Thursday, June 17, 2010

Facing the consequences

Both individually and collective we all would like to ignore the fact that actions (both good and bad) have consequences. Sometimes these consequences last for generations...

This morning I read the depressing and chilling story of how David's Kingship of Israel starts to unravel following his adultery with Bathsheba and murder of Uriah. Nathan prophesies:
Why have you despised the word of the LORD, to do what is evil in his sight? You have struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and have taken his wife to be your wife and have killed him with the sword of the Ammonites.10Now therefore the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised me and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.' 11Thus says the LORD, 'Behold, I will raise up evil against you out of your own house. And I will take your wives before your eyes and give them to your neighbor, and he shall lie with your wives in the sight of this sun.

2 Samuel 12
It begins with David's son Amnon raping his sister Tamar, then there is Absalom's murder of his brother Amnon, Absalom's conspiracy, David's fleeing from Jerusalem, Absalom's death, .....

What we model to our children matters!

Yet in spite of all this sin and judgement, the LORD is incredibly gracious, does not abandon his people and works to ultimately redeem them from a Son of David, Jesus.

The painting is The Banquet of Absalom attributed to Bernardo Cavallino.

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