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We have been meeting in person for a while now, and we would love for you to join us if you feel comfortable doing so. When we meet in person, we share our joys and concerns. You can share your prayer requests as a comment to this post. When you are ready to get started, you can use the prayer below.
Give us, O God, the vision which can see Your love in the world in spite of human failure.
Give us the faith to trust Your goodness in spite of our ignorance and weakness.
Give us the knowledge that we may continue to pray with understanding hearts.
And show us what each one of us can do to set forward the coming of the day of universal peace.
This week's lesson is on 2 Samuel 12:1-9, 13-15.
The story of King Davie and Bathsheba is one we are familiar with. She is pregnant with David’s child. David tries to persuade her husband to take time to be with his wife, Uriah is so loyal to his King that he refuses. David goes to plan B. He sends Uriah to the front lines where he is killed. David then marries the widow Bathsheba. God is not pleased and sends the prophet Nathan to confront David. Nathan is fearful that the Lord is sending him on a potentially suicidal mission. He delivers his news in the form of a parable. The story of how a rich man takes unfair advantage of a poor man infuriates David. The punishment that David recommends is the penalty for stealing a sheep recorded in Exodus 22:1. Nathan then says to David,”YOU ARE THE MAN!”
Scripture tells us that God holds humans accountable. Sin must be confronted, especially when committed by those in powerful positions. David took a wife who was not his to take. David offered no excuse, he confessed. Confession allows the heart to once again be fully devoted to the Lord. The path to forgiveness for David and for us can be found in 1 John 1:9. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
David’s story warns us that sins have consequences in others’ lives. The baby died. It also warns us that: Sins we ignore instead of confess harden our hearts to other sins, making us complicit in the wickedness of others.
Father, give us the boldness to speak truth to power and the humility to recognize our need for accountability. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen
Thought to Remember
Confess your sins and turn to the Lord.
Next week's lesson will be on Ezra 7:1-10, 23-26.
We are a small, rural Presbyterian church in southwestern Pennsylvania.