Daily Reading: August 28th


#DailyDevotion Watch The Company You Keep As A Christian

August 28th

Read 1 Kng 11:1–26

1Ki 11:1-2  Now King Solomon loved many foreign women, along with the daughter of Pharaoh: Moabite, Ammonite, Edomite, Sidonian, and Hittite women,  (2)  from the nations concerning which the LORD had said to the people of Israel, “You shall not enter into marriage with them, neither shall they with you, for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods.” Solomon clung to these in love. ..:4  For when Solomon was old his wives turned away his heart after other gods, and his heart was not wholly true to the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father…11-13  Therefore the LORD said to Solomon, “Since this has been your practice and you have not kept my covenant and my statutes that I have commanded you, I will surely tear the kingdom from you and will give it to your servant.  (12)  Yet for the sake of David your father I will not do it in your days, but I will tear it out of the hand of your son.  (13)  However, I will not tear away all the kingdom, but I will give one tribe to your son, for the sake of David my servant and for the sake of Jerusalem that I have chosen.”

 

If you didn’t have a good grip on who you really are and how you really act you would have to be asking yourself, “What’s wrong with these people!?”  The Lord actually spoke to David and he was a murderer and an adulterer.  The Lord actually spoke to Solomon twice and bestows upon him blessing after blessing and he departs from the ways of the Lord.

 

While the Lord our God is merciful, kind and forgiving, He is also just and He keeps His promises.  He had promised Solomon if he were faithful then the Lord would bless him and his children after him but if he departed from the Lord’s ways then what he was given it would be taken away.  So the Lord let’s Solomon know that He is going to keep His just and righteous word.

 

Solomon’s downfall was his wives.  Instead of converting them to the faith of Israel, they converted him to their pagan idols.  Like Adam before him, he thought more of his wives than the Lord.  We should take note of this also.  If we are not married, we should only seek a spouse who is the same faith as us and is faithful to that faith.  Paul has written, 2Co 6:14-15  “Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?  (15)  What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever?” And again, 1Co 7:39  “A wife is bound to her husband as long as he lives. But if her husband dies, she is free to be married to whom she wishes, only in the Lord.”  Paul is certainly following the principle given by the Lord on Sinai which Solomon ignored.

 

Now the Lord is faithful and he is faithful to David.  Even though David’s house has departed from His ways, the Lord preserves a remnant to rule over.  It is through this remnant that the Lord would preserve the line through which He Himself would be born into the world.  He would become Kind David’s greater Son whose throne would last forever.  His kingdom would be the one where righteousness reigns.  Jesus is the Lord who becomes born of David’s line according to the flesh and He has given us this promise, if we but trust in Him, we will reign with Him in His kingdom.

 

Lord Jesus Christ, help us turn away from anything or anyone that tries to pull us away from our faith in you and keep us faithful unto life everlasting in your eternal kingdom. Amen.

Daily Reading: August 27th


#DailyDevotion What’s In Your Wallet Or Who Is Your God?

August 27th

Read 1 Kng 9:1–9; 10:1–13

1Ki 9:4-9  And as for you, if you will walk before me, as David your father walked, with integrity of heart and uprightness, doing according to all that I have commanded you, and keeping my statutes and my rules,  (5)  then I will establish your royal throne over Israel forever, as I promised David your father, saying, ‘You shall not lack a man on the throne of Israel.’  (6)  But if you turn aside from following me, you or your children, and do not keep my commandments and my statutes that I have set before you, but go and serve other gods and worship them,  (7)  then I will cut off Israel from the land that I have given them, and the house that I have consecrated for my name I will cast out of my sight, and Israel will become a proverb and a byword among all peoples.  (8)  And this house will become a heap of ruins. Everyone passing by it will be astonished and will hiss, and they will say, ‘Why has the LORD done thus to this land and to this house?’  (9)  Then they will say, ‘Because they abandoned the LORD their God who brought their fathers out of the land of Egypt and laid hold on other gods and worshiped them and served them. Therefore the LORD has brought all this disaster on them.'”

 

In today’s lesson, the Lord repeats his promise and curse which he gave to Solomon when He first appeared to Solomon.  It is the same promise and curse He laid before David.  They are both very similar promises and curses made to Israel by the Lord while they were in the wilderness.  If they were going to be blest and upheld by the Lord then they must follow the Lord’s ways and not follow after other gods.

 

It is probably important to note that the Lord is not asking Solomon to be perfect.  He’s asking him to walk before the Lord as David did.  We know from earlier readings that not only was David not perfect, he was an adulterer and a murderer.  But David did not run after other gods.  When confronted with his sin, David repented.

 

Not only that, but the Lord, Himself, in the Law, gave through the sacrificial system a means for dealing with sin.  When you sinned, you were to make use of the sacrificial system, in faith of the promises of God that your sins would be atoned for.  The Lord could put up with a lot of sins if the people repented and looked to Him for mercy, love and forgiveness.  The one thing He just didn’t put up with was when Israel, Solomon and the peoples and rulers of Judah and Israel running after other gods.  Our Lord is a Jealous God.

 

So we too then should take heed and learn from this.  What the Lord wants most of all is for us to trust in Jesus.  He wants us to believe that Jesus has done everything necessary for us to be delivered from sin, from death and from the power of the devil.  He does not want us worshipping other gods.  He does not want us turning to created things, visible or invisible, tangible or intangible to get us through the day or get us through the night.  He simply and only wants us, wants you, to trust in Jesus for every aspect of your life and every aspect of your death.  Mastercard, Visa, American Express, cash, possessions, husbands, wives, children, jobs, political parties or leaders, diets, exercise programs, philosophical systems, self-help systems and the like are things we can and do treat as we should be treating Jesus.  Jesus can put up with a lot of sin.  Indeed He made atonement for every sin you ever committed which would get you in dutch with God.  But if you don’t trust Him, then all that is left between you and an angry God is your sin.

 

Lord Jesus Christ, grant us such faith in you that you are our everything.  Only you get us through the day and get us through the night.  Help us to turn aside from every creature or creation that calls us away from you and help us to use such creations as you intended. Amen.

Daily Reading: August 25


#DailyDevotion Prayer Must Be United With Faith

August 26th
Read 1 Kng 8:22–30, 46–63
1Ki 8:28-30 ESV Yet have regard to the prayer of your servant and to his plea, O LORD my God, listening to the cry and to the prayer that your servant prays before you this day, (29) that your eyes may be open night and day toward this house, the place of which you have said, ‘My name shall be there,’ that you may listen to the prayer that your servant offers toward this place. (30) And listen to the plea of your servant and of your people Israel, when they pray toward this place. And listen in heaven your dwelling place, and when you hear, forgive…46 “If they sin against you–for there is no one who does not sin–… (47) yet if they turn their heart in the land to which they have been carried captive, and repent and plead with you in the land of their captors, … (49) then hear in heaven your dwelling place their prayer and their plea, and maintain their cause (50) and forgive your people who have sinned against you, and all their transgressions that they have committed against you, and grant them ….

Prayer is not a means of grace nevertheless there can be no prayer without the grace of God in Christ Jesus. Solomon prays that the Lord’s name would be on the temple so that the people may be assured that when they offer up their prayers and sacrifices they will be heard. Yet there can be no prayer without faith in the Lord and in particularly today, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Our prayers are heard despite our sins. Solomon ask that when they pray the Lord would forgive them. He states a very clear case that there is no one who does not sin. All alike are guilty before God. We have no claim before Him in ourselves why God should listen to us. But Solomon asked that when they pray, the Lord would hear and forgive.

We note also that they repentance which calls out to the Lord is not fake or contrived. It hates its sin and is terrified by the wrath of God. It calls out to the Lord remembering His promise of mercy, grace and forgiveness. One cannot offer up such a cry without faith in the One they are crying out to for help. Jesus taught us that when we pray the Father gives us the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit intercedes for us praying for that which good and proper and necessary for us with words inexpressible at times.

If we are given the Holy Spirit and if thereby we have faith in Jesus Christ and His promise of mercy and forgiveness we can be certain we have received such mercy and forgiveness. The Lord must hear and deliver that forgiveness because He is faithful to His promises. He does not fail. He will not turn you away on account of the faith you have in His Son Jesus Christ.

And so while our prayers are not means of grace, the Lord our Heavenly Father, on account of prayers made in faith in Christ Jesus, delivers the means of grace to us so we may hear the word of forgiveness and receive those means of grace which He has prepared for us. Indeed the very act of prayer for forgiveness demonstrates we have already the one thing necessary, the name of Jesus.

Lord God, Heavenly Father, when we pray, grant us your Holy Spirit, that we may pray with faith in Christ Jesus and according to your will and deliver unto us those means through which we receive mercy and forgiveness from your gracious hand. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Daily Reading: August 25th


#DailyDevotion The Lord Dwells In Thick Darkness

August 25

1 Kng 7:51—8:21

1Ki 8:10-12  And when the priests came out of the Holy Place, a cloud filled the house of the LORD,  (11)  so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the LORD filled the house of the LORD.  (12)  Then Solomon said, “The LORD has said that he would dwell in thick darkness.

1Ki 8:20  Now the LORD has fulfilled his promise that he made. For I have risen in the place of David my father, and sit on the throne of Israel, as the LORD promised, and I have built the house for the name of the LORD, the God of Israel.

 

As in the wilderness when the Lord went with the people of Israel in a pillar of cloud by day and fire by night, the Lord is hidden by the cloud as his glory fills the temple. Now since the time the Israelites crossed into the promised land, the Lord had not shown himself in this way. His name though has come to this resting place and he wishes to give a sign to his people that he is fulfilling his promise and that this place is the place where his name dwells. So he fills it with his glory and covers it with thick darkness.

Now the Lord still covers himself in darkness. He hides his presence from us because he wants us to believe his promise, to trust his word. And there are two types of darkness he tends to hide himself. The first darkness is trial and tribulations, i.e. our crosses. When we are undergoing all sorts of trial and tribulations and we cannot think of what we have done to deserve these pains of life, you can be sure God is hiding himself there. Jesus has said, “If you do not bear your cross, you cannot be my disciple.” So these crosses are there for the strengthening of our faith, the witness of our faith and the purifying of our faith. For we cannot see the Lord in all these things, indeed any normal person would probably think the Lord is far from you. But he is in the thick of it, giving us the strength needs as we cast our cares upon him and trust in his promises to never leave or forsake us.

 

The other darkness the Lord hides himself in are the places he has promised to be but we have no evidence of it except his promise. So he resides in us. In baptism he promises to put his name upon us just as his name came to dwell in Solomon’s temple. But you are more glorious than the temple because the Lord himself has made you. He has placed himself in the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. But the water looks like plain water and the bread and wine retain their elements of bread and wine. The Lord Jesus never the less promised to be there for us to restore us, forgive us, and make us whole in these things.

 

Which is why the third verse I quoted above is important. The Lord had promised things to Abraham, to the Israelites through Moses and to David. Now we see in this account the Lord has fulfilled these promises. The Lord throughout the scriptures makes promises and then fulfills those promises. We have these accounts so that when we think or feel the Lord has abandoned us we can know his promise to us stands firm. He will never leave us or forsake us. He has made us his dwelling, his temple. The Lord Jesus will make sure we persevere in the faith unto life everlasting. He will raise us in new immortal, imperishable bodies when he returns. We have the accounts of fulfilled promises to strengthen us in the promises he has made us will come to fruition.

 

Heavenly Father, you have made many and great promises and all your promises are yes in Christ Jesus your Son. Help us always to remember how you fulfilled your promises in the past that we may take courage in your promises for our present and the future. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Daily Reading: August 24th


#DailyDevotion The Lord Fulfills His Promise To David In Letting His Son Build A House For the Name Of The Lord

August 24

1 Kng 5:1–18

1Ki 5:5  And so I intend to build a house for the name of the LORD my God, as the LORD said to David my father, ‘Your son, whom I will set on your throne in your place, shall build the house for my name.’

 

Now King Solomon intends to build a temple for the Lord’s name to reside. We don’t often think about names like that anymore. Indeed I doubt most parents even think about what the meaning of a child’s name is these days before naming them. But for God’s name to take residence someplace is for the Lord himself to be there. The temple, where the Lord promised his name would be, would be a place Israelites could go to offer the sacrifices, their prayers, thanksgiving and offerings and be sure the Lord would receive them (if they were offered in faith). The Lord had promised to do so.

 

Now Solomon means peace, completeness and whole. It is from the Hebrew shalom. His name culminates the efforts of his father David. The kingdom in Solomon’s time would be full of peace and the kingdom was complete and whole. Yet there is another King of Peace, his name is Jesus. Jesus a descendent of David and Solomon and he has set up a kingdom that has no end. His kingdom is everlasting, is complete, whole and peace which is beyond all understanding.

 

Jesus too is building a temple not made with human hands. He is building it through the gospel, the forgiveness of sins. He is building a place to put his name as he is the Lord and make it his dwelling. We are baptized into his name and our bodies have become his temple. It is his desire to have every child of Adam to be his temple and have their hearts as his throne. When we are baptized we are set apart and made temples of the Most High. Our hearts are purified and the Holy Spirit makes us his dwelling. Our bodies and our lives become living sacrifices to the Lord Jesus Christ and he hears and answers our prayers.

 

And not just individually but collectively too, each one of us is called to be living stones in a greater temple, the body of Christ, his Church. As we gather collectively, weekly, we make up a temple of God wherein we edify, build up one another with his Word, with his Name and strengthen each other. We forgive each other and we confess our sins to one another. We proclaim the excellencies of him who won and purchased us with his blood so that others too may be joined with us in baptism become a temple of the Lord and a living stone in the collective temple of our God. That one is Jesus Christ whose temple he raised on the third day. Likewise, he will raise your body up on the last day and you will see how we are individually and collective the Lord God’s habitation.

 

Heavenly Father, we thank you that you have deigned to send your Son Jesus Christ, to make us living temples, living stones in your temple, a fit habitation for your name. Grant us your Holy Spirit that we may indeed be a place where people can hear your Word, receive your forgiveness and all your blessings. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Daily Reading: August 23rd


#DailyDevotion So What Would Ask From A Genie In A Bottle?

August 23rd
Read 1 Kng 3:1–15
1Ki 3:5-14 At Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night, and God said, “Ask what I shall give you.” (6) And Solomon said, “… (9) Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?” (10) It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this. (11) And God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, (12) behold, I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you. (13) I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that no other king shall compare with you, all your days. (14) And if you will walk in my ways, keeping my statutes and my commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days.”

If you found a genie in a bottle and you could have one wish what would you wish for? Probably something selfish, at least that would be your first thought. Solomon exhibits something in his answer that demonstrates he already possesses something of what he does ask God the Lord for, he asked for wisdom.

And Solomon doesn’t ask for this for himself but for the sake of the people he has been given to rule. What is the Lord’s response to his request? The Lord says He will deliver this wisdom to Solomon. Indeed Solomon will be wiser than any many who would follow after him. But we will see with Solomon that wisdom isn’t always what it is cracked up to be, though having wisdom generally is a good thing.

There is a wisdom which Solomon didn’t seem to pick up in his life. St. Paul talks about wisdom. This is what he has to say about it: 1Co 1:18-24 ESV For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. (19) For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart…” (21) For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. (22) For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, (23) but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, (24) but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.”

Because Solomon asked for this thing and not selfish things the Lord decided to give to Solomon everything everyone else would normally ask for but Solomon didn’t. And the Lord makes the promise that if he would walk in the ways of the Lord, long life would be granted unto him. To tell you the truth, he didn’t seem to do that either. But this does teach us something about praying. We should not pray for selfish things. We should pray for things we know the Lord wants us to have. We should remember He is able and wants to do more than we can ask or imagine. He just wants us to trust Him.

Lord you granted Solomon anything he would have asked you for and what he had asked you for. Grant us similar faith to turn to you for all our necessities trusting that you will only give us those things which are good for us. In Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen.

Daily Reading: August 22nd


#DailyDevotion Jesus Is King David’s Greater Son

August 22nd
Read 1 King 2:1–27
1Ki 2:2-4 “I am about to go the way of all the earth. Be strong, and show yourself a man, (3) and keep the charge of the LORD your God, walking in his ways and keeping his statutes, his commandments, his rules, and his testimonies, as it is written in the Law of Moses, that you may prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn, (4) that the LORD may establish his word that he spoke concerning me, saying, ‘If your sons pay close attention to their way, to walk before me in faithfulness with all their heart and with all their soul, you shall not lack a man on the throne of Israel.’

Just how will Solomon show himself strong and a man? Verse 3, by keeping the charge of Lord his God, walking in his ways, keeping his statutes, commandments, rules and testimonies as written in the Law of Moses. The Lord had promised David a dynasty that would last for all generations if he and his descendents would keep the Law. We shall see that with the exception of a couple none of them do this and Israel will be removed from the kingdom of Judah and Judah will fall into the hands of the Babylonians, the Persians, the Greeks and the Romans. But there was one in Israel, a son of David who would do all that the Lord would require. In order to accomplish this, the Lord himself would have to become a son of David. The Lord as David’s son, would establish David’s throne forever.

Luk 20:41-44 ESV But he said to them, “How can they say that the Christ is David’s son? (42) For David himself says in the Book of Psalms, “‘The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at my right hand, (43) until I make your enemies your footstool.’ (44) David thus calls him Lord, so how is he his son?” Here Jesus lays a clue as to who and what David’s son will be. Jesus is that son and Jesus is the Lord who made the promise to David.

Heb 4:15 ESV For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Heb 7:26-28 ESV For it was indeed fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. (27) He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for his own sins and then for those of the people, since he did this once for all when he offered up himself. (28) For the law appoints men in their weakness as high priests, but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect forever.

These verses testify to the completeness of Jesus’ obedience to the Law of Moses, which he himself gave to Moses on the mountain. Because Jesus completely obeys the Law of Moses, his Father in Heaven gives him the throne of his father David. He establishes Jesus’ throne for all eternity and indeed, even in Christ Jesus gives us the kingdom as well. All who are baptized into Christ and believe the promises given us there have becomes heirs of Jesus Christ and of God the Father.

Lord God, Heavenly Father, you promised David a dynasty that would be eternal if his sons would keep your perfect law. You gave your only begotten Son Jesus to be a son of David and thereby establish your Word. Grant us such faith in Jesus that we too become partakers of his kingdom and be established as heirs of your dwelling place. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Daily Reading: August 21st


#DailyDevotion Long Live King Solomon!

August 21

1 Kng 1:1–4, 15–35

1Ki 1:32-35 King David said, “Call to me Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada.” So they came before the king. (33) And the king said to them, “Take with you the servants of your lord and have Solomon my son ride on my own mule, and bring him down to Gihon. (34) And let Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet there anoint him king over Israel. Then blow the trumpet and say, ‘Long live King Solomon!’ (35) You shall then come up after him, and he shall come and sit on my throne, for he shall be king in my place. And I have appointed him to be ruler over Israel and over Judah.”

David is a man who knows about keeping promises. His life, his kingdom was based on the Lord keeping his promises. The Lord had promised David a dynasty and it looks like at first that dynasty would come through Adonijah, after all he was the oldest of David’s sons. But the kingdom of God is not about merit or rights but about grace.

David, by his grace had promised the throne to Solomon. Did Adonijah know this? Perhaps. He knew Solomon was David’s favorite. It’s actually kind of surprising Adonijah didn’t invite Solomon, Nathan et al to the party so he could kill them and the rest of David’s sons so he could secure his place to the throne.

David orders that Solomon should be taken to Gihon to be anointed as king in his place upon his own mule. There they would shout, “Long live King Solomon! This is highly prophetic. One thousand years later, another of David’s sons, the one who truly is Solomon, the King of Peace would enter Jerusalem in like manner.

Mat 21:2-10 ESV saying to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. (3) If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will send them at once.” (4) This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying, (5) “Say to the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.'” (6) The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them. (7) They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them. (8) Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. (9) And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” (10) And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, “Who is this?”

So Solomon acts out prophetically what his descendent according to the flesh will one day accomplish. Jesus is the one who fulfills Hossanna. He is the one who saves us. Jesus is the one who brings us peace with the Father. Jesus is the one who inaugurates the Kingdom of David and of God right there in Jerusalem. And Jesus does this by dying and dying through death on a cross.

Lord Jesus Christ, Hosanna in the Highest! Save us from our sins and our enemies and bring us into your everlasting Kingdom where you reign eternally. Amen.

Daily Reading: August 20th


#DailyDevotion God’s Mercy Is Hard To Believe Sometimes

August 20th
Read 2 Sam 12:1–25
2Sa 12:5-13 ESV Then David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man, and he said to Nathan, “As the LORD lives, the man who has done this deserves to die, (6) and he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.” (7) Nathan said to David, “You are the man! Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you out of the hand of Saul. (8) And I gave you your master’s house and your master’s wives into your arms and gave you the house of Israel and of Judah. And if this were too little, I would add to you as much more. (9) Why have you despised the word of the LORD, to do what is evil in his sight? You have struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and have taken his wife to be your wife and have killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. (13) David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the LORD.” And Nathan said to David, “The LORD also has put away your sin; you shall not die.

Well David’s chickens had come home to roost. Nathan was sent by the Lord to call David to repentance. When Nathan tells David his story David is infuriated and in the process condemns himself. Nathan’s “ecco homo” (You are the man) goes down into history. Nathan hands down the punishment and it is too much for David to bear. The law accomplishes its purpose and crushes David’s heart. David confesses his sin, “I have sinned against the Lord.”

Now I’m sure you have thought, “Wait a minute! David you sinned against Uriah, the Hittite. You slept with his wife and you then you managed to get Uriah killed in battle. What do you mean you sinned against the Lord?” Well all that is true it is the Lord who commanded Israel in the Law not to engage in those behaviors. All sins, no matter how big or how small, no matter who they may affect what their effects, they are sins against the Lord. Notice what is not discussed also most loved by those who desire to send people to hell, “Was he really sorry? Was he only sorry because he got caught?” You don’t see Nathan asking those questions.

Now Nathan’s words are even a greater scandal. “The LORD also has put away your sin; you shall not die.” What!!!! That’s it?! Well David’s son from the union will die but as far as suffering eternally in hell is concerned, David is getting away Scott-free. This is probably driving you crazy. But you know, the same thing goes for you. You have sinned against the Lord, perhaps you have confessed your sin and you will get away from the Lord’s punishment Scott-free. Why is that? Isn’t the Lord just? Indeed He is. God gets his justice at the cross of Christ Jesus. Because of Jesus’ innocent suffering and death, David, you and those particularly that you think deserve eternal damnation are forgiven freely by the Lord.

There’s just one thing we need to take note. None of his had to happen. Look at verse 8. If David wanted Bathsheba, all he had to do was ask the Lord and He would have given her to him. How often have we sinned against the Lord because we did not ask the Lord for what we wanted or didn’t think He would give it to us? More times than we can imagine. So don’t covet, ask the Lord.

Lord Jesus Christ, grant us faith to look to you for all good things and when we do sin, grant us repentance unto eternal life on account of your sacrifice. Amen.