Today In The Word Daily Devotional

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 24th March 2022

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 24th March 2022

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 24th March 2022

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 24th March 2022

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Today In The Word Daily Devotional 24 March 2022 Written By Kelli Worrall (Moody Bible Institute)

TOPIC: Bathsheba: Sin and Consequences

SCRIPTURE:  2 Samuel 12:1–24

12 The Lord sent Nathan to David. When he came to him, he said, “There were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor. The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle, but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him.

“Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who had come to him.”

David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, “As surely as the Lord lives, the man who did this must die! He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity.”

Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man! This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. I gave your master’s house to you, and your master’s wives into your arms. I gave you all Israel and Judah. And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more.

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 24th March 2022

Why did you despise the word of the Lord by doing what is evil in his eyes? You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife to be your own. You killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. 10 Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house, because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.’

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11 “This is what the Lord says: ‘Out of your own household I am going to bring calamity on you. Before your very eyes I will take your wives and give them to one who is close to you, and he will sleep with your wives in broad daylight. 12 You did it in secret, but I will do this thing in broad daylight before all Israel.’”

13 Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.”

Nathan replied, “The Lord has taken away your sin. You are not going to die. 14 But because by doing this you have shown utter contempt for[a] the Lord, the son born to you will die.”

15 After Nathan had gone home, the Lord struck the child that Uriah’s wife had borne to David, and he became ill. 16 David pleaded with God for the child. He fasted and spent the nights lying in sackcloth[b] on the ground. 17 The elders of his household stood beside him to get him up from the ground, but he refused, and he would not eat any food with them.

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18 On the seventh day the child died. David’s attendants were afraid to tell him that the child was dead, for they thought, “While the child was still living, he wouldn’t listen to us when we spoke to him. How can we now tell him the child is dead? He may do something desperate.”

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 24th March 2022

19 David noticed that his attendants were whispering among themselves, and he realized the child was dead. “Is the child dead?” he asked.

“Yes,” they replied, “he is dead.”

20 Then David got up from the ground. After he had washed, put on lotions and changed his clothes, he went into the house of the Lord and worshiped. Then he went to his own house, and at his request they served him food, and he ate.

21 His attendants asked him, “Why are you acting this way? While the child was alive, you fasted and wept, but now that the child is dead, you get up and eat!”

22 He answered, “While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept. I thought, ‘Who knows? The Lord may be gracious to me and let the child live.’ 23 But now that he is dead, why should I go on fasting? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him, but he will not return to me.”

24 Then David comforted his wife Bathsheba, and he went to her and made love to her. She gave birth to a son, and they named him Solomon. The Lord loved him;

MEMORY VERSE:: Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.
Galatians 6:7

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MESSAGE

How does a person correct a king? The best way, perhaps, is to get him to convict himself. In 2 Samuel 12:1, the prophet Nathan appears before David with little introduction. The Lord had sent him, and he told David a story about a rich man and a poor man. The image of the rich man slaughtering the poor man’s “one little ewe lamb” stirred empathy in the heart of the former shepherd. David exploded, “The man who did this must die!” (v. 5).

By condemning the rich man, David condemned himself. Nathan pointed out: “You are the man!” (v. 7). David had sinned against a less-fortunate man doing evil in God’s eyes (v. 9) The Lord had given David everything, but rather than be satisfied, he chased after more, even things that were not his.

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The consequences were severe—for David, for Bathsheba, and for their child. Calamity would come from his own household. His wives would be given to another man. And his son would die, which raises questions for the reader regarding the Davidic Covenant (2 Samuel 7). How would David’s dynasty endure?

David’s response to the Lord’s rebuke is significant. He expresses immediate and complete remorse, in clear contrast to Saul, who had confessed (1 Sam. 15:2430), but only after deflection and argumentation. Nathan reassured David: “The LORD has taken away your sin.” The implication is positional. The sin was removed, taken far away.

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Today In The Word Daily Devotional 24th March 2022

But even though David’s repentance was genuine, and God’s forgiveness complete, David and Bathsheba’s first son still died (v. 18). This was a consequence of sin, not a punishment for it. David comforted “his wife Bathsheba”—she was notably no longer seen as Uriah’s wife. And they quickly had another son, Solomon, whom the Lord loved.

> When we sin and confess our sin, we can experience God’s forgiveness and restoration. However, we must also live with the consequences of that sin. David’s story is a reminder to never take sin lightly.

 

PRAY WITH US

As we suffer the consequences of sin—not only our own but also the sins of others—we understand more deeply the gravity of unholiness. This in turn magnifies Your holiness, Lord God. Thank You for forgiving us once for all!

Kelli Worrall is Professor of Communications and Chair of the Division of Music and Media Arts at Moody Bible Institute. She is the author of several books, including Pierced and Embraced: 7 Life-Changing Encounters with the Love of Christ. Kelli studied at Cedarville University (BA), Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (MRE), and Roosevelt University (MFA).  She enjoys speaking both individually and with Peter at events and retreats. They live in northwest Illinois with their two children.

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