This sermon is entitled “Bathsheba Grieved for Uriah.” The text for the sermon comes from 2 Samuel 11:26-12:13a, and it is the story of David and Bathsheba. The sermon takes a look at the result of David’s sin and how it spread outward to contaminate other’s lives. The sermon is about how David dealt with the knowledge of his sin.
Daily Bible Readings:
Monday, August 14. Read 1 Kings 12:1-17. 1) What did Jeroboam ask Rehoboam as Rehoboam was about to be crowned king? 2) What was Rehoboam’s reply? See vss. 13,14. 3) How did the people respond to Rehoboam? See vs. 16. 4) What lesson is to be learned here about the implications of a sin moving outward?
Tuesday, August 15. Read Psalms 51:1-15. 1) This Psalm is attributed to David. What was he asking for in this Psalm? 2) What effect did his sin have on him? 3) Do you think everyone has this experience with their sin/s? If not, why?
Wednesday, August 16. Read Romans 7:14-25. 1) What personal struggle did Paul describe in this text? 2) What was the source of Paul’s sin? 3) What, according to Paul, was the solution for his sin?
Thursday, August 17. Read Genesis 4:1-8. 1) In this famous story about two brothers, what does Cain do? 2) Why do you think he did this? 3) What warning does God give him?
Friday, August 18. Read Jeremiah 31:27-30. 1) The Israelites formerly had a proverb they quoted. What was it? 2) What did the proverb reveal about their view of the effects of sin on future generations? 3) How have you found that to be true in your experience?
Saturday, August 19. Read 1 Samuel 11:26-12:13a. This is Sunday’s sermon text.
Prayer for the Week:
Dear Father, we are forever guilty of committing sins which eat us within. Which cause our lives to be corrupt and perverse. As well as affect the lives of those around us. David knew this more than most. His sins caused death and shame, yet he did not allow them to give up and give in. So we ask you to give us the same determination and perseverance as we attempt to live for you. Free from the sins that weigh us down. As we pray every day, “lead us not into the time of trial but deliver us from evil. So we will let that be our prayer today. “Lead us not…” In Jesus’ name, we pray this. Amen.
Hymn for the Week:
My Sins, My Sins, My Savior!
John S. B. Monsell, 1863
1. My sins, my sins, my Saviour!
They take such hold on me,
I am not able to look up,
Save only, Christ, to Thee;
In Thee is all forgiveness,
In Thee abundant grace,
My shadow and my sunshine
The brightness of Thy face.
2 My sins, my sins, my Saviour!
How sad on Thee they fall;
Seen through Thy gentle patience,
I tenfold feel them all;
I know they are forgiven,
But still, their pain to me
Is all the grief and anguish
They laid, my Lord, on Thee.
3 My sins, my sins, my Saviour!
Their guilt I never knew
Till with Thee, in the desert,
I near Thy Passion drew;
Till, with Thee, in the garden,
I heard Thy pleading prayer,
And saw the sweat-drops bloody
That told Thy sorrow there.
4 Therefore my songs, my Saviour,
E’en in this time of woe,
Shall tell of all Thy goodness
To suffering man below;
Thy goodness and Thy favour,
Whose presence from above,
Rejoice those hearts, my Saviour,
That live in Thee and love.
Weekly Devotional Article
He Paid My Debt!
As children of our Father, we are called to live up to the God standard!
by Phillip Morrison
It is hard to accept the gift of salvation when we keep trying to help God provide it. Psalm 51 (Psalm 51:1-19) is thought to be a Psalm of David, written when his adulterous affair with Bathsheba was exposed by God’s prophet, Nathan. Only God could restore the relationship broken by David’s sin. As David laid bare his heart and soul, he said to God:
You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise (Psalms 51:16—17).
No good work we might do will make God love us more. No sin we might commit will make God love us less. Completely at his mercy and secure in his love, we pray to the Father:
Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me (Psalms 51:10)
The self-righteous won’t pray that prayer and the self-sufficient don’t feel the need. Those who are whole may not need a physician, but those of us who are broken need Him every hour.
The Heart of the Matter
“He started it!”
Any parent of more than one pre-teen child has heard that reason for a fuss. Retaliation is just part of our nature. We are eager to blame others for creating discord and slow to take the first step toward reconciliation. Years ago, one of our small children was at least creative when he explained, “He hit me back first!”
I don’t remember much of my high school Latin, but I know we live in a quid pro quo or “this-for-that” world. We are quite willing to offer a favor or gift with the expectation that we will receive something in return. You scratch my back, and I’ll scratch yours. If I didn’t get a Christmas card from you last year, you’re not getting one from me this year. If I make a contribution to your political campaign, I expect access and your vote for my favorite cause.
The logjam will never be broken and the conflict will never end unless somebody is more interested in reconciliation than retaliation. Well, Jesus is that somebody whose main interest is reconciliation. His words in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew chapters 5-7) are so familiar that we read over them quickly with hardly a pause:
You have heard that it was said, “Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.”
But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles… (Matthew 5:38-41).
Lord, you can’t be serious! What if I run out of cheeks, or cloaks, or energy?
As The Message translation suggests for this section, our enemies may bring out the best in us, not the worst:
When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves. This is what God does. He gives his best — the sun to warm and the rain to nourish — to everyone, regardless: the good and bad, the nice and nasty. If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? Anybody can do that. If you simply say hello to those who greet you, do you expect a medal? Any run-of-the-mill sinner does that.
In a word, what I’m saying is, Grow up. You’re kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you (Matthew 5:44-48).
The God Standard
How does God live toward us?
My friend Randy Harris, who teaches at Abilene Christian University, recently told a group of students, “Silence is the scariest thing in the world.” He told of spending 40 days with hermits at Lebh Shomea in a remote wilderness. No cell phone, no TV, no internet, no wifi — just silent contemplation and a few chores. What did he learn from those days of exile? “God loves me. Nothing I could ever be could make God love me more than he does right now.”
One of my most painful preaching experiences came at the close of a stem-winding sermon on the importance of being faithful to God. That’s a worthy subject, but my definition of faithfulness was heresy if not blasphemy. I don’t recall my exact words, but I was basically telling people that if they wanted to go to heaven, they had to come to church more, pray more, love more, give more, and do more. Standing before the church, I was barely conscious of the words being sung as invitation:
I hear the Savior say,
“Thy strength indeed is small;
“Child of weakness, watch and pray,
Find in me thine all in all.”
Then, the Refrain made me painfully aware that the hymn writer knew more gospel than I did:
Jesus paid it all,
All to him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.
He started it when he created us in his own image. He finished it at the cross when he paid a debt he did not owe because we owed a debt we could not pay.
Because of that grace, we live graciously toward each other and toward others. We join Jesus in living this way:
You’re kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you.