2 Samuel 8:15-18; 1 Chronicles 18:14-17; 1 Chronicles 6:16-30; 1 Chronicles 6:50-53; 1 Chronicles 6:31-48; 2 Samuel 9-10:19; 1 Chronicles 19:1-19
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Old Testament - Interesting set of readings today and tomorrow in Second Samuel. In chapter 9 we read about David showing kindness to Saul's crippled grandson Mephibosheth and we end with David committing adultery in tomorrow's readings, ordering the murder of one of his warriors, and making God very unhappy. What happened to change the course of events like this?? I think this is something that each one of us should take heed of - even when things are going very well in our walk with God, things can suddenly go the wrong direction if we are not vigilant in fleeing from sin and temptation. David was obviously tempted when he saw Bathsheba from his rooftop. He should have left that temptation there, and fled from it immediately - but instead he gave into it. He asked about Bathsheba (entertaining temptation...) and invited her over and then committed adultery. Then... things got worse. That's how sin goes. Once we let it start to run our life it can quickly start to ruin our life. David thought he could trick Uriah into thinking Uriah got his wife pregnant - but Uriah in chapter 11 was behaving much more honorably than the king! He would not sleep with his own wife when he knew other warriors were sleeping on the battlefields. Uriah acted honorably. David did not. David allowed sin to run the show. Below is a powerful painting by James Tissot showing the moment on the rooftop where David allowed temptation to take over...
Worship God: Today's readings in Second Samuel remind me of the Delirioius song "Investigate:"
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Please join us in memorizing and meditating on a verse of Scripture today: "David reigned over all Israel, doing what was just and right for all his people." 2 Samuel 8:15 (NIV)
Prayer Point: Pray that you will do what is just and right for all areas of your life - your family, church, job, health, etc.
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