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S.O.A.P August 12, 2017

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August 12, 2017

Read: 2 Samuel 13:1-19

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Scripture- 2 Samuel 13:19- But now Tamar tore her robe and put ashes on her head. And then, with her face in her hands, she went away crying.

Observations- The story of God's people and their sin is sometimes awful to hear of in God's Word. The obsession of Amnon to want what is wrong for him to have in the first place and then rape his half-sister, Tamar, is hard to bear. What has gone wrong in David's family?! We see the downward spiral of sin and the consequences of David's own sense of entitlement being borne out in the next generation. While David, even through his extensive sin, remained a strong king and leader of the nation, he didn't lead his family well through the after affects of his disobedience.

Application- I hope this passage of Scripture breaks your heart. I think that's what the Author and the author intended to happen for those who would hear these words. David's sin didn't just affect his relationship with God- it affected every relationship he had. The tragedy of sin is in our lives is this: "Sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you want to pay." Even when we are forgiven by God, we aren't necessarily free of the consequences.

Prayer- (by Michelangelo- 1475-1564) I wish I'd want what I don't want, Lord, at all. Between this heart and Your fire an icy screen, invisible, damps it down, so these routine words falsify what I do; the pages lie. Tongue says it loves You, but the heart's reply is chilling: there's no love there. Nor can I know which way to let grace enter, immerse it so hard-hearted pride is hell-bent for a fall. You be the one, Lord! Rend it! ramming through closure that saw Your beauty dim and dwindle, once light of the world's one sun, now cold as stone. Send now the promised light that's one day due to come to Your comely bride on earth! Oh then I'll kindle the fire within, doubt-free, feeling You alone. Amen. 

"For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard." (Romans 3:23),

Pastor Jamie

P. S. - Happy birthday to me! On this day at around 8pm in 1979 I said "Yes!" to being a follower of Jesus. I've had plenty of stops and starts, bumps and victories. I pray I'm walking more closely with Jesus than I did 5 years ago and not as closely now as I will be 5 years from now.

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S.O.A.P August 11, 2017

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August 11, 2017

Read: 2Samuel 12:1-25

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Scripture2Samuel 12:13 “Then David confessed to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” Nathan replied, “Yes, but the Lord has forgiven you, and you won’t die for this sin.”

Observations- Polygamy was a common practice in times of the Old Testament. Regardless of its origin and religious connotation, there is not one case in which such practice brought a positive outcome or a peaceful family environment. It seems very clear that polygamy is the mother of dysfunctional relations, the prelude to hate, envy, manipulations and even murder. And David´s story is no exception. At the peak of his carrier, David finally was able to send his army to the battle, while he simply stayed in his palace, doing nothing but getting himself and his family into deep trouble.

 

Application- It´s so easy to stay focused when we are going through our battles. Right in the middle of the stormy conflict we tend to keep our moral and social compass (the Bible)at hand. But once the storm is over, we tend to put it away and trust our senses, to soon discover that without God, we are morally and socially disoriented. But David´s attitude is simply mind-blowing and showed his extreme spiritual versatility. The same man who wrote Psalm 23 as a song of dependence, wrote Psalm 51 as a song of repentance. He discovered that regardless of how far we could drift away, repentance puts ourselves back on the path to quiet waters and green pastures. Oh, what a great moment it is, when God’s Grace meets Human Repentance!

 

Prayer- “1Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love. Because of your great compassion, blot out the stain of my sins. Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my sin. For I recognize my rebellion; it haunts me day and night. Against you, and you alone, have I sinned; I have done what is evil in your sight. You will be proved right in what you say and your judgment against me is just.[a] For I was born a sinner—yes, from the moment my mother conceived me. But you desire honesty from the womb,[b]teaching me wisdom even there. Purify me from my sins,[c] and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Oh, give me back my joy again; you have broken me— now let me rejoice. Don’t keep looking at my sins. Remove the stain of my guilt. 10 Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me. 11 Do not banish me from your presence, and don’t take your Holy Spirit[d] from me. 12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you. 13 Then I will teach your ways to rebels,and they will return to you. 14 Forgive me for shedding blood, O God who saves; then I will joyfully sing of your forgiveness. 15 Unseal my lips, O Lord, that my mouth may praise you. 16 You do not desire a sacrifice, or I would offer one. You do not want a burnt offering. 17 The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.” (Psalm 51:1-17)

Pastor Roberto

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