David is unable to admit his own sinfulness until confronted by the prophet Nathan. Are we willing to examine our own actions with honesty?
Worship with Holy Communion this week:
Saturday – 5:00 p.m. in the chapel
Sunday – 8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship
9:30 a.m. Sunday School, Adult Bible Study and fellowship
10:30 a.m. Contemporary Worship
Devotions for this week:
David and Bathsheba – October 21, 2018
SHARE: What was a high point of your day? What was a low point?
READ: Read the following daily readings to deepen your understanding
Monday, 2 Samuel 12:15b-23, Bathsheba’s Child Dies
Tuesday, 2 Samuel 12:24-25, Solomon Is Born
Wednesday, 1 Kings 1:1-21, The Struggle for Succession
Thursday, 1 Kings 1:22-27, The Struggle for the Succession
Friday, 1 Kings 1:28-53, The Accession of Solomon
Saturday, 1 Kings 2:13-25, Solomon Consolidates His Reign
TALK: Consider some of these ideas:
Nathan said to David, “You are the man! Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: I anointed you king over Israel, and I rescued you from the hand of Saul; I gave you your master’s house, and your master’s wives into your bosom, and gave you the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would have added as much more. Why have you despised the word of the Lord, to do what is evil in his sight?” (2 Samuel 12:7-9a)
King David thinks of himself as a good person. So what if he slips up now and then: an illicit affair here, an unjust murder there? No one will know, right? No one but God, that is.
- Where do you see power struggles within your community? In these struggles, who gets hurt? Who gains the most? How might God shape how power is distributed within your community?
- When have you committed a sin that you were unable to see? How did you come to realize your sin? What did you do next?
PRAY: God, we stand convicted by our sin and we cannot deny it. Show us your mercy and the path back to wholeness with you, our neighbors, and ourselves, for the sake of him who gave his life for us. Amen.
BLESS: May God see your sin and forgive it. Amen.