MEMORISE : Preach the Word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove,
rebuke, exhort with all long-suffering and doctrine. 2 TIMOTHY 4 : 2.

READ : 2 SAMUEL 18 : 19 – 33.
19 Then said Ahimaaz the son of Zadok, Let me now run, and bear the king
tidings, how that the LORD hath avenged him of his enemies.
20 And Joab said unto him, Thou shalt not bear tidings this day, but thou shalt
bear tidings another day: but this day thou shalt bear no tidings, because the
king’s son is dead.
21 Then said Joab to Cushi, Go tell the king what thou hast seen. And Cushi
bowed himself unto Joab, and ran.
22 Then said Ahimaaz the son of Zadok yet again to Joab, But howsoever, let
me, I pray thee, also run after Cushi. And Joab said, Wherefore wilt thou run,
my son, seeing that thou hast no tidings ready?
23 But howsoever, said he, let me run. And he said unto him, Run. Then Ahimaaz
ran by the way of the plain, and overran Cushi.
24 And David sat between the two gates: and the watchman went up to the roof
over the gate unto the wall, and lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold a man
running alone.
25 And the watchman cried, and told the king. And the king said, If he be alone,
there is tidings in his mouth. And he came apace, and drew near.
26 And the watchman saw another man running: and the watchman called unto
the porter, and said, Behold another man running alone. And the king said, He
also bringeth tidings.
27 And the watchman said, Me thinketh the running of the foremost is like the
running of Ahimaaz the son of Zadok. And the king said, He is a good man, and
cometh with good tidings.
28 And Ahimaaz called, and said unto the king, All is well. And he fell down to the
earth upon his face before the king, and said, Blessed be the LORD thy God,
which hath delivered up the men that lifted up their hand against my lord the
29 And the king said, Is the young man Absalom safe? And Ahimaaz answered,
When Joab sent the king’s servant, and me thy servant, I saw a great tumult,
but I knew not what it was.
30 And the king said unto him, Turn aside, and stand here. And he turned aside,
and stood still.
31 And, behold, Cushi came; and Cushi said, Tidings, my lord the king: for the
LORD hath avenged thee this day of all them that rose up against thee.
32 And the king said unto Cushi, Is the young man Absalom safe? And Cushi
answered, The enemies of my lord the king, and all that rise against thee to do
thee hurt, be as that young man is.
33 And the king was much moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate,
and wept: and as he went, thus he said, O my son Absalom, my son, my son
Absalom! would God I had died for thee, O Absalom, my son, my son!

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : 1 KINGS 14 : 1 – 15 : 24 AND LUKE 4 : 38 – 5 : 16.

One anomaly noticeable in the Body of Christ today is the presence of
messengers running around without a message. An example of such
messengers is Ahimaaz in today’s Bible reading. After the death of Absalom,
Joab, the captain of David’s army, sent Cushi with a message to the palace; but
Ahimaaz volunteered himself to also deliver a message to the king. In spite of
the fact that Joab reminded him that he had no reason to go since he had no
message to deliver, he insisted that he would, and he was allowed to. The funny
thing about this story is that, Ahimaaz outran Cushi who actually had a
message to deliver. When Ahimaaz got to King David and he was interrogated,
the emptiness of his message was laid bare, and the king therefore asked him
to step aside for the person who actually had substance in his message. One
cannot help but wonder: what was the essence of Ahimaaz’s effort, so much so
that he outran the person who actually had a message?

The attitude demonstrated by Ahimaaz can be referred to as zeal without
meaning. This is the situation of some so-called ministers of the gospel today.
They are messagers sent by their belly or by the devil ( Romans 16 : 18 ). How do
we know messengers without a message? We know them by their deceptive
speeches, which are geared towards making people “feel good” when they
should be sober about their lifestyle of sin. Apostle Paul, while giving his final
charge to Timothy, his son in Christ and a young bishop, instructed him to :
“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke,
exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.”
2 Timothy 4 : 2

Today, many so-called sermons are actually motivational speeches, given by
motivational speakers disguised as preachers. Their message cannot be the
word of God; it contains no rebuke, no reproof and no doctrine. As a matter of
policy, they would not teach doctrine because they say they have not been
called to do so! One cannot help wondering who commissioned them in the first
place. It is their belly, of course ( Philippians 3 : 17 – 19 ). Beloved, I advise you
to be careful of the ministers you listen to, and to filter the type of sermons
you admit into your spiritual sub-consciousness. On the other hand, if you are
a deceptive preacher of the gospel, desist before the anger of God comes on
you without remedy.

Father, help me to recognise Your appointed messengers, and grant me the
grace to listen and do according to Your bidding through them.


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