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January 14, 2024

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The first time God would demand that King David be the judge of his actions was after the death of Uriah

 

The king got a visitor- a prophet

 

The prophet told the King he came to see him on an urgent matter

 

The King was all ears

 

The prophet said, “A rich man and a poor man lived in the same town

 

2. The rich man owned a lot of sheep and cattle..3 but the poor man had only one little lamb that he had bought and raised. The lamb became a pet for him and his children. He even let it eat from his plate and drink from his cup and sleep on his lap. The lamb was like one of his own children, 4 One day someone came to visit the rich man, but the rich man didn’t want to kill any of his own sheep or cattle and serve it to the visitor. So he stole the poor man’s lamb and served it instead.

 

5 David was furious with the rich man and said to Nathan, “I swear by the living Lord that the man who did this deserves to die! 6 And because he didn’t have pity on the poor man, he will have to pay four times what the lamb was worth.”

 

7 Then Nathan told David:

 

“You are that rich man! Now listen to what the Lord God of Israel says to you: ‘I chose you to be the king of Israel. I kept you safe from Saul 8 and even gave you his house and his wives. I let you rule Israel and Judah, and if that had not been enough, I would have given you much more. 9 Why did you disobey me and do such a horrible thing? You murdered Uriah the Hittite by letting the Ammonites kill him, so you could take his wife.

 

10 “Because you wouldn’t obey me and took Uriah’s wife for yourself, your family will never live in peace. 11 Someone from your own family will cause you a lot of trouble, and I will take your wives and give them to another man before your very eyes. He will go to bed with them while everyone looks on. 12 What you did was in secret, but I will do this in the open for everyone in Israel to see.”

 

13-14 David said, “I have disobeyed the Lord.”

 

“Yes, you have!” Nathan answered. “You showed you didn’t care what the Lord wanted.[a] He has forgiven you, and you won’t die. But your newborn son will.” 15 Then Nathan went back home.

 

David’s Young Son Dies

 

The Lord made David’s young son very sick.

 

16 So David went without eating to show his sorrow, and he begged God to make the boy well. David would not sleep on his bed, but spent each night lying on the floor. 17 His officials stood beside him and tried to talk him into getting up. But he would not get up or eat with them.

 

18 After the child had been sick for seven days, he died, but the officials were afraid to tell David. They said to each other, “Even when the boy was alive, David wouldn’t listen to us. How can we tell him his son is dead? He might do something terrible!”

 

19 David noticed his servants whispering, and he knew the boy was dead. “Did my son die?” he asked his servants.

 

“Yes, he did,” they answered.

 

20 David got up off the floor; he took a bath, combed his hair, and dressed. He went into the Lord’s tent and worshiped, then he went back home. David asked for something to eat, and when his servants brought him some food, he ate it.

 

21 His officials said, “What are you doing? You went without eating and cried for your son while he was alive! But now that he’s dead, you’re up and eating.”

 

22 David answered:

 

While he was still alive, I went without food and cried because there was still hope. I said to myself, “Who knows? Maybe the Lord will have pity on me and let the child live.” 23 But now that he’s dead, why should I go without eating? I can’t bring him back! Someday I will join him in death, but he can’t return to me.

 

The second time, David was sitting in his court presiding over cases when a woman from Tekoa appeared out of nowhere armed with a story

 

14 Joab son of Zeruiah knew that the king’s heart longed for Absalom. 2 So Joab sent someone to Tekoa and had a wise woman brought from there. He said to her, “Pretend you are in mourning. Dress in mourning clothes, and don’t use any cosmetic lotions. Act like a woman who has spent many days grieving for the dead. 3 Then go to the king and speak these words to him.” And Joab put the words in her mouth.

 

4 When the woman from Tekoa went[a] to the king, she fell with her face to the ground to pay him honor, and she said, “Help me, Your Majesty!”

 

5 The king asked her, “What is troubling you?”

 

She said, “I am a widow; my husband is dead. 6 I your servant had two sons. They got into a fight with each other in the field, and no one was there to separate them. One struck the other and killed him. 7 Now the whole clan has risen up against your servant; they say, ‘Hand over the one who struck his brother down, so that we may put him to death for the life of his brother whom he killed; then we will get rid of the heir as well.’ They would put out the only burning coal I have left, leaving my husband neither name nor descendant on the face of the earth.”

 

8 The king said to the woman, “Go home, and I will issue an order in your behalf.”

 

9 But the woman from Tekoa said to him, “Let my lord the king pardon me and my family, and let the king and his throne be without guilt.”

 

10 The king replied, “If anyone says anything to you, bring them to me, and they will not bother you again.”

 

11 She said, “Then let the king invoke the Lord his God to prevent the avenger of blood from adding to the destruction, so that my son will not be destroyed.”

 

“As surely as the Lord lives,” he said, “not one hair of your son’s head will fall to the ground.”

 

12 Then the woman said, “Let your servant speak a word to my lord the king.”

 

“Speak,” he replied.

 

13 The woman said, “Why then have you devised a thing like this against the people of God? When the king says this, does he not convict himself, for the king has not brought back his banished son? 14 Like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be recovered, so we must die. But that is not what God desires; rather, he devises ways so that a banished person does not remain banished from him.

 

15 “And now I have come to say this to my lord the king because the people have made me afraid. Your servant thought, ‘I will speak to the king; perhaps he will grant his servant’s request. 16 Perhaps the king will agree to deliver his servant from the hand of the man who is trying to cut off both me and my son from God’s inheritance.’

 

17 “And now your servant says, ‘May the word of my lord the king secure my inheritance, for my lord the king is like an angel of God in discerning good and evil. May the Lord your God be with you.’”

 

18 Then the king said to the woman, “Don’t keep from me the answer to what I am going to ask you.”

 

“Let my lord the king speak,” the woman said.

 

19 The king asked, “Isn’t the hand of Joab with you in all this?”

 

The woman answered, “As surely as you live, my lord the king, no one can turn to the right or to the left from anything my lord the king says. Yes, it was your servant Joab who instructed me to do this and who put all these words into the mouth of your servant. 20 Your servant Joab did this to change the present situation. My lord has wisdom like that of an angel of God—he knows everything that happens in the land.”

 

21 The king said to Joab, “Very well, I will do it. Go, bring back the young man Absalom.”

 

22 Joab fell with his face to the ground to pay him honor, and he blessed the king. Joab said, “Today your servant knows that he has found favor in your eyes, my lord the king, because the king has granted his servant’s request.”

 

23 Then Joab went to Geshur and brought Absalom back to Jerusalem. 24 But the king said, “He must go to his own house; he must not see my face.” So Absalom went to his own house and did not see the face of the king.

 

Again, King David fell for it

 

In my walk with the Lord I have found that one of the most effective mirrors you can use to reflect people’s image back to them is the use of analogies.

 

Often time, you will notice that people are harsher in judging others of the same offence they committed which they are not willing to judge or punish themselves for in any way

 

This double standard which we all apply to ourselves is one of the reasons claiming we are following the law or any moral code is all shades of wrong

 

The only way God can indeed be fair to all is to remove our sins in one day and grant us all amnesty once and for all

 

That way we can have a fresh start as new creatures with old things all gone and forgiven and all things becoming new

 

I was having a discussion with a “friend” some months ago; her husband was cheating with a young lady who is an undergraduate, she came to report to me heaping curses upon this lady while I laughed my heart out

 

I then reminded her that she was once in the lady’s shoes when she was in the University while sleeping with another woman’s husband as a side chick

 

She said, “That was then, God does not remember my sins of the past and surely he does not punish me for anything I did wrong in the past now that I am in Christ”

 

She was right

 

It was neither God nor Karma, it was just one of those things that happens in the cycle of life

 

I still however insisted that she had no right heaping curses on anybody, she can however have a conversation with her husband and address the issue squarely….

 

-GSW-

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