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A Beautiful Love

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Reading: 2 Samuel 11:26 – 12:7a

Verses 5 & 6: “David burned with anger against the man… He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity”.

Today’s passage comes in the aftermath of David’s affair with Bathsheba and the murder of her husband Uriah. We recall that David simply took what he wanted and then did what needed done to cover up the problem. At least that’s how David saw it. As the king, there was nothing outside of his appetite. David is far from that young shepherd boy that God anointed years before.

We too can get to a similar point. No, we may not commit adultery or murder, but we can commit a sin and do as David did. We can try and rationalize it in our minds. We can try and make ourselves feel better through a variety of distractions. We can tell ourselves that ‘x’ is a sin but at least it is not ‘y’. And a favorite: we tell ourselves that we are not as bad as ___. The other trap we fall into is offering up a hollow and insincere admission of sin. Yet even as we do so we are thinking about committing that sin again. There is no repentance involved.

To bring David face to face with his sin, God sends Nathan to tell David a story. There is a rich man with many, many lambs. There is a poor man with only one lamb. The rich man probably hasn’t even seen all the sheep he owns. The poor man treats the one lamb that he owns as if it were his child. When a guest arrives at the rich man’s home, instead of taking one from his own vast flock, the rich man takes the poor man’s one and only lamb. The poor shepherd boy in him kicks in and “David burned with anger against the man… He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity”. What a consequence David metes out! The wealthy man with a vast flock of wives and concubines now stands in the shoes of the one poor soldier with only one wife to love and cherish.

Nathan says to David, “You are the man”! At once David recognizes the depth of his sin. We too come to these moments. Maybe it is the Holy Spirit, maybe it is a ‘Nathan’ that God has sent into our lives. God sends us a messenger to draw us back into a right relationship with Him. The conviction falls heavy upon us and we fall before the throne, begging for mercy. In that moment, Christ reaches out, helps us up, and reminds us that the price has been paid. Once again we are made new, holy and perfect in His sight. It is a beautiful love that we find in Christ. Thanks be to God.

2 thoughts on “A Beautiful Love

  1. CHRIST JESUS, PAID THE PRICE, DUE TO THE LOVE HE HAS FOR US, AND GOD PAID THE PRICE OF WATCHING WHAT HAPPENS TO HIS ONLY SON , DUE TO HIS LOVE FOR US.
    LOVE, IS STRONG AND REAL. A 90 YEAR OLD MAN MOWS HIS SONS YARD TO HELP HIM, BECAUSE 9F HIS LOVE FOR HIS BUSY SON.
    GOD LOVES US.
    WHAT DO WE DO , KNOWING GOD LOVES US.
    WE DO IN HIS NAME.

    THEN WORK WONT FEEL LIKE WORK AT ALL.

    IT BE FUN, IT BE PLEASANT.
    IT BRING JOY TO OUR HEARTS.
    GOD LOVES US ALL.

    😊

  2. SIN, ALL PEOPLE HAVE SIN ROMANS 3 V 23
    SIN LEADS TO ETERNAL DEATH ROMANS 6 V 23
    JESUS TAKES THE PENALTY OF OUR SIN ON HIMSELF ROMANS 8 V1 AND 2 .
    SIN BEGINS WITH TEMPATATION JAMES 1 V15
    WE CAN SIN BY AVOIDING SOMTHING WE SHOULD DO, JAMES 4 V17
    GOD IS WILLING TO FORGIVE OUR SIN 1JOHN 1 V 8 AND 9.

    GOD LOVES US ALL.,

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