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Week 5: Epithet: Uriah’s Wife - Day 4
2 Samuel 12
You were taught, with regard to your former way of life to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires, to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness (Ephesians 4:22-24 NIV).
Thus far in our study of David, we’ve learned more about what not to do, than what to do. As the phrase goes, ‘‘Do what I say, not what I do.’’ Today David redeems himself. He is far from perfect; it’s not too difficult to arrive at that conclusion. That said, what he does with his imperfection demands our respect and attention.
I don’t know about you, but ‘‘I’m sorry’’ can be the hardest two words to say in the English language. I’m not sure there is one person who takes pleasure in letting this little phrase roll off their tongues or who honestly enjoys admitting their wrongs. It’s just not who we are. The truth is nothing can be more of a catalyst for positive change than a heartfelt apology-one in which we sacrifice our dignity on the altar of unadulterated vulnerability. This, my dear sisters, is exactly what David does.
Let’s skip over a few verses. We will return to them shortly. Read 2 Samuel 12:13, and fill in the blanks. ‘‘Then David _____________________________________ to Nathan, ‘‘I have sinned against the ___________________________’’ (2 Samuel 12:13a NLT).
No excuses. No justifications. He just comes right out and says it he was wrong. He realizes there is no one he’s hurt more than God Himself. You have to admire the guy.
For most of us there’s always a ‘‘but’’ involved. We might say or think ‘‘I’m sorry, but I’d really rather not bear the full load of fault. I’d rather distribute it on others I feel deserve some amount of blame, even if I know deep down that the only real person at fault is me, myself, and I.’’
Can you identify? Do you ever find it hard to say, ‘‘I’m sorry’’? Is there a specific instance that comes to your mind?
?Take a moment and turn to Psalm 51. You’ll never read a more heartfelt apology than the one penned by David here. Read through it and answer the following question. Are there any verses in particular that stand out to you? How so?
Fill in the following blank from the remainder of verse 13. Nathan replied, ‘‘Yes, but the Lord has _________________________ you, and you won’t die for this sin’’ (2 Samuel 12:13b NLT).
As quickly as David is to admit wrong, God is even quicker to forgive. Numbers 14:18 tells ...
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