“Then Nathan said to David, ‘You are the man! This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. I gave your master’s house to you, and your master’s wives into your arms. I gave you the house of Israel and Judah. And if all this had been too little, I would have given you ever more. Why did you despise the word of the Lord by doing what is evil in his eyes? You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife to be your own. You killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.’ ‘This is what the Lord says: Out of your own household I am going to bring calamity upon you. Before your very eyes I will take your wives and give them to one who is close to you, and he will lie with your wives. In broad daylight. You did it in secret, but I will do this thing in broad daylight before all Israel.’ Then David said to Nathan, ‘I have sinned against the Lord.’ Nathan replied, ‘The Lord has taken away you sin. You are not going to die. But because by doing this you have made the enemies of he Lord show utter contempt, the son born to you will die.’” (2nd Samuel12:7-14)
No one, no matter how powerful or prestigious, has the right to take another human for personal pleasure, especially when the action violates the sanctity of the marriage covenant (Exodus 20:14).
Death is the penalty for sin (Genesis 2:17; Romans 6:23). Forgiveness is God taking away our sin and its ultimate penalty. David escaped death for his sins, but he still suffered certain consequences for his sins. Forgiveness does not relieve us of responsibility for the consequences of sinful acts.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, David’s egregious sin against Uriah, but sending him to the front lines which would almost certainly have his life taken from him, and then taking Uriah’s wife, Bathsheba as his wife was the second part of his sin. Nathan described a story and then had David give judgment, which was death on the part of the man killing another, to then take his wife for his own. In essence David judged himself. You did not take him Abba, instead you took the child which came from that relationship between David and Bathsheba. Abba, you showed mercy on David and forgave him of his sin. In our country today, we have cities being torn apart and we simply ask for healing for us all. The turmoil is full of rage, some asking for justice while others are simply trying to hold up the bank, thinking monetary gain would solve their problems. Abba, we cannot love each other, if we cannot sit down and talk in a civil manner with each other. Bring all parties together, to work out our differences, our issues with each other, and ultimately to heal this land that we all love so much. For my brothers and sisters in this country, we must center our lives around You, so that we can be willing to work on the problems. We can do nothing without You involved in our situation, for it is only with You that we will be able to find resolutions. The problems are large, but we must begin to work, and solve one issue at a time, and hopefully then we can work together on all of our problems, to heal this land that You created. It is in our Lord and Savior’s name, Jesus Christ we pray. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Let us begin to weave and God will give us the thread.”
“Perhaps the reason he was separated from you for a little while was that you might have him back for good—-no longer as a slave, but better than a slave, as a dear brother. He is very dear to me but even dearer to you, both as a man and as a brother in the Lord.” (Philemon1:15-17)
Paul wanted Philemon to be active in sharing his faith, for in that way he would mature in the faith and deepen as a believer. T do personal evangelism is a great strength to one’s own personal faith as well as a means to lead other into the faith. Business relationships often categorize and separate people. Christina love joins all people in the Christian family. Paul did not comment on the rightness or wrongness of the institution of slavery. Instead he provided a basis for overcoming the social barriers of business relationships and ultimately of doing away with slavery. The treat another person as a brother or sister makes owning a person as a slave impossible.
“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he or she has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” (1st Peter4:8-10)
Only Christ’s blood can cleanse from sin and provide salvation. Through the Spirit’s sanctifying work, we can purify ourselves by obeying the truth of the gospel. Obedience should show itself in loving our brothers and sisters from a pure heart. Such pure works demonstrate Christ has cleansed and saved us (James 1:14-26). Jews expected religious acts or ceremonies to cleanse them. Such rites have no effect, only loving actions. Beloved Christian purity comes through the truth of faith on Christ Jesus. It expresses itself in love for others. One cannot fake this, your love for others is clear by the way you talk and work with others and it is clear to those around that witness your love for others.
Second Thought of the Day:
Relationships not rules are at the heart of Christian ethics. Love is the root of right relationships. Love is not something we manufacture. Love is the central characteristic of God Himself and thus is a gift we receive from Him. Love is defined not by words but by the act of God in giving His Son to die on the cross for us. That love compels us to love others. When we do, we show we belong to God and He lives within us.
“It has given me great joy to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as the Father commanded us. And now, dear lady, I am not writing you a new command but one we have had from the beginning. I ask that we love one another. And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.” (2nd John1:4–6)
This passage (1st John 4:7-21) may be the strongest single passage in he Bible concerning the love of God. The basic message is simple: God is love. The word used here for love is agape and it is a Greek term, which means a self-giving love that seeks the very best interests of its object and is not selfish or self-seeking. God’s love creates a response of live in us. We can know if we truly belong to God by checking to see if love controls our lives. Such love drives out any fear we might have of God’s judgment.