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15th September 2023

A Sad Story


The thing that David had done displeased the Lord.

2 Samuel 11:27




Painfully, the evil that has long been swept under the rug—sexual abuse of many women by men who had power over them, has come to light, and is being openly talked about.


King David faced his reckoning. Samuel tells us that one afternoon, David “saw a woman bathing” (2 Samuel 11:2). And David wanted her. Though Bathsheba was the wife of one his loyal soldiers (Uriah), David took her anyway. When Bathsheba told David she was pregnant, he panicked. And in a despicable act of treachery, David arranged for Joab to have Uriah die on the battlefield.


There is no hiding David’s abuse of power against Bathsheba and Uriah. Here it is in full colour, Samuel ensuring we see it. We must deal with our evil.


Also, we must hear these stories because they caution us against the abuse of power in our times. This was David, “a man after (God’s) own heart” (Acts 13:22), but also a man who needed to be held accountable for his actions and sins. May we also prayerfully hold leaders accountable for how they use or abuse power. We should never be happy with injustice and immoral behaviour.


By God’s grace, redemption is possible. If we read further, we encounter David’s profound repentance (2 Samuel 12:13). Thankfully, hard hearts can still turn from death to life. Bible Reading

2 Samuel 11:2-15.

Prayer

Dear Lord God, there is so much hurt and brokenness in the world. Father, shine Your light and heal the hurt and brokenness of all those who call upon Your name, I pray this In Jesus name. Amen.














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