David Pronounces Judgment on the Rich Man –

 2 Samuel 12:5-6..Then David’s anger burned greatly against the man, and he said to Nathan, “As the Lord lives, surely the man who has done this deserves to die. He must make restitution for the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing and had no compassion.

The king was furious and expressed his feeling that the rich man in Nathans story [vv.1-4] deserved to die v.5. However, David did not order the rich man to be executed. Instead, he pronounced an official judgment based on the law of Moses.  Exodus 22:1 indicates that a thief must make restitution of “four sheep for the sheep.” David knew the Law of God.

David sentenced the rich man to pay four lambs to the poor man in restitution for the one lamb that was taken and slaughtered. David said the rich man had been guilty of showing no pity toward a fellow Israelite in need; he had no compassion”.  David desired to inflict a greater punishment on the guilty man. Nevertheless, he would confine his verdict to the stipulations of the law. In doing so, David showed mercy to a sinner despite his emotional desire to put the rich man to death.

Perhaps you can relate to the saying “Justice we want for others; mercy we want for ourselves.” Pointing out the sins of others comes easily to us. Admitting our own sins is far more difficult. As believers, we need to recognize that trying to hide our sins from God is impossible. Yet we should also be grateful that in Jesus, God provides undeserved mercy to us when confess.9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” [1 John 1:8-10].

How can using stories from scripture or life help in confronting sinful behavior by others?

Henry Luke 7/19/2018

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Nathan confronts David about his sin

2 Samuel 12:1-4

1 Then the Lord sent Nathan to David. And he came to him and said, “There were two men in one city, the one rich and the other poor. “The rich man had a great many flocks and herds. “But the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb Which he bought and nourished; And it grew up together with him and his children. It would eat of his bread and drink of his cup and lie in his bosom, And was like a daughter to him. “Now a traveler came to the rich man, And he was unwilling to take from his own flock or his own herd, To prepare for the wayfarer who had come to him; Rather he took the poor man’s ewe lamb and prepared it for the man who had come to him.”

Nathan’s parable communicated a simple truth that could be applied to the sin in David’s life. Nathan meant for each of these details about the poor man and his lamb to provoke King David’s sympathy for the victim and outrage for the sin and set the stage for David’s confession.

The poor man’s attachment to his one lamb was that of a family member with his children. The rich man’s conduct clearly was terrible. Nothing could justify such behavior. Israel’s law demanded that poor, vulnerable people be protected and not exploited A. As king, David was especially accountable for protecting his vulnerable citizens. He was not to allow such clear violations of God’s law, much less commit them!

Believers should expect to be confronted by the Holy Spirit about their sins. The confrontation may arise from self-examination using the Bible and OT & NT commandments A1, Bible study B, the inner voice of conviction by the Holy Spirit guiding you into truth about your sin C, or other concerned believers, preachers or teachers D. God will not stand by silently when His children fall into sinful behavior.

Today we have the Bible, the Holy Spirit, preachers and teachers to confront us; God does not let us get away with sin? If we do not confront ourselves through self-examination; we make it more likely that someone else will confront us?

Notes: A-  Exodus 23:6-7, Deuteronomy 15:7-11; A1- Psalm 139:23-24; B-  2 Timothy 3:16-17; C- John 16:13b; D- James 5:19-20;

Henry Luke 7/18/2018

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Since moral and natural evil exist in the world can God be both good and loving?

The answer to this question begins with the creation of the universe by God. “God saw all that He had made, and behold it was very good.” [Genesis 1:31] God created humans in His own image. He gave humans a free will so they would not be robots, but someone who could voluntarily decide to accept Him, love Him and serve Him or reject Him. In the perfect garden of Eden, He gave Adam and Eve one negative command “from the tree of knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat” [Genesis 2:17]

However, we know Eve and Adam were tempted by Satans lies and they voluntarily took the fruit and ate. From that day forward death was the result for all men and women and they live a life of trouble and toil. [Genesis 3]. The creation itself groans and suffers [Romans 8:19-23].

Because the natural environment was corrupted as a result of the sin of Adam and Eve there are earthquakes, hurricanes and other events called natural disasters or evil today.

Because people have a free will they choose to do evil things like the recent mass murders of people in the USA and all over the world. So both moral and natural evil result from God creating people with a free will. However, God provided a way of escape because He is both good and loving.

Throughout the Bible, promises are made for a Savior who would provide relief from His banishment because of sin. About 2,000 years ago the first part of this promise was fulfilled when Jesus came to earth as a baby, lived, was crucified, buried, arose the 3rd day and 40 days later ascended to heaven. He left with the promise that He would return and have the final victory over sin and those who reject Him. This is a well-documented set of events. For evidence click from Lee Strobel here, J. Warner Wallace here, and Josh & Sean McDowell here.

Therefore, each person has the opportunity to believe in Jesus and receive eternal life with Jesus on earth and later in eternity. For help with this question click here.

Henry Luke 7/17/2018

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David committed multiple sins that resulted in Bathsheba becoming his wife –

2 Samuel 111 Then it happened in the spring, at the time when kings go out to battle, that David sent Joab and his servants with him and all Israel, and they destroyed the sons of Ammon and besieged Rabbah. But David stayed at Jerusalem.

David did not fulfill his role as commander of the army but stayed at Jerusalem. As a result, he was bored and restless.

Now when evening came David arose from his bed and walked around on the roof of the king’s house, and from the roof he saw a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful in appearance. So David sent and inquired about the woman. And one said, “Is this not Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?” David sent messengers and took her, and when she came to him, he lay with her; and when she had purified herself from her uncleanness, she returned to her house. The woman conceived; and she sent and told David, and said, “I am pregnant.”

In the wrong place, David sinned by lusting after Bathsheba and then having sex with her. A lot of people in the palace knew the not so well kept secret. Bathsheba was pregnant. So David thought he could cover up his sin by sending for Uriah. Uriah was one of David’s top 37 warriors.

Then David sent to Joab, saying, “Send me Uriah the Hittite.” So Joab sent Uriah to David. When Uriah came to him, David asked concerning the welfare of Joab and the people and the state of the war. Then David said to Uriah, “Go down to your house, and wash your feet.” …But Uriah slept at the door of the king’s house…10 Now when they told David, saying, “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?” 11 Uriah said to David, “The ark and Israel and Judah are staying in temporary shelters, and my lord Joab and the servants of my lord are camping in the open field. Shall I then go to my house to eat and to drink and to lie with my wife? By your life and the life of your soul, I will not do this thing.” 

But Uriah was more honorable than David and refused to go in and have sex with his wife even when David got Uriah drunk. Having failed in the attempt to cover up his sin David continues to compound his sins by having  Joab murder Uriah in the battle.

 23 The messenger said to David, “The men prevailed against us and came out against us in the field, but we pressed them as far as the entrance of the gate. 24 Moreover, the archers shot at your servants from the wall; so some of the king’s servants are dead, and your servant Uriah the Hittite is also dead.”

26 Now when the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband was dead, she mourned for her husband. 27 When the time of mourning was over, David sent and brought her to his house and she became his wife; then she bore him a son. But the thing that David had done was evil in the sight of the Lord.

David thought he had covered up his sins and everything was ok. But, we can never escape the consequences of our sins.

Henry Luke 7/16/2018

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Summary/application of 2 Samuel 8-10:

 

  1. God kept His promises to Israel and in the future, Israel will possess all the land promised.
  2. Are we encouragers or discouragers in our everyday life with the people we meet? Am I an encourager or discourager?
  3. Fear not, but trust in the Armor of God all the time! Triune God is present in my life wherever I go and whatever my circumstances!
  4. I will recognize every day that I do not deserve the grace and mercy of God. Every day I will be filled by the Holy Spirit with knowledge, guidance, strength, conviction of sin, and the fruit of the Spirit so I will be kind and encouraging to everyone.
  5. What has God given me to steward? What does He expect me to do with it?
  6. Memorize #5 – 2 Samuel 8:15 So David reigned over all Israel; and David administered justice and righteousness for all his people.

Previous Memory Verse for review:

1 Peter 3:15-16a sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscious  [NASB]  Memorize in the Bible Version you prefer 

Henry Luke 7/15/2018

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David appointed Ziba as steward over Mephibosheth’s holdings –

2 Samuel 9:9-13..Then the king called Saul’s servant Ziba and said to him, “All that belonged to Saul and to all his house I have given to your master’s grandson. 10 You and your sons and your servants shall cultivate the land for him, and you shall bring in the produce so that your master’s grandson may have food; nevertheless Mephibosheth your master’s grandson shall eat at my table regularly.”

David said I have given to Saul’s grandson all that belonged to Saul and placed Ziba as steward of Mephibosheth’s sizable estate. Mephibosheth’s son, Mica, would eat the food produced by the estate and be the principal beneficiary of the income of the land. Mephibosheth would eat at the king’s table at David’s expense and probably David would provide for all of Mephibosheth’s needs. Mica would inherit the land and its income, but not Mephibosheth’s place at David’s table. Ziba was once a high official or steward in Saul’s court and had fifteen sons and twenty servants and the skills required to manage the large estate.

David completely fulfilled his obligations to Jonathan. He reassured Mephibosheth that he was safe, provided for his needs, gave him dignity within his own court, and saw to it that Mephibosheth’s son was financially secure. David reflected the character of God, who receives us in grace and provides far more for us than we could ask for or deserve.

What has God given me to steward? What does He expect me to do with it?

Henry Luke 7/14/2018

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Grace and kindness for Mephibosheth –

2 Samuel 9:7b-8..7a David said to him, “Do not fear, 7b for I will surely show kindness to you for the sake of your father Jonathan,  

David told a nervous man “fear not” A   because I am going show to kindness to you, not because you deserve it, but because of a covenant, I made to your father, Jonathan. B David promised to restore his father’s inheritance and to feed Mephibosheth at his table on a regular basis.

Disciples are commanded; Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” C We also know that kindness is the middle fruit in the list of the fruit of the Spirit. We are also commanded to pursue kindness with all diligence. D

Therefore kindness is very important for a Disciple today, but in very short supply in our world. In all the world there is trouble. The news each night in 2018 has stories about a lack of civility and kindness in the USA. The last few weeks included a member of the president’s staff being refused service in a restaurant and an assault on a newspaper with 5 killed.

Are we as individual Disciples guilty of being unkind and discouraging toward those who oppose Jesus and us by our actions and words? E God exchanged the sins of repentant sinners who believe in Jesus for God’s righteous because Jesus loved every person and died for sins. We certainly do not deserve His kindness, grace, and mercy.

I will recognize every day that I do not deserve the grace and mercy of God. Every day I will be filled by the Holy Spirit with knowledge, guidance, strength, and the fruit of the Spirit so I will be kind and encouraging to everyone.

Notes: A- “For Fear not” click here. B- 1 Samuel 20:8, 14-17, 42; C- Ephesians 4:32; D- Galatians 5:22-23a, 2 Peter 1:5-7; E- click for Am I a Discourager? Careless words with the power to discourage. Be an Encourager! We are commanded to love God and our neighbor and our enemy! Mark 12:30-31, Matthew 5:43-44

Henry Luke 7/13/2018

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