoming

The Homecoming


The troops were tired, but triumphant. Led by their once valiant, but now indecisive and insecure king, they had left their families behind, fleeing with King David into the countryside as his own son pursued them. Sword in hand, he vowed to take command of the kingdom from his father at whatever the cost.

The conflict had been bloody, to say the least. More than twenty-thousand of their own countrymen had fallen by the sword in one battle... a battle that had no natural explanation. Once again something (or should I say SOMEONE) had intervened. There was no question about it. THEY had not won this battle. The Living God had donned the cloak of a soldier again and had miraculously delivered the enemy into their hands. His will had been done. Now, the battle was over.

Weary and worn, but victorious, the king's men marched back towards the gates of the city, where they anticipated a royal welcome. They had been to victory celebrations before; and no doubt their minds raced back to those triumphant times when, as they made their way back through the winding roads that led to home, those roads were lined with cheering throngs of grateful Jews applauding their valor and praising their God.

Then they would march into the courtyard of the king where a delighted monarch would greet them with medals of valor and speeches of gratitude. Perhaps those pictures raced through the recesses of their minds as they trudged back to the king's outpost.

Finally, the moment arrived. Led by General Joab, they made their way to where the king should have been. Much to their surprise, however, no one was there! The area was abandoned, desolate. All that could be heard were the sobs and groans of men and women weeping. Had they not heard? Had the word not reached their ears? They had not lost the battle. God had intervened. The victory was theirs. The king's men had delivered the Kingdom back to the hands of the king. But where was the king?

A somewhat nervous lieutenant makes his way towards General Joab. "What is this, a wake?" The General rails. "Where are the people? Where is the King? Do they not know that the trophy of victory rests in our grasp? We should be greeted by anthems of victory; not the wailing of mourners. Why the tears? Do the people not taste the sweetness of triumph?"

Head bowed, the lieutenant responds, "Sir, we know you have won the battle. But the king is grieving over his son. He has been weeping for days and simply crying in anguish, 'My son, my son.' So we have joined him in his mourning. We are not reveling in the triumph; we are sharing in the king's sorrow. That is the reason for the sounds you hear."

That backdrop sets the stage for today's story. And indeed, few pictures better illustrate life as it really is, than the picture that is painted by the strokes of the Master's brush upon the canvas of II Samuel, chapter nineteen.

It is the story of the king's return and of three kinds of men who are there to greet him. The portrait is vivid. The story is interesting. The truth the story illustrates is more than interesting. It is arresting to say the least. It is yet another act in the drama of the king, another chapter in the unfolding of the Living Legend of David.

Our title for today's study is "The Homecoming". Our Scripture passage will be primarily II Samuel 19 (the entire chapter) with a few brief side trips back to chapters 16 and 17 for clarification. Our key figures will be King David, his aide Joab, Shimei, Mephibosheth, and Barzillai. The latter three you have probably not heard of. I pray, however, that you won't forget them after this lesson. What they represent bears remembering.

Certainly, the mood of a nation, a church, or any other group can easily rise and fall in direct proportion to the mood of its leaders. Like a mirror, the multitudes will reflect the confidence, the fear, the hope, or the apathy of the men and women who hold their highest offices. It is no small wonder, then, that the nation of Israel was lost in a sea of instability as II Samuel 19 begins to unfold. You see, no one is in command of the ship. No one. It is the type of voice of which revolutions are made. The soldiers are weary and feel betrayed. The king is distraught and not even coherent. The general who engineered the victory is filled with indignation that the king they risked their lives for is too busy crying for the son who was trying to slay him to thank the soldiers who saved him.

It would have been the perfect time for an Israeli Fidel Castro to arrive on the scene and offer his services as the new King Kong of the Hebrew Hierarchy. But of course, a sovereign God did not allow that to happen. Instead, he allowed General Joab, by now not exactly a fan of the king's, to enter into the king's chamber, throw away his case of tissues and reacquaint him with reality. Thus we see this confrontation:

5 And Joab came into the house of the king and said, "Thou hast shamed this day the faces of all thy servants, and the lives of thy sons and of thy daughters, the lives of thy wives, and the lives of thy concubines;

6 In that thou lovest thine enemies, and hatest thy friends. For thou hast declared this day, that thou regardest neither princes nor servants: for this day I perceive, that if Absalom had lived, and all we had died this day, then it had pleased thee well.

7 Now therefore arise, go forth, and speak comfortably unto thy servants: for I swear by the LORD, if thou go not forth, there will not tarry one with thee this night: and that will be worse unto thee than all the evil that befell thee from thy youth unto now."

8 Then the king arose, and sat in the gate. And they told unto all the people, saying, "Behold, the king doth sit in the gate." And all the people came before the king: for Israel had fled every man to his tent.

Joab the politician suddenly becomes Joab the prophet. Pulling no punches, he touches this sobbing shell of a ruler at his most sensitive nerve. He asks, "What would it take to make you happy? For all of us to have died, so your son who was seeking your life and ours could have lived? Thanks a bunch, O King, thanks a bunch." With that, the grieving David stops his sobbing and snaps back to reality. There was nothing wrong with the grief. It was natural. What wasn't natural was that natural grief had succumbed to unnatural grief. Mourning had degenerated into self pity and bitterness. David no longer was even aware of what was happening. Something had to happen to bring him back to his senses, or he would pine away his kingdom. Joab was glad to oblige.

David, as usual, once reprimanded, responds immediately. What a godly characteristic to have. Immediately, he dried his eyes and went to where the people were, or at least to where they should have been. But by now, they had fled to their tents, in confusion and unrest.

1 - The Silent Throng

Meanwhile, back in Jerusalem, chaos reigned supreme. The people, both David's followers and Absalom's, had become painfully aware that they were now totally  without a leader. Verse 9 pictures the void that existed back home:

9 And all the people were at strife throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, "The king saved us out of the hand of our enemies, and he delivered us out of the hand of the Philistines; and now he is fled out of the land for Absalom.

10 And Absalom, whom we anointed over us is dead in battle. Now therefore why speak ye not a word of bringing the king back?"

So back at headquarters, the silent throng milled about in total disbelief. It was the kind of disbelief that existed in America when President Nixon resigned and when President Kennedy was shot. Suddenly, no one was in charge, and for a few brutal hours, no one even seemed to notice. Like an individual who had witnessed a horrendous crime, a nation was in shock. Then gradually, the political nerve ends begin to regain their feeling. Now in Israel, there is a rumbling of the multitudes and we know that either revolution or restoration looms on the horizon.

It was David, the man whose flight had caused the numbness, who now acts to reinject a touch of leadership into the veins of the nation. In verse 11, he invites the people to invite him back to the palace.

11 And King David sent to Zadok and to Abiathar the priests, saying, "Speak unto the elders of Judah, saying, 'Why are ye the last to bring the king back to his house? Seeing the speech of all Israel is come to the king even to his house.

12 Ye are my brethren, ye are my bones, and my flesh: wherefore then are ye the last to bring back the king?'

And say ye to Amasa, “Art thou not of my bone, and of my flesh? God do to me, and more also, if thou be not captain of the host before me continually in the place of Joab?”

14 And he bowed the heart of all the men of Judah, even as the heart of one man; so that they sent this word unto the king, "Return thou, and all thy servants."

15 So the king returned, and came to Jordan. And Judah came to Gilgal, to go to meet the king to conduct the king over Jordan.

So the homecoming is set in motion. But alas, in the process, King David, who seems to have lost his knack for decision-making, has made yet another tactical error. He did what seemed at the moment to be politically expedient. He gave Joab's job to Amasa. It was one of those acts of pardon designed to win the confidence of the opposition party through compromise. Amasa, though the son of David's sister, was a captain of Absalom's revolutionary army and thus the surviving hero to the enemy camp. David, instead of using God's methods and God's measures, bows to the world's kind of bribery and for the moment it works.

What poor David forgot was that God wasn't finished with him yet. He forgot how a sovereign God had placed him in power, protected him from Saul, forgiven his transgressions, and had just delivered him from the cannon fire of his own son. Short memory. But then, we can relate, can't we? At any rate, David played the odds, held out some bait to the opposition, and wormed an invitation back to the palace. Now, the indecisive king, lured back into reality by his angry General, gives the General's job to his arch rival, and gains the favor of the electorate.

Back goes David to Headquarters Hill. As he is returning, three men appear on the horizon of the king's life, three totally different men with three totally different stories to tell. Those three men and those three encounters make up the remainder of today's story. They form a graphic picture in the process of the kind of men OUR King, the Lord Jesus, will meet as He prepares to return to reign once again on planet earth. So the story has an immediate message, and the story has an ultimate message. Watch carefully, as King David, a type of King Jesus, deals with those who approach him, as he is on his way to "The Homecoming".

2- The Penitent Sinner

The king is Coming Home. Enter encounter number one. The man's name is Shimei, and here is what took place as David came to the River Jordan on his way home:

16 And Shimei, the son of Gera, a Benjamite, which was of Bahuria, hastened and came down with the men of Judah to meet King David.

17 And there were a thousand men of Benjamin with him, and Ziba the servant of the house of Saul, and his fifteen sons and his twenty servants with him; and they went over Jordan before the king.

18 And there went over a ferry boat to carry over the king's household, and to do what he thought good. And Shimei, the son of Gera fell down before the king, as he was come over Jordan;

19 And said unto the king, "Let not my Lord impute iniquity unto me, neither do thou remember that which thy servant did perversely the day that my Lord the king went out of Jerusalem, that the king should take it to his heart.

20 For thy servant doth know that I have sinned: therefore behold, I am come the first of this day of all the house of Joseph to go down to meet my Lord the king."

21 But Abishai, the son of Zeruiah answered and said, "Shall not Shimei be put to death for this, because he cursed the LORD's anointed?"

22 And David said, "What have I to do with you, ye sons of Zeruiah, that ye should this day be adversaries unto me? Shall there any man be put to death this day in Israel? For do not I know that I am this day king of Israel?"

23 Therefore the king said unto Shimei, "Thou shalt not die." And the king sware unto him.

You get the picture. Here is David on the shores of the river Jordan, making his triumphal return as king. The first one to greet him on the shore is none other than Shimei. Before the entire throng, Shimei falls down at David's feet and begs for forgiveness. Abishai, David's trusted aide, a man not at all unlike Peter in the garden, is ready to finish Shimei off. David refuses, and what we see here is a totally different kind of David than we witnessed in the earlier years of his life. Having tasted of the cup of forgiveness himself, his own ability to forgive has stretched into the mold of the mind of God. Oh, my friend, when forgiveness of others comes hard for you, stop and worship at the feet of the One who has so wonderfully forgiven you. What a difference in perspective it ought to make. When you realize what it is that David is forgiving Shimei of, this chapter in the story becomes even more incredible. To grasp that picture, you must turn back momentarily to II Samuel 16 and look at verses 5-14. It reads like this:

5 And when King David came to Bahurim, behold, thence came out a man of the family of the house of Saul, whose name was Shimei, the son of Gera; he came forth, and cursed still as he came.

6 And he cast stones at David and at all the servants of King David; and all the people and all the mighty men were on his right hand and on his left.

7 And thus said Shimei when he cursed, "Come out, come out, thou bloody man, and thou man of Belial.

8 The Lord hath returned upon thee all the blood of the house of Saul, in whose stead thou hast reigned; and the LORD hath delivered the kingdom into the hand of Absalom thy son: and behold, thou art taken in thy mischief because thou art a bloody man."

9 Then said Abishai, the son of Zeruiah, unto the king, "Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? Let me go over, I pray thee, and take off his head."

10 And the king said, "What have I to do with you, ye sons of Zeruiah? So let him curse, because the LORD hath said unto him, 'Curse David', who shall then say, Wherefore hast thou done so?"

11 And David said to Abishai, and to all his servants, "Behold my son, which came forth of my bowels, seeketh my life; how much more now may this Benjamite do it? Let him alone, and let him curse; for the LORD hath bidden him. 12 - It may be that the LORD will look on mine affliction, and that the LORD will requite me good for his cursing this day."

13 And as David and his men went by the way, Shimei went along on the hill's side over against him, and cursed as he went, and threw stones at him, and cast dust.

Now do you get the picture? Back when David was fleeing from the sword of his son, Absalom, surrounded by a vast array of warriors, a wild-eyed descendant of Saul's appears from out of nowhere, cursing the king, and throwing rocks at him in derision. Abishai was there then, too. No wonder he was ready for a cranial amputation in chapter 19. He witnesses the whole event and was ready to kill even then. But notice David's response:

10 Let him curse, because the LORD hath said unto him, "Curse David."

11 Let him alone, and let him curse; for the LORD hath bidden him.

David was aware of the permissive will of God where the testing of the saints was concerned. He did not focus his spiritual eyes on Shimei, but on the God who allowed Shimei to do what he was doing. To David, all things had a purpose. Shimei wasn't the issue. God was the issue. And David saw a sovereign God behind every event that entered his life. He could have spoken, and Shimei would be dead, just as Jesus could have spoken and all the angels of heaven would have rushed to His rescue in the garden. We are so quick to use God as a sponge to mop up our enemies, when so often those enemies are camped on our doorstep by God's divine appointment. What a contrast there is between this David and the David in the early Psalms, as he self-righteously demanded of God that he vindicate him before his enemies. But ah, the later David, the forgiven David, the humbled David. He was a different sort of a man.

The David we see in II Samuel 16 and 19 has matured beyond the "whipping up on the enemy" stage, and is resting comfortably in the "God is my refuge and strength" stage. Do you grasp the difference? Have you experienced the difference? The difference is the Sovereignty of God. Shimei was God's problem, and David saw him as God's ordained test to see if David remembered anything he had learned in the schoolhouse of broken hearts. David did. Shimei, like the thief on the Cross, had nothing to offer. He was totally worthless and totally helpless. His sins were blatant and according to the Scriptures, he who cursed the king was worthy of death. Shimei stood on the threshold of annihilation and fell headfirst before a merciful king and begged for forgiveness. You and I and Abishai would have said, "Too little too late". David and God said, "Thou shalt not die." David had heard those words before, hadn't he? No strange coincidence that those who have been forgiven much are so much quicker to forgive.

What about you? Is there a Shimei in your life? Is there someone who is literally cursing you and blaming you for that which you are innocent of? Is there someone who is making your life miserable? Do the stones they throw your way fall all about you, touching even the innocent who walk by your side? How do you pray? That a God of power would rain down judgment on them from Heaven and rid you of their curse? Or do you pray in a spirit of thanksgiving that a God of mercy has brought them into your life as part of His divine exam for entrance into the graduate school of discipleship? They hold a test for you; they hold extra grace for you; they are a commendation for you that you are worthy to receive unjust punishment. You walk in Jesus' steps. What a rare privilege. David saw Shimei and forgave. Encounter number one.

3- The Deceived Believer

Enter figure number two. Back to Chapter 19,

24 And Mephibosheth, the son of Saul came down to meet the king, and had neither dressed his feet, nor trimmed his beard, nor washed his clothes, from the day the king departed until the day he came again in peace.

25 And it came to pass, when he was come to Jerusalem to meet the king, that the king said unto him, "Wherefore wentest not thou with me, Mephibosheth?"

26 And he answered, "My lord, O king, my servant deceived me: for thy servant said, ÔI will saddle me a donkey, that I may ride thereon, and go to the king; because thy servant is lame.Õ

27 And he hath slandered thy servant unto my lord the king; but my Lord the king is as an angel of God, do therefore what is good in thine eyes.

So the second pathetic figure to greet the king is named Mephibosheth. In II Samuel 9, you may remember, because Mephibosheth was Jonathan's son, David had made a covenant with him and had called upon a man named Ziba and his family to forever be Mephibosheth's servants. So here was a man who had been granted mercy by the king, but when it came time for the battle, he had been absent without leave. Upon the king's return, this one who missed the conflict, and thus the victory, falls on his face before the king and begs forgiveness. His excuse was that his servant Ziba, in an effort to have him executed and receive his inheritance, duped him into believing he was saddling him a horse for the battle, only to ride off on his master's horse with his master's goodies to give King David as a gift. The ensuing scene sees David buying the lie and giving Mephibosheth's inheritance to Ziba.

II Samuel 16:1 tells that story:

And when David was a little past the top of the hill, behold, Ziba the servant of Mephibosheth met him, with a couple of donkeys saddled, and upon them two hundred loaves of bread, and a hundred bunches of raisins, and a hundred of summer fruits,

and a bottle of wine.

(Here is the world's first portable grocery store, all merchandise borrowed without permission from his master's storehouse.)

Then in verse three, David asks the $64 question:

"Where is thy master's son?" And Ziba said unto the king, "Behold he abideth at Jerusalem: for he said 'Today shall the house of Israel restore me the kingdom of my father.'"

Ziba says, “David, Old Mephi's staying home from the fray hoping your son whips up on you. But I'm loyal, even if he isn't.” Of course, it was a horrendous lie. Ziba was guilty. Mephibosheth had listened to his servant instead of to his king, and so he missed the battle. David forgives, takes back half of the properties he had given to Ziba and gives them back to Mephibosheth. But this world's goodies were not what Mephibosheth was after. So he answers David:

30 Yea, let him take all, forasmuch as my lord the king is come again in peace unto his own house.

The king is coming home! cries Mephibosheth. What do possessions matter now? Well said, Mephibosheth, what do they matter indeed!

4- The Faithful Saint

The king has yet one more encounter.

31 And Barzillai, the Gileadite came down from Rogeliam, and went over Jordan with the king, to conduct him over Jordan.

32 Now Barzillai was a very aged man, even fourscore years old: and he had provided the king of sustenance while he lay at Mahaniam; for he was a very great man.

33 And the king said unto Barzillai, "Come thou over with me, and I will feed thee with me in Jerusalem."

Barzillai answers, "I'm too old to be of any help now. Why should I be a burden? Besides, I'm ready to go home now."

36 Thy servant will go a little way over Jordan with the king; and why should the king recompense it me with such a reward? (Barzillai was humbled that the Master would honor him so.)

37 Let thy servant, I pray thee, turn back again, that I may die in mine own city... But behold thy servant Chimham; let him go over with my lord the king; and do to him what shall seem good unto thee."

And David concurred.

What a different picture! Here was a man who had fought the good fight, finished the course, kept the faith. He had ministered to the king, been faithful to the king, and given his life for the king. Now he was prepared to go home. The king's coming was a joy to him. He was ready to see the mantle of his labors passed on to another. He was ready for the Bema seat. His work was done. What a contrast to Shimei and Mephibosheth. They came to the Lord begging for mercy. Barzillai came to the Lord, marveling at His Grace, overwhelmed by His love. Shimei had wasted his life. Mephibosheth had missed the battle. Both had regrets. Both sought the king at his coming to seek forgiveness. Both received it. Barzillai, on the other hand, was sought out by the king, instead. He had been faithful in the few things; the king was prepared to make him ruler over many.

The remaining verses of this chapter speak volumes of the pettiness that divides the body of God's people. That will have to wait till next week. There isn't time today. We must draw a net around this vivid portrait God had painted for us of three men who confront the coming king as he returns to set up His kingdom once again. His son was dead. Murdered by the very ones who were entrusted to save him. Now the king was coming back, and three men were there to greet him; three men who so typify the saints who will meet the king of Glory when He arrives on that soon coming glorious day.

But first of all, there were the multitudes, the silent throng. The men and women who walked the streets and considered themselves religious. Even those who regularly paid tribute to Jehovah. They were, the picture reveals, not ready for the king to return. Bathed in confusion, lost in frustration, they were too occupied with their nothingness to issue an invitation to the king, asking him to assume His rightful place as ruler of their kingdom. They did not talk of His return. They were not prepared for his return. And so the king, in love, received no invitation to rule, takes the initiative and offers to them an opportunity to invite him to take His rightful place in their lives. Wisely, they did so.

Even today, the multitudes mill about, totally unaware that the king is coming home. Tenderly, quietly, even this moment, the King calls out to them, "Wouldst thou have me rule over thee?" He offers, "Let me be your King and your Lord." He will not force His way into your life. He simply issues an invitation, asking you to ask Him to be Lord. If you are one of the multitudes who have overlooked the greatest headline in history, I invite you this morning to open the pages of the Word of God, today's newspaper from the presses of eternity, and read the headline. In bold, black type it reads, "The King is Coming! Is He Coming for You?"

Oh, Beloved, invite Him to be seated on the throne of your heart where He belongs. You may be one of the silent multitude, but He sees you as though you were the only one who ever lived. He knows you by name. He calls you by name. He loves you by name. Maybe your name is Shimei. Maybe your entire life seems to be behind you. You, like the Apostle Paul may have even spent your life throwing rocks at the King; cursing the King; ignoring the King; rejecting the King. Now you realize the King is coming! You ask, "Is it too late?" Oh no, the Living Legend of Shimei calls out to you... the thief on the cross calls out to you. Even at this stage of your life, you can lay down your rocks of rebellion and quietly cry out to the King, "Let not my Lord impute iniquity unto me." The Abishai's in the crowd may not understand, but the King will understand. He will say to you, "Thou shalt not die. Thou shalt be with me in glory." If you are a Shimei, it is not too late.

Or you may be a Mephibosheth, one of God's children who simply has been misled, and missed the heat of the battle. You may have given your allegiance to the King years ago, but now you realize that when the King comes, you will have nothing to offer Him. You will have missed the battle, lost your rewards, and now grieved and broken-hearted you implore the King to restore you to that place of fellowship where you belong. You cannot live those years again, but you can give the years remaining to walking in the very footsteps of the King. Fear not. In love, He will restore to you the joy of your salvation.

But wouldn't you rather be a Barzillai? Wouldn't you rather greet the King's Coming with eager anticipation? Wouldn't you rather than just receive a merciful pardon, move on to the place where a crown of righteousness awaits you, even as it awaits all those who love His appearing? God is scanning the world today looking for Barzillais. And He is looking at you, and looking at me.

He is saying to us, any day now, "The Homecoming" will be a reality. The Heavens will open like a golden net of curtains, and a trumpet will sound, and in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, we will stand before Him. We may stand as Shimei's, last minute additions to the kingdom, who wasted our lives living in lost confusion only to come to Christ at the end of our pilgrimage having found his heart, but having missed His life. We may stand as Mephibosheth's well-meaning, honorable, but unproductive. Still He will love us. Still He will receive us.

But my friend, it is possible to appear before Him as Barzillai. It is possible to strip away the veneer of twentieth century Phariasaism that redefines discipleship in terms that fits Christ into our lives at absolutely no cost to us, that rewrites the principles of Scripture until God is at work FOR us rather than IN us, that makes Jesus a servant at our beck and call, rather than making US HIS servants at His beck and call. He became our servant to demonstrate our role. Now He has been exalted and has resumed His rightful place at the right hand of the Father. The Christian life is not membership into a country club with a new list of privileges; the Christian life is enlistment into an army with a new kind of warfare; a new kind of weapon; and praise God, a guarantee of ultimate victory. The cost is great, but it is nothing compared to the price that has ALREADY been paid.

Mephibosheth realized that in the light of the king's coming, all of his possessions were worthless. Shimei realized that unless he received the king's forgiveness, nothing else in life would matter. Barzillai understood even more. He understood that the king was everything. So Barzillai was ready to go home. The king's coming was the fulfillment of his dreams.

One man greeted the king with fear. One man greeted the king with regrets. Ah, but one greeted the king with open arms. He was ready for The Homecoming...

Truly, this story tells us much about David. Truly, this story tells us much about God. And truly, this story ought to tell us much about ourselves.

In Revelation 22 the Spirit of God writes to us about The Homecoming. He says this:

12 And behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give to every man according to his work shall be.

13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.

20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly, Amen. Even so, come Lord Jesus.

Shimei cried, “Lord Jesus, come.” Mephibosheth cried, “Lord Jesus, come.” Barzillai cried, “I have fought the fight, finished the course, kept the faith, even so Lord Jesus, Come quickly. I am ready.”

It is to us, even this moment, that the Spirit asks the question... “Are you ready for The Homecoming?”

Are you ready for the homecoming?

If the hour were today

Would you shout, with glad excitement

“Oh, come quickly, Lord I pray.”

Or like Shimei in terror

Would you first in panic call

“Oh, Lord Jesus come and save me

For I am not yours at all!”

Would like Mephibosheth you cry

“Oh, Lord I'm glad it's you

But Lord I missed the battle

I had other things to do.”

Or would you like Barzillai

A different story tell

As humbly you hear Jesus say,

“My child, you've served me well



You have not shrunk from duty

Nor compromised my Word

Enter now into my courts

Enter the joy of the Lord.”

You can choose which one you'll be

‘Tis not some secret story

God wants more Barzillias

To give Him yet more glory

But child, one thing is certain

A truth it's time we faced

The Homecoming's upon us...

There is no time to waste!


Our Ad Sponsors Keep Higher Praise On The Web

If Suitable Please Click Onto Our Sponsors Ads

How To Set Up Higher Praise As Your Home Page
Copyright 1999, Higher Praise HigherPraise,Inc. All rights reserved. Terms of Use

Enjoy A Life Changing Experience

HigherPraise, Higher Praise, HigherPraise, Higher Praise, HigherPraise

Members.|.Sign Up.| LogIn
15,000 Videos - HP Tube


Search Higher Praise
Search Tabs & Lyrics

Higher Praise Other Sites
Praise And Worship
Christian Resources

Lyrics And Chrords


Lyrics And Chrords


Lyrics And Chrords
10.000 Illustrations
10.000 Illustrations
PowerPoint Lyrics
PowerPoint Lyrics
Chistian Videos
Chistian Videos

Higher Praise Updates

Inspirational Video
Who Jesus Is
Copyright 1999 - 2014, Higher Praise™ HigherPraise™,Inc. All rights reserved. Terms of Use