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After hearing of his birth in 2 Samuel 3:2-3 and 1 Chronicles 3:1-2, there is no more information shared on the childhood of Absalom. The next time Absalom is mentioned in the scriptures is in 2 Samuel 13, after a terrible event which begins a time of reaping for King David via his sons as prophesied by Nathan (2 Samuel 12:9 -12).

Just as King David lusted after Bathsheba, his first son Amnon born to him by Ahinoam, the Jezreelitess, lusted after a female, and unfortunately, it was his half-sister, Tamar. Amnon thought it was love; however, it was perverted incestuous lust. Knowing the strict protocol and seclusion for a virgin princess and the laws prohibiting a romantic relationship with a half-sister Amnon became physically frustrated (Leviticus 18:11, 20:17).

With the advice of his cousin Jonadab, he devised a plan using his father to get his sister to come to his house and fix him something to eat. Upon Tamar’s arrival at his home, Amnon requested her to make him some cakes, which she did. After sending away his servants, Amnon raped Tamar despite her pleas to him not to do so (2 Samuel 13:12-14). Following his violent act, his perverted love immediately becomes hate, and he has Tamar thrown out of his house, and the door bolted (2 Samuel 13:15 -17).

Crying the humiliated, Tamar tears her princely virgin robe, put ashes and her hand on her head, and goes to Absalom. When Absalom sees Tamar, he says, “Hath Amnon thy brother been with thee? but hold now thy peace, my sister: he is thy brother; regard not this thing (2 Samuel 13:20). From that time onward, Tamar lived in Absalom’s house.

The Bible records King David was angry by this crime, but he did not address it. Additionally, Absalom nurtured hatred for Amnon for what he did, and he also did not speak to Amnon concerning this violation of his sister.

After waiting two years, Absalom orchestrated a plan of retaliation. Like his brother Amnon, he used his father to gain access to his brother, and with his father’s blessing, he invited all of his brothers to his sheepshearing feast. While the family was present, the servants, following Absalom’s instructions, murdered Amnon while he was in a festive mood.  

An erroneous report arrives at the court and is given to King David that all of his sons were slain by Absalom, but Jonadab revealed the truth to the king. When King David’s other sons returned home, he, his sons, and all of the servants wept together over the slaying of Amnon.

In the meantime, Absalom escaped and went and stayed three years in Geshur with his maternal grandfather King Talmai. He knew, if the slaying of Amnon was accidental, he could have escaped to a city of refuge, but because this was a deliberate act, he could not. The Bible ends the chapter recording King David mourned the death of Amnon and eventually missed the absence of Absalom.

I will now share some truths (spiritual nuggets) that I gained from this chapter. However, since I just summarized this chapter, I suggest you read it for more details of these tragic events.  

Here are some spiritual nuggets to be learned from 2 Samuel 13:

  • The Laws of God were given for a reason, and they are to be obeyed.
  • God forgives our sins; however, disobedience has a price tag; it will cost you something.
  • When you are experiencing lustful thoughts, seek deliverance.
  • Allowing one’s imagination to be unbridled can lead to disaster.
  • Just because a person is related to you does not mean they will advise you correctly.
  • Satan will station those around you who will promote wickedness.
  • The person that helps you commit sin can also be the person that reveals your motives to others.
  • Watch who has your ear; they may be the death of you.
  • Devious people know how to deceive the unexpectant.
  • Deceivers can eventually be tricked.
  • Be careful not to be a parent who sends their child into a dangerous situation.
  • Food is sometimes used to mask betrayal.
  • Agape love will not violate another.
  • For your safety, when you see people leaving, you leave too.
  • Watch where you are being led.
  • A rapist’s intentions are never pure.
  • A rapist will attempt to overpower their victim.
  • A rapist will not listen to the pleas of their victim.
  • Lust can make you act foolishly.
  • Lust hurts the innocent and the guilty.
  • Be careful; you may find that which you thought would give you pleasure does not.
  • It is easy to discard that which has no value to you.
  • Unless witnessed by others, the events of a rape will always have two sides.
  • Guilty parties often attempt to blame the victim (When Amnon told his servants to cast out Tamar and bolt the door, it made the situation appear that Tamar was the one doing the enticement).
  • A rapist alters the course of another person’s life.
  • Feelings of disgrace can result in isolation.
  • A good father protects their innocent children.
  • It is challenging to give correction when you are guilty of the same illegal acts.
  • The birth order, partiality, nor position of an heir to a throne should prevent a parent from correcting their offspring.
  • If not resolved, anger can last a long time.
  • Some people think silence means approval.
  • Your actions can cause your death.
  • When you orchestrate a murder, you are as guilty as the one that performs it.

Also, I want to share some key characteristics of those with an Absalom spirit for you to know those who are among you.

  • They are able to devise and carry out wicked plans.
  • They take on the burden of the offended, brood over the offense, and seek revenge for the offended.
  • They are deceptive and lie to leadership to carry out sinful plans.
  • They will allow unresolved issues to fester.
  • They will not have honest communication, share thoughts and feelings.
  • They will run away rather than be corrected.

In closing, my prayer for this blog series is that we will be enlightened, that we will learn, and that we will not have an Absalom spirit


God gave this instruction to the future kings of Israel in Deuteronomy 17:17a, “Neither shall he multiply wives to himself, that his heart turn not away.” Unfortunately, David, the second king in Israel, Absalom’s father, did not follow this instruction. According to the scriptures found in 2 Samuel 3:2-5, 5:13-16 and 1 Chronicles 3:1-9 which reads as thus “Now these were the sons of David, which were born unto him in Hebron; the firstborn Amnon, of Ahinoam the Jezreelitess; the second Daniel, of Abigail the Carmelitess: The third, Absalom the son of Maachah the daughter of Talmai king of Geshur: the fourth, Adonijah the son of Haggith: The fifth, Shephatiah of Abital: the sixth, Ithream by Eglah his wife. These six were born unto him in Hebron; and there he reigned seven years and six months: and in Jerusalem he reigned thirty and three years. And these were born unto him in Jerusalem; Shimea, and Shobab, and Nathan, and Solomon, four, of Bathshua the daughter of Ammiel: Ibhar also, and Elishama, and Eliphelet, And Nogah, and Nepheg, and Japhia, And Elishama, and Eliada, and Eliphelet, nine. These were all the sons of David, beside the sons of the concubines, and Tamar their sister.” David disobeyed God’s instruction, for according to the above scripture, David married eight women, plus he had concubines. From these women, David had nineteen sons with the possibility of more sons from his concubines who were not named and had one daughter.  

The Bible revealed in Luke 3:31- 38 Absalom’s genealogy back to Adam with noted characters, i.e., Jesse, Obed, Boaz, Phares, Judah, Jacob, Isaac, Abraham, Noah, Methuselah, and Enoch, who walked with God until God took Him.

Regrettably, little is recorded of Absalom’s mother Maacah, the only wife of David born to royalty, for her father was Talmai, King of Geshur. It is believed David’s marriage to Maacah was a political one since they resided in neighboring territories. Besides Absalom, two more children were born to this union; a daughter named Tamar and another son named Hanan. It is believed that Maacah was attractive for the children were noted for their exceptional beauty.

As I continue in this blog series, you will see the scripture, “The Lord is longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation,” unfold in the life of David’s children (Numbers 14:18). There were consequences that resulted from the many marital unions in which David engaged. Though he was a man after God’s own heart, there were times that he did not consult God nor follow His instructions; therefore, his family suffered.

I invite you to continue following this blog series as I share the life of Absalom. I am sure there will be nuggets from which you can glean to enhance your walk with God.


What are we running from, you might ask? The answer is “suffering.” The dictionary defines suffering as the state of undergoing pain, distress, or hardship. Unfortunately, we do not live in a perfect world, and all of us will experience some form of suffering during our lifetime. For some, suffering will be minuscule, while for others, suffering will be a significant part of their existence.

Suffering had an origin, and if you don’t know where it all started, allow me to recap the event that determined the future of the world. Adam and Eve were placed in the Garden of Eden and instructed they could eat of every tree except one tree. After a serpent deceived Eve, Adam and Eve disobeyed God’s instruction, and God penalized them for their actions. This is what God said to Eve, “I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee” (Genesis 3:16). And this is what He told Adam, “Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return” (Genesis 3:17-19). Adam and Eve’s disobedience caused experiences that were supposed to be pleasant to turn arduous. Their actions introduced suffering into the world, and it has continued to this day.

God sent Jesus to this earth to redeem us back to Himself as He promised in Genesis 3:15 when He told the serpent, “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” Jesus was that seed, and He had to suffer like everyone else. During His time on earth, He was rejected by loved ones and followers, He was mocked, He was physically abused, He endured emotional turmoil, He was falsely accused, He was threatened, and He was betrayed. Before His burial and resurrection, He had to be whipped.

Jesus’s suffering though painful, made Him the perfect leader and example for us to follow. Paul stated in Hebrews 2:9-10, But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.”

Before His crucifixion, Jesus warned his disciples they would experience suffering. As believers, though it is uncomfortable and hard for us to accept, suffering has a significant role in our lives in making us the chosen vessels fit for God’s use. We, like Jesus, are being perfected in our painful experiences; so, we need to stop running from suffering and embrace it for the fruitful results that it will produce.


Today I have a question for you, and it is, “Why are you serving God?” Are you serving Him because of His recent act of kindness toward you? Are you serving Him because you need something, or are you serving Him out of love for His presence and Word?

Matthew 14:13-23, Mark 6:30-46, Luke 9:10-17, and John 6:1-15 all share the story of Jesus feeding 5000 men as well as women and children. Each of the authors shares a glimpse of this significant event showing the compassion that Jesus displayed for a multitude of people.

Let me summarize what happened. After hearing about the beheading of John the Baptist, Jesus withdrew from the people and went into the desert. When the people realized Jesus was missing, they searched for Him until He was found. Jesus stopped whatever He was doing and ministered the Word to the multitude and healed those that were sick.

Even though it was getting late in the day, the people did not leave, so the disciples suggested that Jesus send the people into the villages to get something to eat. Jesus responded to the disciples, “They need not depart: give ye them to eat” The disciples told Jesus, “We have here but five loaves and two fishes.” Jesus instructed them to bring the victuals to Him. First, Jesus had the people sit in the grass in groups, then he blessed the food and gave it to the disciples to distribute to the people. After everyone had eaten until they were filled, the disciples collected twelve baskets of fragments.  

On the following day, the people came to Capernaum looking for Jesus. Perceiving why they came, Jesus said to them, “Verily, verily I say unto you, Ye seek me not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves and were filled.” Jesus had fed all of the people, which was composed of men, women, and children. Yesterday, no one left the gathering hungry; in reality, the people were looking for Him because they wanted a free meal.

Many of us are guilty of the same actions of the crowd, for we only search for God for what He can give us. Let there be no mistake; He is not deceived, He knew their intentions, and He knows ours. God desires that we serve Him out of love. If we never receive anything from Him, which is impossible, He wants us to desire to bask in His presence. He wants us to want Him more than our necessary food. So, my prayer for all of us is that we learn to seek God, not for fishes and loaves but to seek Him because we want to worship Him.


Jesus spent the last three years of His earthly life doing ministry, and during that time, He was misunderstood by most of the people with whom He came in contact. Unfortunately, these individuals did not understand His earthly assignment was to save the lost by bearing their sins and to destroy Satan’s works, for God did not send His Son to the earth to become the political, revolutionary ruling King for that time.

In the Old Testament, references were made about a king being born from the Jewish lineage (Deut.18:15; Psalms 22:27-31; Isaiah 7:14, 9:6, 11:1; Jer. 23:5-6; Micah 5:2). When Jesus showed up on the scene with His profound teachings, healings, and miracles, the people assumed that He possibly could be the King that had come to exact judgment on their Roman oppressors and deliver them from the Roman dictatorship. Thus, when the people attempted forcefully to take Him and make Him their King, He withdrew from them for His assignment was not about gaining Israel’s independence (John 6:15).

Though John the Baptist was the forerunner for Jesus who prepared the people for the one that was coming that was greater than him, He too questioned Jesus’s authenticity after a while. Imprisoned by Herod Antipas, John sent his closest disciples to Jesus to ask Him, “Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another? Apparently, John wanted Jesus not only to proclaim Himself the Messiah but to be militant in His actions.

The religious leaders, the Sanhedrin council, the Pharisees, and the Sadducees hated Jesus because He claimed to be the Son of God, He healed on the Sabbath, and He did not follow their strict laws and customs. Additionally, they thought Jesus wanted to be King of the Jews, for which they strongly objected and had Him crucified.

Sadly, Jesus’s disciples, who sat under His tutelage for three years and were privy to teachings and revelations pertaining to the kingdom, misunderstood Him. Jesus had continually shared His assignment with them, yet before His ascension, the last question recorded that they asked Him was, “Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?”

Unlike the people that lived during the ministry of Jesus, we have both Old and New Testament from which to glean. Thus, we understand God’s purpose for sending His Son to the earth and the sufferings He had to endure to carry out His mission. Jesus provided salvation to all that would receive Him as their Lord and Savior, and I am grateful that I can be counted in that number. I pray that you have not misunderstood and that in the future, we will be with our ruling King forever.



It’s that time of year again when all around you can see people’s yards decorated with Halloween paraphernalia and stores filled with Halloween candy and costumes. The children are getting excited thinking about going trick or treating on October 31 and filling up their bags with all kinds of sweets. However, for believers, we understand Halloween means more than children going door to door in the community gathering candy. Unfortunately, during this time, some individuals will be introduced to the satanic cult and its various components, and others will die.

Since I’ve shared the history of the Halloween celebration in a previous blog, I will not repeat it here. If you are interested in gathering information on this event, detailed articles can be found on the internet by googling it. As you read, I pray God will give you insight and direction on how to engage in spiritual warfare and which weapons to utilize. Remember, this warfare is not carnal; we are not fighting against flesh and blood but against Satan and his forces of evil who are trying to entrap unsuspecting individuals.

We have two weeks left before Halloween. Won’t you join with other believers and me in bombarding heaven with prayers? For those who don’t know what to pray, I am going to give you a few prayer points. Additionally, you can also get prayers off the internet.

  1. Pray that uninformed believers will come to understand the ramifications of Halloween.
  2. Pray for deliverance and salvation for those involved in the Satanic occult and witchcraft.
  3. Pray that recruitment of the unsuspected by Satanists and witches during this time will fail.
  4. Pray for Divine protection and the safety of children as they walk the dangerous streets on October 31.
  5. Pray for release for those targeted and appointed to die as sacrifices by the Satanic cult.
  6. Pray all incantations, curses, and spells will come to naught.
  7. Pray God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Working together, we can advance and the Kingdom of God and defeat the works of the adversary.


One of the complaints that I often hear is that my boss or coworker is the enemy; they disturb my peace and make my life miserable. Admittingly, it is difficult for those in this situation to go to their place of employment knowing what awaits them. For some, the mental and emotional effect of it has caused physical sickness.

Satan loves the turmoil these individuals are experiencing, and he wants them to hate their adversary and wish cruelty on them. He does not want them to remember the following scriptures:

Matthew 5:11-12, 43-45 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

Romans 12:20-21 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

Proverbs 24:17-20 Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth: Lest the Lord see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him. Fret not thyself because of evil men, neither be thou envious at the wicked: For there shall be no reward to the evil man; the candle of the wicked shall be put out.

Though it is difficult, God wants us to love our enemies and allow Him to mete out the punishment for their cruel actions. Notably, a prime example for us to follow is David, so let me remind you of his behavior.

David was brought to King Saul’s court because of his skills. 1 Samuel 16:18 recorded what one of the king’s servants told him about David, “Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, that is cunning in playing, and a mighty valiant man, and a man of war, and prudent in matters, and a comely person, and the Lord is with him.” Hence, King Saul sent for David, and he was assigned the task of playing the harp when an evil spirit came upon the king. David was successful in doing what was required for the scriptures revealed, “And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took an harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him (1 Samuel 16:23).

David continued in this position until after a battle between Israel and the Philistines where he killed the giant Goliath. King Saul was so impressed with David, he elevated him and placed him over the men of war. 1 Samuel 18:14 stated. “And David went out whithersoever Saul sent him, and behaved himself wisely: and Saul set him over the men of war, and he was accepted in the sight of all the people, and also in the sight of Saul’s servants.

Things were harmonious between David and the king until the king heard women singing about David’s exploits. This made the king angry, jealous and suspicious, and he decided he needed to kill David. The bible noted the numerous attempts of the king to kill David, and there were times David could have retaliated, but he did not. As stated in 1 Samuel 18:30, “David behaved himself wisely in all his ways; and the Lord was with him,”.

So, in closing, remember, David was the solution for King Saul’s problem. People appreciated David’s behavior and praised him for the things he did. David never became revengeful toward King Saul and when the king’s life ended David was truly sorrowful and this is what God wants all of us to do when we are working with the enemy.


During His three-year ministry time on earth, Jesus taught Kingdom principles and admonished the people to seek the kingdom of God first. If they followed this mandate, their ultimate priority would be to find out God’s design and plan for humanity and adhere to it.

As believers, we are God’s kingdom citizens and ambassadors on the earth. Therefore, we understand that God is the ultimate and only source of authority. His Word is the law, and His decrees are unchanging. We do not have the power to alter or make any changes to His laws, statutes, and commandments; all we are required to do is follow them.

Knowing our position of faithful ambassadors, we never speak our personal position for our opinion does not matter, but we reiterate the king’s position. Rather than siding with the world, our goal is to influence the world for His kingdom’s government.

With all of this in mind, I must share an important union that God established in the earth. God was the first father to give a bride to a man, and He set in order the plan for marriage. When He created man and women, He created them with different anatomy that when they came together, they would be able to multiply and replenish the earth, which two of the same gender could not do.

Animals were created before the woman; so, if God was in agreement with bestiality, He would have presented that possibility to Adam. Additionally, if God wanted man to be involved with a person of the same gender, then there was no need for him to create Eve; He could have made man with female productive organs.

Some people say we are living at a different time, and what was said in the Old Testament is not required in the New Testament. However, in a discourse with the Pharisees, Jesus said, “But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder (Mark 10:6-9). In this statement, Jesus reemphasizes the words found in Genesis 2:24. This is God’s plan for His creation. What was stated in Genesis 2:24 and Mark 10:6-9 is the standard by which kingdom people live. This is who God has joined together and no one has the right to put this union asunder.


During his third missionary journey, Apostle Paul wrote the book of Romans to the sizeable Roman community of believers who were both Jews and Gentiles. In chapter six, Paul spoke about rejecting sin practices. He explained God’s continuous grace, which covers sinful actions, is not a license to continue sinning. Followers of Christ who were no longer enslaved to sin and its penalties should understand the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ were symbolic of the believer’s death to sin, its’ burial, and being resurrected into a new Christian lifestyle. Also, he warned there were consequences to not reckoning the truth of the Word and yielding to the benefits it provided. Thus, Paul closes the chapter with this verse, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

Sin as defined in the dictionary as an offense against religious or moral law; an action that is or is felt to be highly reprehensible; transgression of the law of God and a vitiated state of human nature in which the self is estranged from God. Additionally, for believers, “missing the mark” is also the expression that is commonly used to describe sin.

So, there would be no confusion; sins from Genesis through Revelation, which were acts displeasing to God, are revealed. Disobedience, the first sin, was seen in Genesis 3, and I believe it is the root factor of all sin, for if I take heed and obey the Word, I would not sin.   

Presently, we are living at a time where sin is abounding, and there are choices to be made. The Word of God cannot be altered or compromised to suit our flesh. The Word must be followed totally. So, I end this blog with these questions. Will you accept God’s gift, which yields eternal life with Christ, or the payment of death for disobedience? What will your wages be?


2 Samuel 6 records the account of when that which was meant for good turned out bad, and here is what happened.

Moses had the Ark created according to God’s design, and after being placed in the tabernacle, it represented God’s presence with Israel (Exodus 25:10-22; 37:1-9; 40:16-21, 34-38). It traveled with them during their years in the wilderness, during the conquest of Canaan, their settling in the promise land, and into the time of Eli, the priest, when the Ark was set up in Shiloh (Joshua 18).

Unfortunately, Israel became rebellious and rejected God, who consequently rejected them. Therefore, when a battle with the Philistines occurred, and Israel took the Ark into the battle mistakenly thinking this would bring them victory, they were sorely defeated (1 Samuel 4:3-11).

The Philistines captured the Ark and took it to Ashdod, where God allowed a series of calamities to occur. When they placed the Ark in their temple with their idol god, the idol god Dagon was broken into pieces, and plagues struck the inhabitants of Ashdod, Gath, and Ekron while the officials were deciding what to do with the Ark (1 Samuel 5). After seven disastrous months, the Philistines sent the Ark back to Israel on a cart drawn by two milch kine.  

When the kine stopped in Bethshemesh, the people mishandled the Ark by looking in it, resulting in God slaying numerous men. Next, the Ark was taken to the house of Abinadab in KIrjaathjeaaarim, where it remained for twenty years (1Samuel 6-7:2). Finally, during King David’s reign, he decided to bring the Ark to Jerusalem. 2 Samuel 6:3 states, “And they set the ark of God upon a new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab that was in Gibeah: and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, drave the new cart,” and this is when things went bad. 2 Samuel 6:6-7 states “And when they came to Nachon’s threshingfloor, Uzzah put forth his hand to the Ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen shook it. And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there for his error; and there he died by the Ark of God.”

Bringing the Ark to Jerusalem was the right and honorable thing to do but not following the specific instructions of God for transporting the Ark was a grave mistake. According to God’s direction, the Ark was to be covered and carried on the Kohathites’ shoulders using staves placed through rings attached to its’ corners (Exodus 25:13-14; Numbers 4:15). The mistake of not finding out how the Ark was to be transported rested on David. David thought God would be pleased with his actions, and Uzzah thought he was helping prevent the Ark from suffering damage. The sad thing is Uzzah died because he was misplaced by his leader.   

The greatest lesson for all to learn from this experience which happened to David and Israel on such a grand occasion is that tragedy can ensue when we don’t follow the instructions. Our lives and possibly others depend on our obedience. So, it behooves us to find in the Word what God had to say before we make a move and not wait until after things go wrong.