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  1. God’s Merciful Judgment

    September 26, 2012 by Pito

    God did not forsake his sinful servant David. He continued to pursue him through the prophet Nathan. The story Nathan told about the rich man stealing a poor man’s lamb was not immediately grasped by the guilt-ridden king of Israel. It was not until David had declared justice for the poor man that Nathan put the needle into the sore by saying to David, “You are the man.”

    Finally, David ceased trying to cover up his sins and confessed openly and candidly, “I have sinned against the Lord.” God then confronted him with the depth of his sin, reminding David, “I anointed you…I delivered you…I gave you … and gave you the house of Israel and Judah…also I would have given you much more.” David committed the sin of ingratitude. God had blessed him abundantly, but David sought out sin instead.

    After David confessed (see Psalm 51) his sin, God told David through Nathan that “The Lord has also put away your sin.” God’s forgiveness was immediate. He did not demand a time of probation. “You shall not die,” meant that David would be spared the penalty for adultery commanded by the law of Moses, death.

    Because of his sin, David’s kingdom was tottering. But he repented and he was delivered because of the substitutionary death of his son. The son’s death was not a judicial atonement, but nevertheless, the son took the punishment that was due to David. When the child died, taking David’s deserved death, David arose, washed, anointed himself, changed clothes, worshipped and ate. David arose from the dust to the table, a resurrection for David that depended on the death of David’s son.

    Our forgiveness likewise depends on the death of David’s Son. We have been anointed by the Holy Spirit and cleansed at our baptisms. We have put on new clothes, the righteousness of Christ. We come each week to worship and to eat at His Table. The Lord has lifted us up from the dust, raised us up to new life and set us at His right hand. All these blessings come to us because of the death of David’s Son. Let us feast on His mercy and justice for all of our sins have been forgiven.

  2. Adultery Is King (II Samuel 11)

    September 18, 2012 by Pito

    Because David had already demonstrated his sensual lack of control for years, he easily committed adultery. Small sin not plucked out by the roots often leads to full blown idolatry. This corrupt seed sown long before had gone unchecked. It now began to bear bitter fruit. There is no chapter in Old Testament literature more tragic and full of solemn warning than this. Wandering eyes, take heed. You have been warned. The same kind of ruin comes from adultery today. We think about all the children who go to bed without daddy because of all the unjust wars around the world, but far more children go to bed every night without daddy in the house because of adultery.

    It wasn’t that David wanted Bathsheba so much. It was that he was not satisfied with what God had already given him, and that was immense. God had just confirmed His covenant with David, promising that of his house, his kingdom, there would be no end. What ingratitude! What an insult to the faithfulness of God! Yet, we do it too. We murmur and sin and complain and sin, just like David. God’s blessings can easily become a curse for discontented people. David tried to cover his sin-an impossible task for we can hide nothing from God-by murdering Uriah, the Hittite. The Lord says, “Be sure your sins will find you out.”

    In this story we see that David committed the sin of Adam. He took forbidden fruit after God had given him all he needed and more. In our culture there is plenty of forbidden fruit displayed for our consumption. But why would we want it since God has provided for His people abundant wholesome fruit for the taking?  From every tree of the Garden we may eat. Jesus gives us His flesh and His blood, the fruit that leads not to shame and guilt but to joy and holiness. Eating this fruit leads to eternal life, to the throne of God, to the face of our Lord Jesus, to the peace that passes all understanding. Let us eat by faith and be filled for our calling to make disciples of the whole earth, that they too may eat and be filled unto eternal life for the glory of God.



  3. Husbands for Daughters (II Samuel 7-9)

    September 11, 2012 by Pito

    Because David was a type of Christ, “a man after God’s own heart,” we can expect to find clues from his life to help fathers today find a godly husband for their daughters. Although David had problems with his sons, he still manifested traits that we should look for in a godly man.

    The Lord says, “Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it.” Like David, the Lord has built the house for us and now we are called to build a house for Him. Having received justification freely and joyfully, we are called to build for Him; this is called sanctification and dominion by service.

    A godly husband is a man of his word, keeping his vows even to his own hurt. He is neither an effeminate man nor a macho-man. He uses his God-given dominance constructively, rejecting easy solutions and promoting discipline and self-control. Fathers are to teach their sons doctrinal integrity, reverence for both authority and for the weak. A godly man will be faithful in all His works, a man of incorruptibility and of sound speech.

    He is a fighter for his sisters and a peacemaker with his friends. He is modest in his attire and attitudes; patient for the honor of the marriage bed. He is discerning of the pitfalls of pop culture and he rejects the “cool” if they are in the grips of folly.

    As David was gentle with Mephibosheth, so the godly husband is kind and full of mercy, like Jesus. Even though Mephibosheth was a potential rival to the throne of Israel, David brought him to his table to eat as a son. In this we see a picture of the grace of Jesus, the Greater David. Though we are members of the house of Adam, a fallen king, He feeds us at His table as the King’s sons.  Though we were enemies, God showed us the loving kindness of the Father by the broken body and shed blood of His Son.  He calls us to feast with Him that we may be strengthened to go in peace to love and serve the risen Savior.

  4. David’s Worship Wars (II Samuel 5,6)

    September 4, 2012 by Pito

    After 15 or so years of pain and difficult preparation, David was finally crowned King over all Israel. Like Jesus, he defeated all the enemies of Israel and ruled with wisdom and grace. David defeated the arrogant serpents called Jebusites and set up his headquarters in Jerusalem, Mt. Zion. Unfortunately, he continued to multiply wives (and rebellious children) which brought him much trouble. David handled his trials better than his successes.

    When presumptuous men tried to return the Ark to David, one of them named Uzzah touched the Ark(a forbidden act) and God struck him down on the spot. For a while David was confused over this but then he realized that they had gone about it all wrong. God had prescribed in the law that it was to be carried by the Levites on poles, not on a cart by the sons of Abinadab. They found out that creativity in worship was deadly. Uzzah’s error in thinking had disastrous results. Also see Leviticus 10. Wrong-headed worship does not please God and is harmful to the entire Church. Cuidado!

    As the ark was parading to Jerusalem with much singing, many instruments, shouts of joy and thanksgiving, David began to dance in the dress of all the other men, a linen ephod. Michal, his wife, was not pleased that he had set aside his royal robes and was acting like a commoner. David pointed out that he was dancing to please the Lord, not her or anyone else. Because of her critical sarcasm, she was barren of children all her days.

    The Lord calls us to dance before Him in humility and joy. He calls us to rejoice with those who rejoice. He calls us to worship according to the “law and the testimony,” not according to our own imaginations. May we heed His call because the Son of David has conquered all our enemies and has brought everlasting peace to true Jews, those who are circumcised of heart.


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