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March 8, 2019 #2

Read 2 Samuel 14

 

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Scripture- 2 Samuel 14:28-30  Absalom lived in Jerusalem for two years, but he never got to see the king. Then Absalom sent for Joab to ask him to intercede for him, but Joab refused to come. Absalom sent for him a second time, but again Joab refused to come. So Absalom said to his servants, “Go and set fire to Joab’s barley field, the field next to mine.” So they set his field on fire, as Absalom had commanded.

Observations- For two years Absalom grew more and more bitter towards David. He was reconciled but only partially. Absalom was banished from Israel because he murdered his brother Amnon (see 2 Samuel 13). Yet Absalom felt entirely justified in killing the man who raped his sister. His sense of justification made the bitterness against David more intense. Frustrated that he could not see his father, Absalom burnt Joab’s fields to get his attention. 


Application- My oldest son will come running up to me to tell me something in a very direct manor. My reply is usually: Got it! I'll go see about it! Then, my younger boy will come in and jump around in a tantrum and scream very loudly, "Daddy! Daddy! Daddy! Daddy! DAAA-DDDDYYY!" WHAT IS IT? Where's the fire?!?! Sometimes we are in comfort of an experience to learn of what God needs from us, but there are times when God gets our attention by setting our barley fields ablaze. In many times, its in no other way or means that God can or will get our attention. When was the last time God got your attention by setting the fields on fire? We get preoccupied with our own life, instead of God's life for us. It's his fields, if he wants to burn them to get us to notice, he will. Our attention is worth more than his fields. 


Prayer- God, your fire represents so many things. Love, passion, the Holy Spirit within us. But the element is there for us to look, to receive, to know that there is something burning. Let us be more aware that you require our attentiveness. Amen. 

 

Youth Dude

 

 

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Read 2 Samuel 12

 

To read this text go to: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Samuel+12&version=NLT

 

Scripture- 2 Samuel 12:1,13- So the Lord sent Nathan the prophet to tell David...Then David confessed to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.”

 

Observations- Given that David had stopped paying attention to God, going his own way, and feeling entitled to violate all kinds of clear moral and ethical standards, Good took action...He sent Nathan to confront David. In the moment of clarity the King had a choice- have Nathan dealt with or humble himself, admit the truth about the mess of his life, and seek forgiveness and mercy from God. David chose the truth. David chose to return to the living God.


Application- When we have messed up along the way in our lives, I suspect- that if we consider it carefully- we would be able to identify ways God "sent" us someone to confront us with our behavior and hold us accountable to returning home to our life giving

relationship with God. God is good to put some Nathan's in our lives to challenges us. This is the perfect story for Ash Wednesday as we remember our mortality, need to receive forgiveness, and walk more closely with Christ.


Prayer- O, God, when we pause to look back at our lives on this Ash Wednesday, we realize that we have been weighed in the balance and found wanting. We have neglected to do good when it was in our power to do so. We, like believers of old, have pulled down your altars and erected idols crafted in our own image. We have looked away from the pain of so many in need. We have not prayed for those who persecuted us. We have not loved our enemies. Forgive us, O God, for falling short of Your full intention for our lives. 

As we begin the journey of these 40 days of Lent, wash us, O God, and we shall be clean.
Cleanse us, O Lord, and we shall be made whole. Amen.

 

"Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me. Do not banish me from your presence, and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you." (Psalm 51:10-12),

 

Pastor Jamie

 

  1. S. - This evening at 6:30pm in the Sanctuary we will hold an Ash Wednesday worship service focused on entrance into the season of Lent, a time of reflection, repentance, and the imposition of ashes. 

 

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