Nayyou can hear it yourselfit is comingshaking the walls Willythe moons in a cloudGood-night. There had to be justice, and that justice demanded blood. And Rizpah, the daughter of Aiah, took sackcloth, and spread it for her upon the rock, from the beginning of harvest until the water dropped upon them out of heaven, and suffered neither the birds of the air to rest upon them by day, nor the beasts of the field by night. O—to pray with me—yes—a lady—none of their spies— But the night has crept into my heart, and begun to darken my eyes. Why should we thus harden ourselves in sorrow? I have watched them through the burning day, And driven the vulture and raven away; And the cormorant wheeled in circles round, Yet feared to alight on the guarded ground.
Why did you sit so quiet? Now righteous zeal in the word of God is often the motivation for heroic faith, but we need to note tonight that misdirected zeal can have serious and long, far reaching consequences. Who of us can understand, enter into what it must have been for her? These resources are yours to use freely, but only in public worship services or private study groups and devotions. Four hundred years passes, the years between this event, Saul slaying the Gibeonites and David being cursed for it in his kingdom. I only saw his eyes And the wild beauty of his roaming locks, And — oh! They died--and the mother that gave them birth Is forbid to cover their bones with earth. George Muller, a great man of faith and prayer - and we're used to hearing about all the answers to prayer that God gave in an instant to George Muller, but perhaps not so familiar with a statement like this that he made on one occasion: 'The great point', of prayer that is, 'is never to give up until the answer comes. Flesh of my flesh was gone, But bone of my bones was left— I stole them all from the grave—and you, would you call it a theft? Now here is a New Testament lesson for us, for we read in Romans chapter 5 verses 3-4 these words: 'And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope'.
My baby, the bones that had suckd me, the bones that had laughed and had cried Theirs? This was a woman whose devotion manifested itself in a steely eyed determination. And the king said, I will give them. Why did you sit so quiet? May God bless His word to all our hearts tonight. Abner was the best chance for the survival of the house of Saul, but Ishbosheth feared that Abner would make a play for the throne and take it for himself. Hear what the desolate Rizpah said, As on Gibeah's rocks she watched the dead. Now please do not think that Rizpah was a wee woman, weepy-eyed and weak-kneed. Here they cremated the bodies and gave the bones an honorable burial.
The third: could any good come out of this? The first is: how had things come to this? But the artist portrays a great throng around the foot of the cross, and that whole crowd is turned facing the spectacle, probably shouting abuse. I have taken them home, I have numberd the bones, I have hidden them all. So that means that you cannot always trust your zeal. The bones were recovered and apparently mingled with the bones Rizpah had guarded, and they were together buried in the family grave at Zelah. No man is an island, no man sins unto himself, but sins affect others.
This was significant, because sexual intercourse with a member of the harem of a dead king was a way of laying claim to the throne. Mother wouldn't let our friends just honk the horn when they drove up. If you read the story, they made out that they were foreigners coming to serve the Living God, when really they were their very close neighbours who God had told them to cleanse from the land. Now that is a danger, he's right - but where he is wrong is that it was not to no good purpose! This is a vulture when it is taken out of a Biblical context. We ought to be completely and utterly devoted and surrendered to Him.
But maybe your next question is, and it certainly should be: 'But if this was wrong, why did David go along with it? David heard of her devotion, of her love, of her sacrifice, and it touched his heart. For the lawyer is born but to murderthe Saviour lives but to bless. Com and adding a poem, you represent that you own the copyright to that poem and are granting PoetryNook. The vultures come while the jackals wait. Godll pardon the hell-black raven and horrible fowls of the air, But not the black heart of the lawyer who killd him and hangd him there.
If, in fact, Rizpah's father, Aiah, is the Horite mentioned in I Chron. Wherefore David said unto the Gibeonites, What shall I do for you? The final results are not in. If she knew this she may have also realized the sons of Saul would be required as a sacrifice by the Gibeonites. Wherefore David said unto the Gibeonites, What shall I do for you? I think that you mean to be kind, But I cannot hear what you say for my Willys voice in the wind The snow and the sky so brighthe used but to call in the dark, And he calls to me now from the church and not from the gibbetfor hark! Torn dirty rags hang round her whithered frame, And utter desolation filled her heart. It just doesn't have enough mean moms anymore. At such a sunset I have been with Saul — But saw it not. Surely now this used and abused victim had come into her own? I've read a number of commentators who comment on Rizpah - and there are very few, I have to add - but they would accuse Rizpah of inordinate grief.
Please do not think that Rizpah was a wee woman, weepy-eyed and weak-kneed. I'll never forget visiting St Giles Cathedral, I think it was in Glasgow - I get mixed up whether it was Glasgow or Edinburgh. Paul echoes Rizpah's sentiment and passion in 1 Corinthians 13, does he not? The twenty-first chapter of 2 Samuel reads like this: Then there was a famine in the days of David three years, year after year; and David inquired of the Lord. I tell you that he will avenge them speedily'. A wife had higher social status than a concubine, but had not been directly chosen for herself. And the Lord answered, It is because of Saul, and because of his bloody house, because he slew the Gibeonites. I have gatherd my baby togetherand now you may go your way.
Your sin, your present sin He bore. And the jailer forced me away. It's going to have to be done in your name! Worth , Texas, was visiting a cemetery. Seven blackened corpses before me lie, In the blaze of the sun and the winds of the sky. Of course we couldn't, until he pointed out that right at the bottom right-hand corner there was a face that was not looking toward the cross, but was looking toward us. God was making the heaven brass and the ground fruitless to bring His people away from sin to repentance and faith in Himself. However these two sons died, they were still her sons.