Today In The Word Daily Devotional

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 13th August 2022

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 13th August 2022

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 13th August 2022


Today In The Word Daily Devotional 13 August 2022 Written BY Dr. BY RYAN COOK (Moody Bible Institute)


SCRIPTURE:  2 Samuel 11:1–5

KEY VERSE: Whoever is pregnant with evil conceives trouble and gives birth to disillusionment. PSALM 7:14


Being powerfully used by God does not mean we are exempt from sin or temptation. It is hard to understand why a servant of God like David would behave so recklessly, engaging in adultery and then murder. Yet, as one theologian phrased it, “Sin is at its root irrational.”

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In today’s reading, David was at the height of his power. He had sent his army to complete his victory over the Ammonites while he stayed home. One evening, David took a stroll on the roof of his palace. From this vantage point, he could see into the courtyards of many houses in the city. Looking across them, he saw a woman bathing. He asked questions and discovered that this woman was the daughter of one of his best fighters (2 Sam. 23:34) and the wife of a dedicated soldier (2 Sam. 23:39). Knowing all of this, he sent messengers to fetch her and committed adultery (2 Sam. 11:4).

We do not know what Bathsheba thought about all this. Did she have a choice? There was certainly a power differential between them. We are not given that information as the narrative focuses instead on David’s actions and responsibility.

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 13th August 2022

The narrator uses an interesting string of verbs to describe David’s sin with Bathsheba. David “saw” that the woman was “good” (the Hebrew word translated “very beautiful”) then he sent messengers to “take” her (vv. 2–4). These are the same verbs used in the story of the Fall in Genesis 3. Eve “saw” that fruit was “good/beautiful” and she “took” it. The author is subtly drawing a parallel between the two passages. This act would become David’s fall. His life would never be the same. The consequences of his sin would resonate for generations.

>> We are all susceptible to temptation and sin. Take a few moments and reflect on your own life. Are there areas you need to pray for forgiveness or temptations that you need to flee?

Pray with Us

Open our eyes to temptations, large and small, that threaten our integrity. Prominent or obscure, all believers are vulnerable to temptations leading to disastrous consequences. Help us perceive and flee these dangers.

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Dr. Ryan Cook has taught at Moody Bible Institute since 2012. He earned his bachelor of arts in Bible and Theology from Moody and his master of arts in Old Testament from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He has worked in Christian education and served as a pastor in Michigan for seven years. During his time as a professor at Moody, he earned his doctorate from Asbury Theological Seminary. He now lives with his wife, Ashley, and their three children in the Chicagoland area.

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 13th August 2022



Accept Jesus Christ today and secure a life of eternal rest and Glory …

Say this 1 Minute Prayer

Lord Jesus, I believe you died for my sins, Forgive me of all my iniquities. I accept you as my Lord and Saviour from today and forevermore. Come and Be the Lord of my life and I am willing to obey your command and live according to your will as you help me, Thank you for accepting me into your fold. AMEN

JOHN 3: 3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God

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