- David thought he had covered up his sins and everything was ok. But, we can never escape the consequences of our sins.
- 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?
- How can using moral stories from scripture or life help in confronting sinful behavior by others?
- God ultimately exposes human sin–not keeping His commandments– which are not a burden if you love Jesus [1 John 5:3, John 14:15]. “Be sure your sin will find you out” [Numbers 32:23c] and there can be consequences even for forgiven sin.
- May we never imagine that God’s grace somehow gives us a license to keep sinning [Romans 6:1-2,15-16]!
- Read Psalm 51:1-19. Meditate on each verse and reflect how the words apply to you. Confess and repent of any sin in your life. If you have never received Christ as your Lord and Savior, pray and do so now.
- Who was Bathsheba? She was the wife of Uriah the Hittite, the daughter of Eliam and the granddaughter of Ahithophel. Ahithophel was David’s chief counselor. [1 Chronicles 27:33-34, 2 Samuel 16:23] Eliam and Uriah were both one of David’s 37 mighty men out of 800,000 soldiers. [2 Samuel 23:4,34,39, ] The fact that Uriah’s house was close enough for David to see Bathsheba indicates their closeness. How could David have sinned against God, Bathsheba and these 3 men so close to him? How can we sin by despising God and sin against Him by not keeping His New Testament commandments? Do we even acknowledge or recognize we are ignoring many of His direct commands?
- Memory verse: 2 Samuel 12:13Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” And Nathan said to David, “The Lord also has taken away your sin; you shall not die.
- Always Be Ready and keep a clear conscience! 1 Peter 3:15-16a…15sanctify 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; 16 and keep a good conscience [NASB] Memorize in the Bible Version you prefer–for many versions click here and see below!
Henry Luke 7/12/2018