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March 5, 2019

Read 2 Samuel 11

 

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Scripture- 2 Samuel 11:1- In the spring of the year, when kings normally go out to war, David sent Joab and the Israelite army to fight the Ammonites. They destroyed the Ammonite army and laid siege to the city of Rabbah. However, David stayed behind in Jerusalem.

 

Observations- In this chapter, David chose to run away from God and become a prodigal son. In verse 1 we see his initial step toward stupid as he didn't lead his troops into battle; instead David felt entitled to stay behind. Surprisingly, David moved in the direction of adultery (did Bathsheba really have a choice?) and even murder. Temptation moves quickly into full blown sin. David ran toward sin, not away from it. The glance became a stare; the stare became lust; his lust grew into coveting another man’s wife; then he followed through with the plan to bring Bathsheba to him. Self- deception led to more overt deception of others and acts of evil. David’s callous disregard for the lives of the people God placed in his care was both evident and tragic. He treated all people like pawns to be manipulated at his whim.


Application- The slippery slope of temptation and sin will always take us further than we want to go, keep us longer than we want to stay, and cost us far more than we want to pay. David experience firsthand the challenge of being successful. We either grow or swell when we are successful. David swelled with a spirit of entitlement and forgot to pursue God's heart. The good news about being desperate before God is that we are driven to our knees and aware of our great need for God. In this chapter, David never sought God. No matter whether our circumstances are phenomenal, OK, or lousy, let's choose to bring ourselves before the Lord God desperate for God's grace.


Prayer- Dear God, please don't ever let me forget You and all of Your benefits! Help me stay in touch with my deep need for You. Surround me with people who will encourage me to work with on the journey from justification to sanctification. When things are great, may I point to You. When things are lousy, may I reach for You. Thank You for reaching for me either way. Amen.

 

David's prayer of repentance after being confronted by the Prophet Nathan- a classic prayer for Ash Wednesday, which is tomorrow: "Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love. Because of your great compassion, blot out the stain of my sins." (Psalm 51:1)

 

Pastor Jamie

 

  1. S. - This Wednesday at 6:30 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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March 4, 2019

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Read 2 Samuel 10

 

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Scripture- 2 Samuel 10:2b-4- But when David’s ambassadors arrived in the land of Ammon, the Ammonite commanders said to Hanun, their master, “Do you really think these men are coming here to honor your father? No! David has sent them to spy out the city so they can come in and conquer it!” So Hanun seized David’s ambassadors and shaved off half of each man’s beard, cut off their robes at the buttocks, and sent them back to David in shame.

 

Observations- Here we see a leader of a foreign nation, Hanun, make a horrible decision to humiliate David's ambassadors that would lead to consequences that were completely unnecessary. David's intentions were good, and even if they hadn't been good, this thoughtless and impulsive action cost the Ammonites greatly.


Application- It will never serve us as Christ followers to humiliate people. Jesus had a lot to say about humbling ourselves and treating others as better than ourselves. How will you seek to show love today? How will you allow the Holy Spirit to reveal humility through you as you serve others with joy today? 


Prayer- Lord, thank You for reminders in Your Word to not be rash, impulsive, and race to follow bad advice. We want to reflect Jesus in our decisions today. That won't be possible without You being alongside us to help and guide. We need You. Amen.

 

"Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor." (James 4:10),

 

Pastor Jamie

 

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