Friday, April 22, 2016

OT DAY 462 - David's Big Fall (Please click here for English podcast)

Silence

1.   Put on your “brakes” and stop for a moment of silence
2.   Wait for God. Breathe deep for God's peace and feel His presence. Exhale your worries.

Praise and Thanksgiving

1.   Think through your day, all the times that made you smile
2.   Thank God for all those moments, and for all those people
3.   Open your heart to praise the Lord

       with the purified you show yourself pure;
         and with the crooked you make yourself seem tortuous.
                                     Psalm 18:26

Confession and Repentance (Subjective Shifting Devotion Method http://bishopsilas.blogspot.ca/2009/08/count-down-5-subject-shifting-devotion.html)

1.  Pray for the Holy Spirit to work in you:

     “Dear Holy Spirit, shine your light into the places of darkness in my life. Show me my sins, everything that blocks me from encountering God. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”

2.  Through the Holy Spirit, examine yourself for a short silence and then pray:

     "Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for dying on the cross for our sins and being victorious over death and sin. I confess my sin to you(pause, to tell Jesus what the Holy Spirit has shown you). Forgive my sins by your blood and help me follow you. Holy Spirit, fill me that I may be able to receive your gift to love God and His people. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen."

The Word (2 Samuel 9:1-11:27)


       
       In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle, David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel. And they ravaged the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem.
It happened, late one afternoon, when David arose from his couch and was walking on the roof of the king's house, that he saw from the roof a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful. And David sent and inquired about the woman. And one said, “Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?” So David sent messengers and took her, and she came to him, and he lay with her. (Now she had been purifying herself from her uncleanness.) Then she returned to her house. And the woman conceived, and she sent and told David, “I am pregnant.”
So David sent word to Joab, “Send me Uriah the Hittite.” And Joab sent Uriah to David. When Uriah came to him, David asked how Joab was doing and how the people were doing and how the war was going. Then David said to Uriah, “Go down to your house and wash your feet.” And Uriah went out of the king's house, and there followed him a present from the king. But Uriah slept at the door of the king's house with all the servants of his lord, and did not go down to his house.10 When they told David, “Uriah did not go down to his house,” David said to Uriah, “Have you not come from a journey? Why did you not go down to your house?”

26 When the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband was dead, she lamented over her husband. 27 And when the mourning was over, David sent and brought her to his house, and she became his wife and bore him a son. But the thing that David had done displeased the Lord.
          2   Samuel 11:1-10, 26-27

Let's have a time to be still and give the Holy Spirit space to speak through the passage we have just read. Offer this time up to Jesus as you listen to him, while listening to "Gabriel's Oboe"

    My Listening

          Today's passage continue to talk about the goodness of David and his victory. Then, suddenly everything changed. David became a wicked, cunning adulterer and killer! How can that happen? 

    Let's see how Professor John Goldingay tells us: 

       David's first thought is to try to get Uriah to sleep with Bathsheba so she can pass off the child as his, but Uriah won't cooperate.
           It's horrible how one thing can lead to another. When he cast his eye over the city from his roof David could not have imagined that spotting a hot woman would lead to murder, and if he had imagined this possibility, one can also imagine he would hurry to look the other way, but one thing does lead to another. He has Uriah killed. 
   
John Goldingay. 1 and 2 Samuel for Everyone. Louisville,KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2011, p.142.


       Yes, one sin leads to another more serious sin which corrupts even God's anointed and powerful king to become a murderer. 

       Do you think you have stepped into the first trap Satan tailor-made for you recently? Do you have someone God wants you to rescue who just stepped into Satan tailor-made trap? What is your respond to today's painful situation and message? 

Dear Lord Jesus,
    Help us to be watchful in case we would follow David's foolishness.  In Jesus name I pray. Amen. 

Reflect on these questions:
    1. What would you do if you were David sinning against God? Is there anyway he could get out of his sins?

2. How can today's message warns you of human sinfulness that you might have the same possibility to sin like that, one after another?

    3. What have you got from Jesus today?

Praise and Thanksgiving

10,000 Reasons
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