David’s Heinous Sin vs God’s Mercy

Hey, there. One of the most unfathomable and mind boggling accounts in the Bible is David’s sin with Bathsheba and all its surrounding circumstances. Yet, it provides 2 extremely valuable lessons (and, probably many additional ones). The main narrative is in 2 Samuel 11-12.

Consider these facts about David:

-He had been so very close to God and had accomplished so much in God’s service.

-How many of us have our writings as part of the Scriptures? David did.

-The dude had 8 wives (2 Samuel 3:2-5 plus Michal and Bathsheba) and AT LEAST 10 concubines!

And yet, he committed adultery with a brave and honorable soldier’s wife and then had her husband killed. And, the really amazing thing here: David’s conscience bothered him in absolutely no way until Nathan stepped in!

I find these primary lessons here:

1. Always realize that no matter how close you have been to God (and Christ Jesus), we are capable of losing that closeness and devotion REAL EASY. Not only is the human heart desperately wicked and deceitful ABOVE ALL THINGS (Jeremiah 17:9) but “Satan is a lion, roaring, looking for and stalking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8). Solution: By the minute, hour and day remain in God’s and Christ’s presence, especially in prayer (Please reference “Practicing The Presence Of God”).

2. God’s mercy can be boundless with true and wholehearted repentance. David had to pay a price for this sin but he was forgiven in spite of its horrendous nature. He will still be a king as well as a prince to Israel in the Millennium (Ezekiel 37:24-25….Rotherham’s).

See you later.

Fred

God Has Your Back….Sorta!

Greetings!

In Old Testament times, if Israel obeyed God, He would “have their back” and no other nation could whup-up on them, physically.

In New Testament times, believers CANNOT expect this sort of physical protection. God the Father and Christ Jesus allow their saints (please reference “Who Is A Saint”) to be physically (and mentally) mistreated, and for good reasons of course. Jesus is the supreme example of this, as is Paul, along with others.

SPIRITUALLY…our backs are ALWAYS covered, as summarized in 2 Thessalonians 3:3: “Yet faithful is the Lord, Who will be establishing you and guarding you from the wicked one” (Concordant Literal New Testament).

We also “have our backs covered” in the sense that we are guaranteed that nothing, no NOTHING, we suffer will go to waste or be for no reason. All, EVERY SINGLE SECOND of pain and sorrow, will eventually be used for our good and to our glory (Romans 8:28), whether now or in the future. GOD WASTES NOTHING!!

Also, They will not only enable us to withstand the afflictions, but actually receive them with joy (supernaturally, if you will)!

In addition to such verses as James 1:2 and Colossians 1:11, consider the example of Paul and Silas at Philippi (Acts 16:19-25). They were “severely flogged” (NIV), put in the “inner cell” (which was probably the nastiest) and their feet put in stocks. And, they had to have been EXTREMELY sore and still bloodied (v. 33). YET, at around midnight THEY SANG HYMNS TO GOD! WHOA!!….either they had to have been on some heavy drugs or funny mushrooms….OR, they were OVERJOYED that they had suffered for Christ’s sake. The Holy Spirit enables us to act and react this way.

See you later.

Fred