Day 62 of 240 Days Bible Reading Group 3947 Chapter 12 to 15
I AM THE JUSTICE ⏳⚖
⏳ Nathan’s Parable and David’s Confession
The LORD sent the prophet Nathan to David. Nathan went to him and said, *There were two men who lived in the same town; one was rich and the other poor.
The rich man had many cattle and sheep, while the poor man had only one lamb, which he had bought. He took care of it, and it grew up in his home with his children. He would feed it some of his own food, let it drink from his cup, and hold it in his lap. The lamb was like a daughter to him.
One day a visitor arrived at the rich man's home. The rich man didn't want to kill one of his own animals to fix a meal for him; instead, he took the poor man's lamb and prepared a meal for his guest.*
David became very angry at the rich man and said, *I swear by the living LORD that the man who did this ought to die!
For having done such a cruel thing, he must pay back four times as much as he took.*
You are that man, Nathan said to David. *And this is what the LORD God of Israel says: 'I made you king of Israel and rescued you from Saul.
I gave you his kingdom and his wives; I made you king over Israel and Judah. If this had not been enough, I would have given you twice as much
Why, then, have you disobeyed my commands? Why did you do this evil thing? You had Uriah killed in battle; you let the Ammonites kill him, and then you took his wife!
I have sinned against the LORD, David said. Nathan replied, *The LORD forgives you; you will not die.
But because you have shown such contempt for the LORD in doing this, your child will die.*
Then Nathan went home .
⏳ The Death of David’s Son
A week later the child died,
⏳ Solomon Is Born
Then David comforted his wife Bathsheba. He had intercourse with her, and she bore a son, whom David named Solomon. The LORD loved the boy
⏳ Rabbah Is Captured
⏳ Amnon and Tamar
⏳ Absalom Murders Amnon
⏳ Absalom Returns to Jerusalem
⏳ David Forgives Absalom
⏳ Absalom’s Treason
⏳ David Escapes from Jerusalem
BE FAIR I AM COMING SOON
⏳⚖ "All glory and honour belongs to God alone"
WISE WOMAN OF TEKOAH .
2 Samuel 14 : 1 -20 Here we see , David and his son Absalom had a broken relatioship . But Joab , the chief of David's army made a wise woman of Tekoah to tell a parable and David realised his mistakes .
1 . When David committed sin against Bethshebah , God sent Nathan and made him to realise his sin . God is using many methods to make us to realise our mistakes . But it is really a wonder to realise that he has given such a great wisdom to this woman of Tekoah many thousands of years before . We can very well tell stories to small children so that they will not forget it and learn to obey God . But we don't have time or wisdom for this .
2 .She told that she lost her husband and his son. She came to the king , as a widow , with a dress of mourning ,with out using any cosmetic oil . She was pleading mercy for his only son , who was living . Let us also pray for our spiritual children so that they will not be destroyed .
3 .She told her problem only to the king to save her son from death .She fell on her face to the ground , and honoured him and requested to save her son . Let us also humble ourselves ,worship Him, and plead for the perishing souls.
4 . When the king saw the humbleness of this woman , he asked her , what was her need ? If so , our Heavenly king , who is rich in mercy will definitely answer our prayers .
5 . On hearing this story of the parable , he was ready to do the needful. He asked them to bring Absalom . All amenity and bitterness has gone away .
6 . Yes , blessed are the peacemakers , for they will be called children of God . The gospel or good news is peace , to bring peace in the familit's, society and churches . It is not to break the families but to bring peace . Let us learn this from Joab and the wise woman of Tekoah who brought peace between David and Absalom . Let us praise God for their witnessing life .Amen . Hallelujah .
Dr. Padmini Selvyn.
As David settles into his palace and has relief from all his enemies, his first thoughts revolve around building a house for the ark of God to reside in, 2 Samuel 7:1.
On seeing this, the Lord responds to David through Nathan the prophet giving David some amazing promises. The Lord said that, He Himself, would build David a permanent dynasty and raise up his descendant to succeed him and would thus establish David's Kingdom, 2 Samuel 7:12,13. On hearing this, David sits before the Lord and remembers the place from where the Lord picked him up, and praises God for not only blessing him this far, but even promising to bless and establish his posterity too, vs 18-24. He graciously receives God's promise and ask the Lord to fulfill the same for the glory of God's great Name, vs 25-29.
The Lord also tells David that if his future generations disobey the Lord, God would surely correct and discipline them, but would never take away His loving kindness from them, as He did to Saul, vs 14,15. So, it seems that because David endured years of discipline from God's hand, and patiently endured the same, until God opened the way for him to be made king of both Israel and Judah, the blessings that came upon David were transferred to his descendants too! David then remembers his promise to Jonathan and seeks out Saul's descendants to do them good. He learns about Jonathan's crippled son Mephibosheth and volunteers to look after him for the rest of his life, just as though he were one of his own sons, 2 Samuel 9!
Such behaviour on David's part gives some insight into his close walk with God that made him sensitive to the feelings of the needy around him, inspite of the harm that was done to him in the past. Even when people misunderstood him and repaid him evil for good, as was in the case of Hanun, the son of the King of the Ammonites who died, David did not immediately go to war with them, but only did so when they made the first move to engage in a battle, together with a few other kings who joined with them against Israel, 2 Samuel 10. Even here, God used their evil deeds to work for David's good, and David won a great victory at the end of that battle! This clearly proves that each one of us can enjoy similar graces and blessings, and in a greater measure too, (since we are under the New Covenant) provided we consistently choose to seek God's Kingdom first, humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God, (when passing through difficult times by doing what God's Word tells us to instead of pleasing ourselves) repaying good for evil consistently and keeping our word to others no matter what it may cost us.
As David persistently did these things, God blessed him abundantly, gave him eternal promises and made him a blessing to many generations to come. Let's determine to follow his good example, as seen above, and partake of 'every spiritual blessing', Ephesians 1:3, that are already our in Christ Jesus.
A Hair's breadth away
😯What is really distressing about David's fall as regards Bathsheba is the realisation that such a thing can happen even to the best of men... a man of such deep faith and sensitivity as David
▪A man who endears himself to us from the time we set our eyes on him.
▪The giant killer
▪The man who held no hard feelings against one who sought to kill him and made him live the life of a fugitive for no fault of his
▪a man with no alarming blots in his past
❗All of a sudden he loses it. He seems to go totally blind, and not just for a short while, but for a period where he plots and plans the death of an innocent man, and that too, without any regret! In fact, he doesn't really see his sin till Nathan points it out! 😯 His eyes open and who can forget David's "Create in me a clean heart O Lord.."? Yes, we can pick ourselves up from the fall but we live with the consequences.
How we're reminded in the NT of our enemy, like a roaring lion, seeking to devour his prey. Like David, when all seems well especially, things can go inexplicably wrong. We're all just a hair's breadth away from a fall from our spiritual pedestals. Prayer for one another is the one weapon we have to prevent the falls or recuperate from them. Not fault finding or finger-pointing. One understands usually only after hitting that blind spot and going the gamut. Till then we tend to remain self righteous prigs.
🍇 Simple thoughts for
💫 deeper meditation.
2 Samuel 12:7 "Then Nathan said to David," You are the man"
⚡ David committed adultery and murder. Prophet Nathan confronted David and through a story, he held up the mirror that
revealed how dirty the king really was. And he was bold enough to tell" You are the man, who stole Uriah's little ewe lamb".By coveting, committing adultery, bearing false witness, and killing, David had broken four of the Ten Commandments. David committed all these sins, not overnight. It happened step by step. It started with an evening sleep. When his life was under the threat of Saul, he could not sleep even in the night. He prayed three times a day, evening, morning and at noon. And that also with
cries. ( Psalm:55:17 ) 2 Samuel 11:1.says, he slept at a time when Kings go for to battle. He sent Joab and the army and he slept.
⚡ When he saw a woman washing herself, he should have returned to the room instantly. But he waited there till his glance turned
into a lustful stare. It is said the first look is not sin, but the second and third. So it is evident he paved the way to commit sin deliberately.
⚡ You know what is behind all these incidents? Comfort, security, power, and trouble free life. David reached to his comfort zone.
He became idle and prayerless. He did forget the proverb," An idle man's brain is the workshop of the Devil"
⚡ Dear friends, David's life warns us not to seek for a trouble free life which put us in a comfort zone to make us idle men /women to be the puppets in the hands of Devil.
⚡ Now, see what happend in David's future life. After confessing and repenting of his sins, David wrote Psalm 51. Though forgiven, David had to face the consequences of his sin. His son conceived with Bathsheba, died. And just as Uriah was killed by the sword, three of David's other sons- Amnon, Absalom, and Adonijah died by the sword. His daughter Tamar was assaulted by her half brother Amnon.
⚡ Most of the sins do not develop overnight. They break upon us gradually, one step at a time. So let us move towards the Lord for
protection. Tell him, I am running to you.
Dr. Thomas David.🎯