In addition, we need to be okay with being removed from our position as David was when he was briefly dethroned by Absalom. It is God who is moving His story and plan forward, not us. May we trust His sovereign hand instead of relying on our own ingenuity. Rebellion is in all of our hearts.
From day one we are in rejection of the authorities in our lives. Edwards shows the heart of rebellion while recounting the story of Absalom and David. He listens, he gives advice, and points back in hope towards the ones in charge for change. But this particular rebellious night, the fever for change boils over. Edwards records the following,. Ignited in all but one, that is. In the noblest and purest man [Absalom] in the room, this was not the case. Rebellion had been in his heart for years Rebellion has been in our hearts for years as well.
The Gospel stands in strong opposition to our rebellious heart. In fact, one of the largest themes in the Bible is God putting down the rebellion of man and reconstituting a people for Himself. Putting faith in Christ is an act of submission and not rebellion. May we be careful how we pursue change in the church and in the world lest we link ourselves with rebellion.
The Christian life is one of learning how to submit to our God through the love of Christ. In addition, we can learn from Absalom how not to attack the leadership God has placed in our churches. Finally, I disagree with one point Edwards makes in his book on the irrevocable gifts and calling of God. In chapter 15 Edwards says the following,. Why does God do such a thing? The answer is both simple and shocking.
So think again when you hear the power merchant. God sometimes gives power to men for unseen reasons. A man can be living in the grossest of sin and the outward gift will still be working perfectly. The gifts of God, once given, cannot be recalled. Even in the presence of sin. Saul was living proof of this fact.
The gifts cannot be revoked. Edwards is referring to Romans First, this verse comes in the context of Romans 11, which is about Israel not being wholly rejected by God, not gifts and calling in general. This verse is soteriological in nature. Paul is telling us that the root of the tree of Israel, the promise to Abraham, is still in affect and God at the proper time will bring all Israel into salvation Romans But that does not mean that some will be rejected.
Then again, pastors might fare better looking at their church not as a kingdom to own, but a flock to teach and guide—and not just to guide into following his law and order, either. If only we could find one of them to write a book on this subject. But there I go again, being Absalom. Like a sword, the Bible is only as good—or as evil—as the one who uses it.
Here we see a pastor throwing his spear of twisted scripture at all who question him. And here we see how those who question that pastor must get real good at defending themselves against those spears using their own spear of scripture, which the author discourages. In my own experience, I did just what David did. I got real good at dodging. Then one day I turned around and found that those spears that missed me had hit my family, my friends, and my loved ones.
What are you supposed to do then? But now, after reading this book, I have decided to say something. When it comes to warping the minds of the young and destroying the next generation, patience and apathy are no longer options I can consider. This is not the time for meekness or martyrdom. This is not the time for silence or ignorance as to the true meaning of scripture. May 05, Jeri Massi rated it liked it Shelves: In many ways, especially to a Fundamentalist, it is a very validating book. It does assure you that yes, the preacher who is abusing others or you really is doing evil.
On the other hand, Edwards does not go far enough in fact, he makes no real move in the direction of showing that wicked men in church authority are to be removed from office according to the Scripture. He tells the suffering person to submit, submit, submit. Edwards is strong on analysis, strong on sympathizing with the suffering, but weak on guidance.
The New Testament does provide a procedure for removing bad elders. Sadly, in today's celebrity-driven religious right, the Evangelicals and Fundamentalists have removed those teachings from their church constitutions and by-laws. Edwards really endorses "brokenness" as a Christian virtue. Back when I also endorsed this idea that God had to "break" me to use me, I liked his book a whole lot. Now that I recognize that "brokenness" is never identified in Scripture as a virtue or a goal of our Sanctification in Christ, I am less enthusiastic about the book.
But it does make so me very good points. Oct 30, Nate San rated it really liked it. A great book about what to do in the midst of trials that seem unfair and obscure. Especially, as we wonder who is "of God" and who is not. God does not reveal who is anointed and we may never know.
What we do have is the choice to respond well. This much, the book made clear. I have definitely faced Saul's and Absolom's. I can only hope to approach the courage of David and the where with all to stand what the way he did. This is a great read and will draw you into the storyline. I highly recomm A great book about what to do in the midst of trials that seem unfair and obscure.
I highly recommend it for leadership and character development. Apr 09, Symon rated it it was amazing. God has a university. Few enrol; even fewer graduate. Very, very few indeed. God has this school because he does not have broken men and women. Instead, he has several other types of people. Because all students in God has a university. Because all students in this school must suffer much pain.
It was published in yet still often appears on the list of the top sellers of Christian books.
It has become assigned reading in Bible schools and seminaries worldwide, and has been translated into thirty languages. Funny thing is that I never knew this book existed until a wise mentor friend of mine encouraged me to read it recently. I'm so glad he did. A Tale Of Three Kings does not fall easily into any genre. It is a study in brokenness, but is written as a first person narrative delving into King David's struggle with Saul and Absalom and the reader's comparison to each of the three kings.
Perhaps it was just a very timely read, or where I currently am in my Spiritual walk, but I can say that this book ministered to me on a level no other fictional book has thus far. I cannot recommend this book more highly to any person in ministry leadership, especially those who have at times struggled with the authority God has placed them under. To the casual Christian however, this book may not have the same impact, nor the relevance, nor the revelation Mar 31, Whitney rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Alot of this was directly related to my attending a Christian University.
This book was what God used to change my perspective, and teach me about the gift of brokeness. The book is written like a story, much like some of C. Lewis's novels- fast reads, but sometimes takes months to process all of the hidden messages and lessons. Jun 09, Mark rated it it was amazing. I read this book far too quickly. But that was because it is so beautifully written and engaging that I couldn't put it down. But I suspect this is going to be one of those books to which I will return with regularity. There is an elusive quality to the writing that intrigues and provokes but always points the reader to the profound reality of how God works consistently through weakness and brokenness in polar contrast to the way the world does leadership.
David the shepherd boy is the model of t I read this book far too quickly. David the shepherd boy is the model of the man who is broken and crushed by his specific calling from Heaven. But it is precisely what made him so used. But his model is rarely followed. Instead, even in the church, leaders tend to ape Saul and David's usurping son, Absalom.
They are far more common. And as this book suggests, it's very often those who seek to lead in broken humility which is the Lord's way, the Via Dolorosa that get crushed and hurt the most by today's Sauls and Absaloms. So for those who find themselves broken and crushed, this is a book of such balm and comfort, despite the often agonising hardships of God's calling.
This is a book of realism. But it redeems the pain and honour the tears. So I couldn't recommend this crucial book enough. Sep 08, Jonathan rated it it was ok Shelves: I like Edwards' simplicity in writing, it's especially nice after reading more difficult writing styles. But, I felt like Gene was, in places, arguing that the truth needs not to be defended if you don't like the word "defended," because of negative associations, then use the word "upheld" or "preached" or "exhorted" or etc.
That laymen or elders or preachers don't need to watch the flock, to keep the sheep free from lies, free from wolves, free even from misguided sheep.
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That instead of bein I like Edwards' simplicity in writing, it's especially nice after reading more difficult writing styles. That instead of being gentle in rebuke, that, in fact, it's better to do nothing. But, again, I don't think this is biblical. I would point to the pastoral letters, also to Paul's rebuke of Peter, also to Nathan's rebuke of David, and etc.
Granted, the less training or less learned we are in the Bible, the more we should be quick to listen and be gentle. But there comes a time when truth needs to be upheld, where wolves, or misguided sheep need to be rebuked, sometimes banned from fellowship because of their denials of truths Jesus preached, that God has spoken in His word. This is where we need to be clear about essentials, non-essentials, the importance of different truths. Because sheep are sons and daughters of God. But how will they draw nearer to God if they don't know His truths? How will they remain comforted by the Spirit of Truth if they are led away from the Truth?
It doesn't mean we have to be limp-wristed cowards. It does mean we need to draw close to God, and with all that we are cry out to Him, knowing that these things are not trivial. We deal with both God's word and the souls of mankind. Eternity is in the window, this isn't court tv. And we deal with God, our Creator, our Lord, the Judge of all, are we gonna be arrogant and quick to throw brothers and sisters into hell over small truths or ignorance? Nevertheless, we need to come to the Spirit to gain wisdom, love, humility, strength, and even though the word is soooo abused discernment.
Are we certain of the truths we are "defending? Are our motives basically good? Are we doing this, in love, because we love God and love His people? Or are we doing this from a feeling that only we can guard God's truth, and only we have it, and only we have wisdom, and etc.? So before we ever defend truth, let us come to God as broken vessels in prayer and seek Him in His word, ask for counsel from better and wiser Christians, and then pray some more, and then to trust in God's leading hand, walk with Him, trust in His promises, and act in gentleness, love, truth.
Always, always, always, begin in gentleness. But please, don't ever just do nothing. At least pray and read the word and seek counsel. Jan 05, Beth Peninger rated it liked it. This has been on my "to read" list for awhile so I decided it was time to get around to it. A few years ago it was "the" book in the church I used to attend. That's initially how it landed on my list. Now that I have read it I think maybe the leadership at that church needs to read it again because it seems the lessons they were focused on from the book didn't exactly "take" First of all it is short!
I'm getting off easy this mon This has been on my "to read" list for awhile so I decided it was time to get around to it. I'm getting off easy this month by reading a whole bunch of small books, or booklets as I like to call them. I didn't realize it was not a lengthy read and actually I am glad.
The topic that Edwards discusses is one that is best kept short so the reader can process in their own way. Edwards tackles the topic of brokenness in his telling of three kings. Specifically the three kings are Saul, David, and Absalom. I didn't know this picking up the book and was interested at the timing of this read since our home church has been in 1 and 2 Samuel the past few months. I've been studying the lives and stories of these three kings already for quite some time.
One king out of three allowed brokenness in his life, the other two did not. Edwards prompts the reader to think through their own approach to brokenness and their own response to it. Sprinkled throughout this fictional telling of a biblical event Edwards gives the readers nuggets to ponder about authority, brokenness, pride, humility, and probably more I didn't pick up on or am not remembering. It was a good book but didn't knock my socks off. I'm wondering if some of the liberties Edwards took, while I can appreciate them, didn't sit quite right with me. But when all is said and done those are really neither here nor there in the big picture of this topic on brokenness.
It's an important topic and one that a believer in God should be practicing in their own life. Jan 26, Demetrius Rogers rated it did not like it Shelves: This has been on my list for a long time. I've heard so much about it - mainly through book reviews and such. So I finally picked it up and read it in one setting. It's a super quick read. But I have to confess - it made me uneasy. I agree with some of the principles, but to do what the author promotes requires discernment, otherwise I believe this book can be very dangerous. What is Edwards promoting? Carte Blanche submission to leadership - to any kind of leadership.
He uses the st This has been on my list for a long time. David submitted to Saul's leadership, and even submitted to Absalom's rebellion. Therefore, suggests Edwards, we are to submit to whatever earthly leadership we find ourselves under. That's a bit creepy. I understand and even appreciate the main principle, which I take to be -- trust God.
Trust that God will be your deliverer. God will see about you so you don't need to spend your time defending or fending for yourself. David didn't and the Lord saw after him. But, to unflinchingly lay down for any man, tyrant though he may be, is not the point of these narratives, as Edwards seems to suggest. I'm sure the author didn't intended for this, but, if not careful, this book could lead the vulnerable into unfortunate contexts of spiritual abuse.
This is a great little audiobook. Bringing back a sense of the mystery of God that I think has been lost for years. I can see that people who are in an abusive situation in a church would not agree with this audio, and in some respects quite rightly so. Aug 14, Michael E. This book was given to me as a gift in by a dear friend, but I didn't read it until It is an excellent book, especially if you have found yourself at a broken state in life.
The book takes lessons from the Bible written around the time of King David, and illustrates how these lessons can be internalized, and how you as an individual can grow through your broken-ness. I love the note in the book that cautions the reader that this book is to be read by you, and not for you to use to poi This book was given to me as a gift in by a dear friend, but I didn't read it until I love the note in the book that cautions the reader that this book is to be read by you, and not for you to use to point at other's attitudes or behaviors. Jun 13, Fred Kohn rated it liked it Shelves: This book, written by a pastor, is aimed at Christians who have suffered abuse at the hands of spiritual leaders.
It requires some familiarity with the story of King David. Despite not being a part of the Christian scene for many years now I found the book quite readable and insightful, and not overly religious. But I do expect that if you are the sort of Christian that requires Biblical fidelity, the author's injecting his own twist on the familiar story might bother you. Jan 01, Larryg rated it liked it. Good lessons about how King David responded in a Godly way toward a harsh leader who was over him, and how he also responded as a leader to a young leader under him.
There are good lessons here for leaders about modeling God's character in leadership. The book also addresses readers who are not leaders and urges the proper response to poor leadership. This book is easy to read in one sitting. This book is for anyone who is struggling with a difficult leader -- or has been betrayed by someone you were leading --this book also deals with the issue of Gods part in struggle for believers --this book helped me when I was dealing with betrayal as well as in my past when I was struggling with being under leadership that I felt was ungodly.
Feb 12, Alma Santana rated it really liked it. This book is an inward journey, for the brokenhearted. I'ts about three kings, and how we can all identify to one or the other. David, Saul and Absolom David's son. I did not put the book down, it was super easy read. Jun 12, Andrea rated it it was amazing. This book provides consolation to those who have been wounded by someone in a position of importance in any degree while at the same time not allowing the reader to sulk as there is a call for self-examination. Dec 30, A. A Tale of Three Kings is one of my favorite books of all time.
The way Edwards writes sparked an interest in me to read all of his other works. I love the story and the dialogue between the biblical characters. The lesson of brokenness and humility that is taught truly pierces the heart. Feb 23, Marc rated it it was amazing Shelves: A must read for anyone in a leadership position. Edwards illuminates the Godly principle of surrender through the example of David. Oct 02, Kenton Kauffman rated it it was amazing. One of the most powerful books I've ever read. Very short, very poetic.
If you have every considered leadership especially in the Christian sphere this is the book for you. Jan 03, Livi rated it it was amazing. If you ever have a problem with your boss, or as a boss this is an amazing read Sep 24, Jonathan rated it it was amazing Shelves: Wonderful book on brokenness.
I bought a copy, and I finally got around to reading it. Though short in length, it is powerful, and I highly recommend this for everyone, not just Christian readers! Mar 26, Jo rated it really liked it.
Gene Edwards uses an unusual style to comment and draw out the journey of Saul, David, and Absalom. This book challenged me greatly in the area of leadership and trust in God. There is a lot to be learnt when it comes to the character of David and while this book does not cover his whole life, or his missteps, it does set up a picture for one to explore the ideas and questions surrounding motives, knowledge, trust, and suffering in the church.
Dec 17, Jon rated it it was amazing. An intriguing story of the life, situations, and reactions of three kings--Saul, David, and Absalom. Using the Bible's account of David's choices as a framework, Gene Edwards lays out a very powerful case for the sovereign control of our God even in the most unimaginable situations.