Friday, February 26, 2010
David's dream would come true. His son, Solomon would carry out the construction. Solomon, the son of David and Bathsheba. David lived a long full life with riches and honor. God's grace is sufficient, isn't it!
I hope you have enjoyed this study! :)
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Solomon was conceived. . . as soon as King David went in to comfort Bathsheba due to the loss of their child. What else is notable (I read a little more than the required verses) was how David handled the entire situation. God told David what his sin with Bathsheba would cost, yet David fasted...on the floor...with his aids standing around him...for seven days. Upon hearing the baby was dead, the aides were afraid to tell King David. They were afraid he wouldn't handle the news very well. Yet, the King heard them murmuring and asked if the baby had died. When they told him this was so, he rose up from the floor and washed, anointed himself, changed clothes and went to the house of the Lord and WORSHIPPED HIM! Then he went home to eat..then he comforted Bathsheba.
When I read this, I saw David in a new light. He really loved God with all his might. David knew God took his child because of his sin with Bathsheba. Yet, David prayed in hopes the Lord would lessen the blow and spare his child. When God's answer was no, ....David WORSHIPPED HIM! I have been amazed with how Paul and Silas worshipped the Lord after they were beaten half to death for telling the gospel (persecuted for the sake of God) yet King David worshipped the Lord after God's righteous judgement; the large cost of loosing his child. I am amazed and in awe! (Now that I've side tracked, hahaha)
Then we read how God promised David he would have a son (Solomon)) long before he even sinned with Bathsheba. Solomon was the link from David to the promised Messiah! Is this a huge picture of grace, or what! This week I was able to share how deep and wonderful grace really is with a dear friend. This family is struggling with a huge loss and wondering about the consequences of sin; yet there is always hope with God. Where sin abounds, grace abounds even more...isn't that just awesome?!
As if this wasn't enough for one lesson, we also see the desire of David's heart passed on to his son, Solomon. David wanted to build a house for the Lord. He made the preparations for Solomon to carry out this desire. God told David it had to be this way; David shed so much blood on the earth, he wasn't allowed to do this for God. Yet, David gathered the materials and bought the land it was to be built upon. It was to be build in Jerusalem, on Mount Moriah, where the Lord appeared to David, at the the place David bought the threshing floor for 50 shekels of silver. Wow, oh WOW!
Tell me, what ahh-haa did you have with this lesson. I would love to hear from you...
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Then...the threshing floor...a place where the wheat and the chaff are separated...in Jerusalem...is bought by David for 50 shekels of silver.
One note I have is that sin always comes with a price (it costs more than we want to pay). Yet, the Lord our God wants us to remain separate from the world. His expectations are high and they are worth it. We deserve absolutely nothing, yet again and again He is willing to forgive.
What was your "ahh-haa" moment?
Monday, February 22, 2010
Sunday, February 21, 2010
King David found himself at the crossroads. Apparently, he thought he was alone and no one saw which path he took. As we know, that isn't the case; God knows and that's what is ultimately the most important.
I wonder if the fear of God might keep some running away from him to try and avoid the wages of sin. Running away never works, get back on the right path!
Friday, February 19, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Sometimes, it isn't just "hanging" onto the promises of God but it's clinging to the promises of God. Remember we have to: a) get past our devastation b)return to whole hearted obedience, c) and have the courage to see God fulfill His promises.
The courage to receive His promises! Wow! This week, a dear woman shared with me that "adversity is entrusted to those God allows it be be given" and that we need to learn to "steward your adversity". God chose Joseph before his brothers sold him into slavery and before he was unjustly put in prison. He was preparing Joseph for a greater purpose, to save his family, his people, and others from a severe famine.
God chose David, while he was yet a shepard boy. David was unjustly despised by Saul, by Saul's daughter (David's wife), yet he was chosen by God to fulfill a purpose. Sometime we don't know the "rest of the story" but we know our God and we know He will fulfill His promises.
"And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her by the Lord." Luke 1:45 NAS
This week has been empowering, yet it has been a lot to swallow. I'd love to hear what you've gleamed from our study this week.
Monday, February 8, 2010
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to really praise God? To really do something for Him that might make you look different? After one of our studies, a few of us stayed late and talked about this very thing. Dean Knapp mentioned that we need to risk looking "foolish to the world". That first step must be the hardest...Michael O'Brien sings a song, "Give Me Some Room". This song explains how he felt when he first opened up and praised God without fear of wondering who might say something in the quiet Baptist Church he grew up in. During his big moment of praise he accidentally slugged his wife who was standing next to him. lol Thus he wrote the song...
There are other ways one might fear looking foolish. For me, it was starting a Bible Study. My heart desired to grow more, I began going to conferences instead of beginning a Bible Study. I told friends that it was on my mind and I thought God was leading me that way; yet the first step was hard. I am so glad God made that first step possible. I've grown so much with our group.
What do you want to do but worry others may think it looks crazy? Sing in the choir, lead praise and worship, start a church library, work with the youth...?
28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. 29 For our God is a consuming fire.
Part of our lesson asked us to read 2 Samuel 6:1-12 and find "Who God is" and to define how we know who He is. I found that he is a God that demands reverence; He anger burned against Uzzah for irreverence. And He is a God who blesses. I like how our text puts it, God is not harsh. He is HOLY.
In Jeremiah 7:23-34 God tells His people to obey His voice, walk in His ways and He will be our God, we will be His people and it will be well with us. Yet, instead they walk in their own way; going backward rather than forward.
In tough times, do you base faith on what God does/doesn't do or is it based on Who He is and Whose you are?
What did you discover about God today?
Sunday, February 7, 2010
We learned soooo much tonight. Beth Moore shared with us "If faith is God doing what I tell Him to do, then we are in trouble. We've got to return to whole hearted obedience. Joy is coming." "God is making Soverign decisions..."
Overall, what did you learn from week 3's lessons or from the video? Let's share and grow together!
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Monday, February 1, 2010
This lesson brought back some memories I don't like to bring up. The pain is still fresh in my heart and mind as I read through some of the questions in our homework. Scared, yet excited we had no idea what was about to happen. My hip replacement was just the beginning of a long journey of pain. The day after I got home, Evie was ill. Unable to take care of her because of my surgery, I had to leave most of her care up to Dad. He took her to the Dr. and later to the hospital. He rode with her in the ambulance to another hospital; he held her in bed as she cried. He prayed by her bedside and begged me not to come because he worried about my hip. He gave her all he had...and later suffered from a severe case of shingles. The Dr's said it was the worst case they had ever seen.
Through the help of a friend, I came through the anger and disappointment with "My God". I realized He knew my pain; after all He watched his Son die. He knew my pain...He heard my prayers, He knew what was best for us all...
This is still really hard for me to talk about. How about you? Did this lesson bring back a time in your life where you might have been angry or fearful of God?
Place your curser on the > located in the middle of the picture and click. I hope this song speaks to your heart like it does mine.
Let the words of Christ form in you the will of Christ and may you grow exponentially in receiving what you ask. Taken from Beth Moore at Deeper Still