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September 22, 2022 1:00 am
Knowingly sinning will inevitably lead to destruction. King David’s lust led to a devious lie, a man’s murder, and a child’s death. In this message, we take four lessons about our passions to heart. Though the consequences can’t be changed, there is more grace in God’s heart.
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Morris looking to Jesus. Life is full of choices that determine our destiny knowingly sinning will inevitably lead to destruction as it did for David Kings lost to murder into a child's death today more of the high price of sexual immorality as we review the story of David and Bathsheba from the church in Chicago this morning to with Dr. Erwin Luzerne was clear. Teaching helps us make it across the finish line 2nd Samuel chapter 11 learning about passions and conflict vasculature. David covered his tracks well, except for one thing, yes, of course, David tried to cover his sin as many people do, and he was able to get by, supposedly, but later on he's going to confess there was one thing he could not get away from God. New. That's why think the Bible says in the book of Proverbs, he who covers his sin shall not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes his sin shall receive mercy and eventually David did receive mercy because of God's faithfulness and forgiveness. I've written a book entitled, growing true conflict lessons from the life of David we make these resources available, believing that they will be a great blessing and a help to you for your gift of any amount. This book can be yours. Go to RTW offer.com or call us at 1-888-218-9337 and now let us listen as we learn from Dave at the high cost of sending David is his living but I remember he struggled with attempting he says in verse five. His anger burned against the man and he said to Nathan as the Lord lives.
Surely the man was done.
This deserves to while stiff deeper still. The lamplight site and Nathan says two words today that in Hebrew, each man application and the David saw the point. It was remarkable is to think that sin so blinds the mind and the heart and the perception that David wanted Nathan to get a more difficult time, to a man who had stolen a lamb into David who had stolen a wife is amazing and killed her husband in order to cover it up. You talk about some good psychological information here regarding human nature, we will do anything to make ourselves look good when we are involved in secret sin, we will lie in the reason that we live is because we committed a greater sin, telling a lie is a lesser one. We will do anything that we possibly can to cover it up. You come armed with all possibilities and a pack of lies to be told it the right moment to make ourselves look good.
That's the way we are and that's the way David was. Nathan said David if you and then he goes on to say, thus says the Lord God of Israel it is I who have anointed you king over Israel. It is I who delivered you from the hand of Saul. I gave you your master's house, and your master's wives into your care.
I gave you the house of Israel and Judah had been too little, I would've added to you many more things like the why this is the word of the Lord by doing evil and it's like you've struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword. None of his business. The same lie didn't do it, you know, people die in battle bubble blah blah blah blah know you get and you have taken her to be your wife and have killed him with the sword of the sons of your guilty David, the blood is on your hands. Don't don't try to get now, therefore, the sword shall never depart from your house because you have despised me. You have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife thus says the Lord.
Behold, I will raise up evil against you from your own household. I will even take your wives before your eyes and give them to your companion, and he shall live with your wives and daylight. You did it secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel under this David to his credit, said I have sinned against the Lord. And Nathan says well the Lord has taken away your sin, because this by this deed you have given occasion to the enemies of the Lord, to blaspheme the child also is born to you shall die. End of sermon and of response. The invitation was given.
David said I sent sword will never depart from your family.
David, four sons will die this one. Amnon also Adonijah, and of course Absalom four times it's as if his prediction that the man with a lamb should pay fourfold mandala done this deed, the rich man it's it's as if God is saying you're the one that's going to pay fourfold your wives to be publicly humiliated and of course his own son Absalom did that and in the next message were to show what a terrible father. David was and how he was totally morally paralyzed, unable to get his father guidance. Because of this incident because they could say dad, who are you to talk for you.
God says this is what's going to happen, but I'd like to do the time that I still have which I shall take whatever I have it or not is to give you for lessons that grow out of this passage of Scripture for lesson what you and I need burned upon our hearts to give the first one I think number four is probably the most important but all of our important and their implications. Number one. Anyone can commit sexual sin. Anyone David did it. Missionaries can do it*can do it Sunday school teachers old people, young people, we are all vulnerable were all vulnerable. We are all part of fallen humanity.
We all have those explosive desires which can explode and therefore he that think if the standard take heed lest he fall.
When we had some rather high profile ministers televangelists years ago involved in sexual immorality, sometimes in discussion I heard things that just pierced my heart as people what's able. How could he do that.
How could he do it. He too is a human being.
We are all creatures of deception. We are all subject to the wiles of the devil and our desires that anyone can do it. That's why the Bible says keep your heart with all diligence for out of it are the issues of life because you see it is from the heart. Jesus said to proceed evil thoughts, adultery, fornication, peps, covetousness, and it is also true that the more we play with that particular aspect of our personality and lives, the more possible it is for that match to be thrown into the can of kerosene's anyone, anyone can take heed, take heed. Secondly, in sexual sin. We are the losers were involved in that.
But God is also God is also a loser so you know we have to reread this passage you see. First of all that God is personally the loser because it grieves them so much. Look at what he said to David in verse eight I gave your masters I gave you wives into your care. I gave you the house of Israel and Judah. And if that had not been enough. I did even give you lower David was sinned against a lot of blessing sexual sin is often committed with a fist in God's face against incredible blessing.
Good churches good Sunday school teachers go to home good instruction.
God's as I take this personally and even if this whole tragedy had not been exposed fact is that he is grieved he is greedy.
We grieve the Spirit to say but also God does suffers not only personally but often times not always, but oftentimes he suffers publicly, said David, you know you made me a scandal among the pagans because news spreads they didn't have the paparazzi in those days, but had their own version of it because somehow the pagans heard about David and his sin had their own communication network and so and so what happens is David is a bad witness and you know what the pagans are saying they're saying know the guy, the king of Israel. He represents Gallic to look at him is doing the same thing we are and it's interesting that God doesn't help David with the cover-up seat.
We old by nature like to cover our sin and God likes to expose it and let me tell you why is because God is willing to run his own reputation among pagans to bring a man to repent.
That's what and so while were covering it up. We can't really expect God to help because he's in the process of exposing he's in the process of bringing about honesty. He's in the process of helping us deal with integrity regarding our failures and sins. He who covers his sins shall not prosper, but he that confesses or forsakes his sin and forsakes his sin, he shall receive mercy. You see, very interesting, very interesting.
If I knew how many people there who are listening to this message either in this auditorium on the radio.
Whatever who are even as I speak right now involved in a sinful relationship interesting fact is that even if it is secret. God honestly God is great. You lose, but so does God. So that's the second lesson that we learn from here and by the way, I might say, parenthetically, how good was David in his cover-up anyway. It was an amazing blunder. David is famous today because of this, people who don't know anything about David they never open the Bible, they know they know that David and Bathsheba are two names that go together there anything else about can't quote any of the Psalms. He wrote, but they do know about that cheap stainless around the world multiplied millions throughout all generations have known the Davidson bad job site. 1/3 lesson even forgiven Sam has consequences even forgiven sin's consequences. You'll notice that the text says that I have sinned against the Lord. Verse 13 and the Lord also Nathan is speaking now the Lord has taken away your sin Lord is taken away your sin and that doesn't mean now that the consequences that no longer there.
I mean the kids the four sons are going to die. David is to lose its moral authority in the family is wives are going to be laughing behind his back and whispering in anger over this adulterous relationship. They tried to cover.
I mean I mean there. There's no way that you can gather that together and that you can't pray like the teenager did Lord I pray that this accident might not have happened. Fact is, there is but he is forget is forget you see the reason that consequences. A theologian sometimes referred to this I believe is the governmental consequences of sin that is a natural response when you hit a series of dominoes and do not understand their interrelationships and suddenly you hit this series of dominoes and it goes in ways and places that you could never possibly have predicted those of the governmental consequences of sin and the reason is because we always so what we reap.
I think David reached more than he deserved. Frankly, when you see the disaster that you always reap in a different season than you so and that's the deception because you see you put the seeds in the ground you come back the next day and say we took their idea looks that way, but come back in a month or two, or in 20 years friend of mine who committed adultery with the woman whom he loved, said he said well you know David had to pay his consequences, but at least he had his Bathsheba to quote the quote you yet of the sheep, but pay the cost was incredibly unbelievably high and that man who told me that 10 years ago. He's paying his dues to he's paying his dues to I think he's rethought that remark for many times so even forgiven sin as its consequences. But you know, of course, but I can't leave this message here because number four is simply this, the confession restores you to God, confession restores, you got it may not take care of all of the consequences, but there is such a thing as restoration.
There is such a thing is an honest acknowledgment and confession which restores us to God and now listen up. Those of you who have a sexual past and you still struggle over its guilt. Listen carefully.
There are many people who need to be told that there is such a thing as receiving the peace of God and the joy of God and the forgiveness of God, even if the consequences continue see many people are saying will you know I want God to to clean up all the consequences and then I can receive the joy of the Lord that may or may not ever happen. I hope to be very clear look at David he spells out his heart in Psalm 51 which is a Psalm I frequently have quoted from this pulpit, so I shall not do it today, except possibly the first few verses when he says, oh God, have mercy upon me according to thy lovingkindness's, according to the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions, wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. But here's the point. He says restore to me the joy of thy salvation and David gets the joy back. Even though the purity of Bathsheba can never be restored and even though Uriah can never be brought back to life.
In other words, independently of those consequences.
David says I can be restored to joy. Even though the consequences continue.
I can be back with hot be back with God, and I need to emphasize the fact that there is such a thing as repenting and then receiving God's forgiveness yesterday. I was on the telephone on two occasions with a friend of mine whose daughter is really seriously messed up. Seriously, sexual immorality, and some other things and he said she has spent the entire summer in our basement crying repenting well.
I told him you know it's time that that lady accepted God's forgiveness and receive his joy is a time to repent, to be sure, but there's also a time to say look created a mess. The consequences of which are just going to keep going on.
Boom boom boom boom but I can't control those consequences that I can do is I can be restored to God and I can again receive the joy of my salvation.
Psalm 32 is David's response to God's forgiveness is is how blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, and whose sin is covered. How blessed is the man onto whom the Lord impute if not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit seal that covering up pieces when I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away through my groanings all day long for day and night by hand was heavy upon me. My vitality was drained away. As with the fever, summer he said I was thinking about my sin all the time no matter who came to see me. I always wondered whether or not he knew, I felt as if people's eyes could see right clean through me and they knew the truth, whether or not they did. The way David felt that I acknowledged my sin to the my iniquity.
I did not hide. I came clean and out is forgive the guilt of my sin and what does he say now, he says, thou art my hiding place without us compassed me around with songs of deliverance at David says my joy is back family in disarray, but Shiva, his wife, Uriah dead but David says my joy is back using God's guidance is back.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you shall go, I will counsel you with my eye upon you is back. David says that he says love is back.
He who trusts in the Lord. Lovingkindness shall surround him about. There is a time to repent. But there's also a time to receive that forgiveness to forsake the sin and to be cleansed and to say look, I have created a mess by all that I can do is give the message to God and be cleansed and forgiven and be restored. And that's the message that David has for us today. There is the mess up.
As the cover-up.
But there's also the cleanup and it's you being cleaned. The presence of the living God and the bottom line if you're looking for.
One is that I don't know what you have done no pretty messy lives that you come across in this world and if your life is like that. All that I can say is, at least you're in the right place because that's what the gospel and that's what the grace of God is all about.
That's the message that we preach to a broken.
So if you're broken. You've come to the right church and you've come to hear the rights of because God makes broken people but the bottom line is that there is more grace in God's heart. Then there is sin in your past, God says David, I want to restore you. I want you to be able to sing and I want you to be able to write some soul again. I want you to be able to look into my eyes, so that we might be able to have fellowship together so that we can walk together through the fields like we used to do when you were a shepherd boy David that's where I'm at and that's where you can be. Despite the fact that you really really messed up Psalm in Psalm 32. Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous ones and shout for joy, all you who are upright apart. Some of you have confessed your sins many many times you have no freedom because of the sense of condemnation. It's time that you accepted the joy of the Lord, the cleansing of the Lord. The guidance of the Lord in the love of the Lord because there is such a thing as forgiveness and restoration. Even now, consequences can't be changed, and so that's the message and so I ask you what is it that God is saying to you today. If you've never been involved in sexual sin.
Stay away, stay away if you have there is such a thing as secondary spiritual virginity were God restores stores, makes them whole pure again.
That's the good news of the gospel, this is Pastor Luther I'm hurrying to the end of David's life but I can't help but share with you some very good news in the midst of David's sin, the destruction of his family. The dissolution of his kingdom. Everything that happened as a result of his sin. Still, there was so much grace, strictly speaking, David should've never married Bathsheba, but he does marry her and the Bible says that they have a son by the name of Solomon and the Lord says I love him and he becomes a great king, no matter where you are today, God's grace is able to reach you. I've written a book entitled, growing through conflict lessons from the life of David because I want to see both the consequences of sin and also the wonders of God's grace and David's life spans all of the emotions.
All of the failures. All of the successes. All of the disappointments and the hope that you and I experience. Here's how you can get a copy. You can go to RTW offer.com that's RTW offer.com or you can call us at 1-888-218-9337 now. If you are like I am sometimes you hear information and you don't have a pencil handy so I'm giving you time so that you can write this down. You go to RTW offer.com. As you might guess RTW offers all one word RTW offer.com or you can pick up the phone right now and Cole 1-888-218-9337 thanks in advance for helping us. It is because of people like you through your prayers through your contributions that we are helping people make it all the way to the finish line. You can write to us running to win 1635 N. LaSalle Boulevard Chicago, IL 60614 one looser including passions and conflict a message in a series on growing through conflict studying in the life of King David.
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