From Repercussions to Blessings

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King James Bible Study[Mark 8:34  And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.]

Date: Friday, May 13, 2022
Chapters: 2 SAMUEL 11-12, PSALM 51
Study: From Repercussions to Blessings

Hello My Friend,

Last week, we saw what we thought were some kind of light bugs in the house because they were flying around the lights. The next morning, we wake up to seeing these wings everywhere, but no bugs, and this went on for a couple of days. Well, I called my exterminator to discover that we have termites, and they were doing was swarming. Termites can cause some damage to not only wood, but anything made of paper as well. I call them cancer to houses because they slowly eat at every piece of wood in the house, and it is only when you see them that you discover they have been there for quite some time. And as I read the chapters for today, termites remind we of something else, sin, and how quickly it spreads and eats you from the inside out, unless it gets contained, [1 John 1:8-10  If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  9  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  10  If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.]

No one likes to talk about sin, and we certainly do not want to admit that we sin more than we care to admit, and should our little secret get out, then it would not be pretty. You see, there is a reason why we cannot get too comfortable with sin, it affects not only you, but everyone around you as well. Nevertheless, we can praise God that we are saved by grace and not under the Law, by which most offenses were indeed subject to death. Recently, I had talked about how the just fall and get back up, well, there is no better example than David. As we return to the reading of 2 Samuel, we come to David’s fall, and it all started when he decided to stay home.

[2 Samuel 11:1-5  And it came to pass, after the year was expired, at the time when kings go forth to battle, that David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the children of Ammon, and besieged Rabbah. But David tarried still at Jerusalem.  2  And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king’s house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon.  3  And David sent and enquired after the woman. And one said, Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?  4  And David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in unto him, and he lay with her; for she was purified from her uncleanness: and she returned unto her house.  5  And the woman conceived, and sent and told David, and said, I am with child.]

[And the woman conceived, and sent and told David,] So, here is David, in a panic because, not only did he commit adultery with this woman, she is now with child. What was he to do to hide this secret? Well, at first, he thought that he could just get Uriah to be with his wife, then the secret would not get out. You see, Uriah, was a soldier, and a very noble one at that, and well, things did not go as David planned.

[2 Samuel 11:8-11  And David said to Uriah, Go down to thy house, and wash thy feet. And Uriah departed out of the king’s house, and there followed him a mess of meat from the king.  9  But Uriah slept at the door of the king’s house with all the servants of his lord, and went not down to his house.  10  And when they had told David, saying, Uriah went not down unto his house, David said unto Uriah, Camest thou not from thy journey? why then didst thou not go down unto thine house?  11  And Uriah said unto David, The ark, and Israel, and Judah, abide in tents; and my lord Joab, and the servants of my lord, are encamped in the open fields; shall I then go into mine house, to eat and to drink, and to lie with my wife? as thou livest, and as thy soul liveth, I will not do this thing.]

[as thou livest, and as thy soul liveth, I will not do this thing.] Uriah, with all his integrity and honor as a soldier, could not fathom the thought of enjoying the luxuries of home and his wife when his fellow soldiers were fighting for their country. Sin swarms like those termites, if it does not get addressed and treated immediately. It does not matter how much we cleanse ourselves on the outside, if we do not confess it to God, and repent, it will get out of hand, and things will become much worse, [James 1:14-15  But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.  15  Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.]

Well, things did become much worse for both David, the next day David attempted to get Uriah drunk and then he would go home and be with his wife, but that still did not work. That was when David did the unthinkable, he had Joab place him in the most heated part of that battle that Israel was facing with Ammon.

[2 Samuel 11:14-17,26-27  And it came to pass in the morning, that David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent it by the hand of Uriah.  15  And he wrote in the letter, saying, Set ye Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retire ye from him, that he may be smitten, and die.  16  And it came to pass, when Joab observed the city, that he assigned Uriah unto a place where he knew that valiant men were.  17  And the men of the city went out, and fought with Joab: and there fell some of the people of the servants of David; and Uriah the Hittite died also. 26  And when the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband was dead, she mourned for her husband.  27  And when the mourning was past, David sent and fetched her to his house, and she became his wife, and bare him a son. But the thing that David had done displeased the LORD.]

[But the thing that David had done displeased the LORD.] I can imagine God shaking His head in all this, disappointed and perhaps a little angry because obviously, he had not gone to Him about any of this. Well, God did have something to say about it, He sent Nathan to confront David, but first he spoke a parable.

[2 Samuel 12:1-4  And the LORD sent Nathan unto David. And he came unto him, and said unto him, There were two men in one city; the one rich, and the other poor.  2  The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds:  3  But the poor man had nothing, save one little ewe lamb, which he had bought and nourished up: and it grew up together with him, and with his children; it did eat of his own meat, and drank of his own cup, and lay in his bosom, and was unto him as a daughter.  4  And there came a traveller unto the rich man, and he spared to take of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress for the wayfaring man that was come unto him; but took the poor man’s lamb, and dressed it for the man that was come to him.]

[and he spared to take of his own flock and of his own herd,] This was God’s way of saying that David had everything he dreamed of, all by the hand of God, who gladly gave it to him for his faithfulness, and instead of enjoying what he had, he had to go and get Uriah’s wife, which God also explains.

[2 Samuel 12:7-9  And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul;  8  And I gave thee thy master’s house, and thy master’s wives into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things.  9  Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon.]

[I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things.] Even if we are not guilty of committing adultery or some other sin that we think is worse than others, we are all guilty of sin that has caused us to lose out on some things that God would have gladly given us. Of course, David did confess his sin and God did put it away, but the damage was already done, both he and Bathsheba would suffer for their sin.

[2 Samuel 12:11-14  Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun.  12  For thou didst it secretly: but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun.  13  And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die.  14  Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die.]

[The LORD also hath put away thy sin;] God, may put away our sin as far as the east and west meet, but that does not mean that we will not face some suffering for it. While we cannot lose our salvation if we sin, we can lose out on earthly things, look at what happened to Moses when he sinned out of anger, he lost the opportunity to step foot onto the promised land. So, we must understand that, even though God will chasten us for sin, it is not eternal, we are still grounded on the foundation of Christ. Even if we lost everything on this earth, we still have Jesus, [1 Corinthians 3:13-15  Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.  14  If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.  15  If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.]

[thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme,] Do you understand what would have happened if God had let the child live? Not only would the child suffer because of their parents indiscretion, David would have been ridiculed even more, not to mention God, because everyone knew that David was a man of God. And while it was not the child’s fault, God was actually protecting the child by keeping him with Him. Nevertheless, David still had hope that God would have mercy on them and save the babies life. After he was born, the baby was deathly ill, and lived for a week, during that time, David fasted and prayed.

[Psalms 51:1-7  To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.  2  Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.  3  For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.  4  Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.  5  Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.  6  Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.  7  Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.]

[and in sin did my mother conceive me.] David was not saying that his mother sinned and that is how he was conceived, he was saying that we are born with a sin nature, thanks to the curse that was passed down to us. And this is exactly why Jesus was conceived of the Holy Spirit, and not as we are brought into this world. While Jesus was just as capable of committing sin while He was here in the flesh, He never did, and the only way that was possible was God, and the affliction He faced. Did you notice that Jesus was always afflicted? God, never let Him get too comfortable with where He was because there would be a time to rest after His passion.

[Hebrews 4:11-12,15-16  Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.  12  For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 15  For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.  16  Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.]

Well, when David saw his servants sad and mournful, her perceived that the baby died, then cleaned himself up, and went on with life, even knowing what would befall him. His servants asked him why he was not mourning his death, and he gave them the answer that all faithful, saved and born again Christians ought to have.

[2 Samuel 12:20-25  Then David arose from the earth, and washed, and anointed himself, and changed his apparel, and came into the house of the LORD, and worshipped: then he came to his own house; and when he required, they set bread before him, and he did eat.  21  Then said his servants unto him, What thing is this that thou hast done? thou didst fast and weep for the child, while it was alive; but when the child was dead, thou didst rise and eat bread.  22  And he said, While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept: for I said, Who can tell whether GOD will be gracious to me, that the child may live?  23  But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.  24  And David comforted Bathsheba his wife, and went in unto her, and lay with her: and she bare a son, and he called his name Solomon: and the LORD loved him.  25  And he sent by the hand of Nathan the prophet; and he called his name Jedidiah, because of the LORD.]

[I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.] There is hope for every child that never made it to live here on earth, as well as the ones who died before they had the chance to live here, they get to live with Jesus. Never let anyone tell you that an infant, little child, or even an adult that was born with infirmities like cerebral palsy, and has no idea what sin is, will end up in hell, that is not true. God, has special reason and place for those who die prematurely. In fact, Jesus gave an explanation as to why anyone is born with an infirmity, when asked why a man was blind from birth, [John 9:2-3  And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?  3  Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.]

[and he called his name Jedidiah, because of the LORD.] This was also Solomon’s name, it was a reminder that even though David and Bathsheba were guilty of sin, God forgave them and then blessed them. I know that I have been guilty of sin, and how God blessed my situation after I had confessed it and repented. It’s like David said, [Psalms 51:16-19  For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.  17  The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.  18  Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.  19  Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.]

Someone has to come out this Saturday who is trained to treat termites, and hopefully be able to treat it then because since the exterminator came out these things are creeping up all over the house. My mom asked why God made such ugly little creatures, and I just said that it was one of those things that came about because of sin. We were both wondering what we did to anger God, but then again, we have been here nine months now, there were signs of these things being here all along. So, it really was not anything that we had done, but the lack of the previous owners who did not get it taken care of before they started making the repairs they had made. It reminds me of what God said, when Joshua went to Him when thirty-six men died in the battle at Ai.

[Joshua 7:6-7,10  And Joshua rent his clothes, and fell to the earth upon his face before the ark of the LORD until the eventide, he and the elders of Israel, and put dust upon their heads.  7  And Joshua said, Alas, O Lord GOD, wherefore hast thou at all brought this people over Jordan, to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us? would to God we had been content, and dwelt on the other side Jordan! 10  And the LORD said unto Joshua, Get thee up; wherefore liest thou thus upon thy face?]

Get up! Stop whining about everything bad that is happening, and start taking care of the situation. We may not have been the one who sinned, but we can turn the situation around, and with God’s direction, he will bless us, [Romans 8:27-28  And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.  28  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.]

Today’s Prayer: God, Your mercy endures forever, no matter what we have done when we confess our sin to You You are always faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us of our unrighteousness. Everything You place before us is meant to teach, correct, and guide us out of walking in the flesh, and into Your Spirit. Lord, Lead us and guide us, have mercy and grace upon us, give us peace and comfort through our afflictions as well as any grievances we face, and as we look to You for help and guidance in every matter of our lives. Help us not cover the situations that we are dealing with, but treat them so they are gone. I ask this in Your name, Jesus. Amen

God Bless You, I am praying for you,

Christina

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