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Apr 27 May 3 Davids Sin


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Our little Church is using a Chronological Bible Reading Schedule by Skip Andrews. It can be found here:
Each Sunday a lesson is given from some of that week's reading. This lesson covers Apr. 27-May 3.

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Apr 27 May 3 Davids Sin

  1. 1. Events That Changed History <ul><li>This week we read of some events that changed history. A couple involved terrible sins, sins we would never think of committing. </li></ul>
  2. 2. Events That Changed History <ul><li>We should be able to learn some very valuable lessons from these situations. </li></ul><ul><li>First, we read about David’s scandal with Bathsheba. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Scandal And Cover-Up <ul><li>The account of David's adulterous affair with Bathsheba makes a point of the fact that David stayed at home in Jerusalem while his armies went to battle. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Scandal And Cover-Up <ul><li>That suggests that the affair occurred because David was neither where he should have been nor doing what he should have been doing. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Scandal And Cover-Up <ul><li>However, regardless of why David fell into sin, most of the biblical account of it is devoted to the cover-up that David attempted once Bathsheba conceived. David tried three plans to cover his sin (or so he thought): </li></ul>
  6. 6. Scandal And Cover-Up <ul><li>Plan A was to make the pregnancy look like the result of normal relations between Bathsheba and her husband, Uriah. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Scandal And Cover-Up <ul><li>But as a man of conscience, Uriah would not allow himself a privilege that was denied the rest of David's troops. In that way, loyal Uriah put unprincipled David to shame. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Scandal And Cover-Up <ul><li>Plan B was based on the assumption that drunkenness would lower Uriah's well-guarded principles so that he would sleep with his wife. But again Uriah resisted the impulse. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Scandal And Cover-Up <ul><li>Plan C called for neither coercion nor deception, but outright murder. Uriah was to be sacrificed to the enemy in a way that would make his death appear to be a casualty of war. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Scandal And Cover-Up <ul><li>Then David could respond to the grieving widow by embracing her as his wife. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Scandal And Cover-Up <ul><li>Plan C might have worked, except that David was not some pagan king but the Lord's anointed. In violating Bathsheba and arranging Uriah's death, </li></ul>
  12. 12. Scandal And Cover-Up <ul><li>David had &quot;despised the commandment of the LORD&quot;. Thus the Lord sent Nathan to expose his sin and pronounce judgment. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Scandal And Cover-Up <ul><li>David admitted his sins and repented of his wrongdoing, turning to God for forgiveness and the renewal of his spiritual walk. God forgave him, but the child died. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Scandal And Cover-Up <ul><li>Once David was right with God, his union with Bathsheba was blessed with another child, Solomon. Nevertheless, despite his cleansing from the Lord, David was permanently affected by this scandalous episode. </li></ul>
  15. 15. You Are The Man <ul><li>Just as David was a man after God's own heart, so Nathan was God's gift to the man after His own heart. Scripture introduces him suddenly when David sought to build a temple to the Lord. </li></ul>
  16. 16. You Are The Man <ul><li>Nathan revealed that God promised to establish David's dynasty, but that He wanted the construction of a temple to be left for Solomon. </li></ul>
  17. 17. You Are The Man <ul><li>Nathan's next appearance followed David's sin with Bathsheba. He pinpointed David's guilt with the stinging accusation, </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;You are the man!&quot; </li></ul>
  18. 18. You Are The Man <ul><li>Nathan's prophecy concerning David's house came to pass with Amnon's rape of Tamar, Absalom's murder of Amnon, and Absalom's rebellion against his father and the violation of David's concubines. </li></ul>
  19. 19. You Are The Man <ul><li>Nathan helped to prevent another of David's sons, Adonijah, from seizing the throne by reminding the king of his promise to make Solomon his successor. </li></ul>
  20. 20. You Are The Man <ul><li>He then assisted in the crowning of Solomon before disappearing from the account. Confronting others about, their sin is a delicate matter. For help in doing it properly, see Jesus' teaching in </li></ul><ul><li>Matthew 18:15-20 (Word in Life) </li></ul>
  21. 21. You Are The Man <ul><li>&quot;If your brother sins, go and show him his fault when the two of you are alone. If he listens to you, you have regained your brother. </li></ul>
  22. 22. You Are The Man <ul><li>16 But if he does not listen, take one or two others with you, so that at the testimony of two or three witnesses every matter may be established . </li></ul>
  23. 23. You Are The Man <ul><li>17 If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. If he refuses to listen to the church, treat him like a Gentile or a tax collector. </li></ul>
  24. 24. &quot;I Have Sinned&quot; <ul><li>David's simple confession to Nathan, &quot;I have sinned&quot;, summarized his much longer prayer of repentance, and appeal for cleansing in Psalm 51 . </li></ul>
  25. 25. &quot;I Have Sinned&quot; <ul><li>Nathan replied that God had &quot;put away,&quot; or forgiven, David's sin. That God would do so reveals much about His character—that He delights in forgiving repentant sinners. </li></ul>
  26. 26. Amnon & Tamar <ul><li>2 Samuel 13 Amnon falls in love with his half-sister Tamar, and feigns himself sick, and requests her to attend him. David sends her to him, and he violates her. </li></ul>
  27. 27. Amnon & Tamar <ul><li>He then hates her, and expels her from his house, She rends her garments, puts ashes on her head, and goes forth weeping. </li></ul>
  28. 28. Absalom Avenges His Sister <ul><li>She is met by Absalom her brother, who, understanding her case, determines the death of Amnon. Two years after, he invites all his brothers to a sheep-shearing, when he orders his servants to murder Amnon. </li></ul>
  29. 29. Absalom Avenges His Sister <ul><li>Tidings come to David that Absalom has slain all the king’s sons, which fills him with the bitterest distress. The rest soon arrive, and he finds that Amnon only is killed. </li></ul>
  30. 30. Absalom Flees <ul><li>Absalom flees to Talmai, king of Geshur, where he remains three years. David longs after Absalom, having become reconciled to the death of Amnon. (Clarke) </li></ul>
  31. 31. Absalom's Return <ul><li>As David did not repeal the banishment of Absalom, even after he had comforted himself for Amnon's death, Joab endeavoured to bring him back to Jerusalem by stratagem; and when this succeeded, he proceeded to effect his reconciliation to the king. </li></ul>
  32. 32. Absalom's Return <ul><li>He may have been induced to take these steps partly by his personal attachment to Absalom, but the principal reason no doubt was that Absalom had the best prospect of succeeding to the throne. </li></ul>
  33. 33. Absalom's Return <ul><li>Joab thought this the best way to secure himself from punishment for the murder which he had committed. But the issue of events frustrated all such hopes. </li></ul>
  34. 34. Absalom's Return <ul><li>Absalom did not succeed to the throne, Joab did not escape punishment, and David was severely chastised for his weakness and injustice. (K&D) </li></ul>
  35. 35. A Theft of Hearts in The Gates of Justice <ul><li>If a person wants to gather a following, one way to do it is by criticizing a public system and then leading others to believe that one could fix its problems if given power. Such was the strategy by which Absalom &quot;stole the hearts of the men of Israel.&quot; </li></ul>
  36. 36. A Theft of Hearts in The Gates of Justice <ul><li>Absalom chose Israel's justice system as his venue from which to attack his father, David. As king, David was ultimately responsible for overseeing legal matters in the kingdom. </li></ul>
  37. 37. A Theft of Hearts in The Gates of Justice <ul><li>Apparently the system did not function as efficiently as it might have, a fact that Absalom exploited. </li></ul>
  38. 38. A Theft of Hearts in The Gates of Justice <ul><li>He placed himself near &quot;the gate,&quot; which was either the city gate, where commercial, civic, and judicial business was transacted, or possibly the palace gate. There he intercepted people coming to David seeking legal redress. </li></ul>
  39. 39. A Theft of Hearts in The Gates of Justice <ul><li>Absalom, perhaps fearing that true justice might assert itself against his treasonous scheme, employed 50 bodyguards, along with a contingent of chariots and horses. </li></ul>
  40. 40. A Theft of Hearts in The Gates of Justice <ul><li>David should have suspected such a large battalion of men guarding a known rebel. Yet apparently he ignored the threat that was stalking his reign right outside, in the gates of justice. (Word in Life TM Study Bible) </li></ul>
  41. 41. Absalom's Vow <ul><li>Absalom's supposed vow to serve the Lord if He would return him to Jerusalem was clearly part of a scheme to depose his father, David, and take over the throne. </li></ul>
  42. 42. Absalom's Vow <ul><li>Yet even though the vow was a pretext for conspiracy, the Lord took it seriously. In the Law, God had clearly warned the Hebrews that whatever came out of their mouths was binding. (Word in Life TM Study Bible) </li></ul>
  43. 43. David Flees Jerusalem <ul><li>David's flight from Jerusalem must have been a humiliating experience, inasmuch as he was run off by his own son Absalom. Psalm 3 was composed at this time, and can be read as a parallel passage to the account in 2 Samuel . (Word in Life TM Study Bible) </li></ul>
  44. 44. Weariness in the Wilderness <ul><li>The flight of David and his loyal followers to escape his treacherous son Absalom was one of several occasions on which David took refuge in a wilderness area. </li></ul>
  45. 45. Weariness in the Wilderness <ul><li>It is possible that the king composed Psalm 63 during this journey, which should be read in conjunction with 2 Samuel , The psalm, expresses David's prayer to God in &quot;a dry and thirsty land,&quot; and may anticipate the ultimate defeat of Absalom. (Word in Life TM Study Bible) </li></ul>
  46. 46. Lessons We Can Learn <ul><li>What are the lessons we can take from this week’s reading? We would never consider doing such terrible things like adultery, rape, or murder. </li></ul>
  47. 47. Lessons We Can Learn <ul><li>Are those sins really so terrible? Are there sins greater than the rest? </li></ul>
  48. 48. The Greatest Commandment <ul><li>Matthew 22:36 NET “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?&quot; </li></ul>
  49. 49. The Greatest Commandment <ul><li>37 Jesus said to him, &quot; ' Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind .' </li></ul>
  50. 50. The Greatest Commandment <ul><li>38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 The second is like it: ' Love your neighbor as yourself .' </li></ul>
  51. 51. The Greatest Commandment <ul><li>40 All the law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Of course, Jesus tells us plainly the two greatest commands on which all others depend. </li></ul>
  52. 52. Is One Sin Greater Than Another? <ul><li>If we don’t love our neighbor is that as bad as not loving the Lord with all our might? Let’s look at the example James gives. </li></ul>
  53. 53. Is One Sin Greater Than Another? <ul><li>James 2:8 NET But if you fulfill the royal law as expressed in this scripture, &quot; You shall love your neighbor as yourself ,&quot; you are doing well. </li></ul>
  54. 54. Is One Sin Greater Than Another? <ul><li>9 But if you show prejudice, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as violators. </li></ul>
  55. 55. Is One Sin Greater Than Another? <ul><li>10 For the one who obeys the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it. 11 For he who said, &quot; Do not commit adultery ,&quot; also said, &quot; Do not murder .&quot; </li></ul>
  56. 56. Is One Sin Greater Than Another? <ul><li>Now if you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a violator of the law. </li></ul>
  57. 57. Even A Little Sin Make Us Sinners <ul><li>The point is, whether we think the sin great or small, regardless, when we commit the least sin we are still sinners! </li></ul>
  58. 58. Even A Little Sin Make Us Sinners <ul><li>We’ll not even explore how easy it is to sin without lifting a finger, ie. If you hate your brother you are guilty of murder, If you look at a woman with desire in your heart you are guilty of adultery. </li></ul>
  59. 59. Love Will Show Us as Disciples <ul><li>John 13:34 NET “I give you a new commandment — to love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. </li></ul>
  60. 60. Love Will Show Us as Disciples <ul><li>35 Everyone will know by this that you are my disciples — if you have love for one another.&quot; </li></ul>
  61. 61. Love is Everything! <ul><li>Love is what it all boils down to. Love for God is obedience. We show this obedience when we love others. Jesus says this is a sure sign of His disciples, Love for one another. </li></ul>