Mar 26, 2012

Monday SHINE....

Today's Reading: 2 Samuel 14

Happy Monday, sweet SHINE girls!

Our reading these last few weeks has been better than any novel or soap opera I've ever come across.

It's full of ups and downs and turns and twists. Eerily similar to our lives, is it not?

Okay, maybe our lives are not quite as dramatic as David's, but we can sure relate to David's sin struggle.

Let's just name a few things that David has struggled with and is still struggling with just to make this clear:
  • Pride
  • Denial
  • Lust
  • Adultery
  • Rape
  • Murder
  • Lying
  • Anger
  • Covering up sin-- his and his son's. (Amnon's raping of Tamar)
Let's break the story down real quick:

David can't sleep one night. He wakes up and takes a walk on his terrace and sees a beautiful woman, named Bathsheba, bathing. He then summons her to his room. He then sleeps with her.

 Umm, I kind of think she was raped. I mean do you think she had a choice? He was, in fact, King David.

The Bible does not say clearly state that it was rape, but really, it pretty much was. Bathsheba was married to Uriah. David had no business with her. None. Zero.

David could have access to any woman in the whole kingdom--and he chose a forbidden fruit.  Sound a little familiar? (eve and the apple in the garden of Eden?)

David feels guilty but he has Uriah killed to make sure his little indiscretion is covered. Okay, wait a minute, what happened to the David from 1 Samuel? The brave, courageous warrior that killed the big, ugly giant?

Hello? Where did HE go?

Nathan then warns David that his blood line will pay for his sins. Uh-oh.

Now we have come to the part where that warning is unfolding. David's oldest son, Amnon, lusts after his very own sister, Tamar. (gross.)

He burns so badly with lust that he pretends like he is sick and has her summoned alone to his bedside.

He then rapes her. She was a virgin.

(do you see the resemblance in his behavior to his father, David's??)

She is horrified and humiliated. She offers him the chance to make it right by marrying her. He refuses.

Tamar is basically a desolate woman for the rest of her life. Yes, Amnon is a major jerk.

Absalom, Tamar's brother, is furious with what Amnon did to Tamar. So, he has Amnon killed.

Uh-oh, more trouble on the home front for David. Absalom flees to the hills because he doesn't want to face punishment.

David is left mourning for the next 3 years over the loss of his 2 oldest sons.

Are you seeing the punishment unfolding for David's sins? 

Today, we read of a well-concocted plan on behalf of Joab to get Absalom back into the kingdom. It worked. Kind of. 

So, are we all caught up? Are you wondering how in the world David could have a heart like God's? How  could a man with all of this baggage and sin be referred to as having a heart like our Lord's?

I'm scratching my head too.

This is what I kind of think: God knows the condition of David's heart. He knows what we cannot see. 

In turn, God knows the condition of our hearts. We may think we have everyone else fooled, but we aren't fooling God. Not even for a second. Sobering thought, isn't it?

 “I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.” Jeremiah 17:10


As always, I have a story that relates to this very thing. God always likes to remind me as I am typing. :-)

Something happened this past weekend and my flesh got really pricked. Like, really, really pricked. I was just about to open my mouth and say something  (which wasn't nice--at all) and then my heart and the Holy Spirit stopped me.

(My heart doesn't always win though. My mouth conquers my little heart a lot of the time. This time, thankfully, it didn't.)

Oh, girls. My flesh was burning! It was ready to let loose and suffer the consequences.

However, not only did I close my mouth, but I prayed right then and there for forgiveness for even thinking those ugly thoughts. Yep, sure did. I asked God to cleanse my thoughts, and to help me replace that ugliness with pure thoughts.

He did. Immediately.

Listen closely, sweet girls.  Not one person would have ever known what I was thinking because I kept my mouth shut. But, keeping my mouth shut was just part of the discipline, girls. The second part was cleansing those thoughts with repentance to the Father and then praying for forgiveness for even letting my mind go there.

THIS, sweet girls, is how we get our hearts in the right condition.

God knows our hearts better than we do. He knows every single careless thought. He knows it all, girls.

What's going on in that pretty little heart of yours? Are we living a pretty good life on the outside, yet our hearts are full of filth and sin? If God opened up your heart this very second, what would He find?

It is a struggle, girls. Keeping ourselves pure from the inside out is hard. 

 However, the good news is that we have a heart-purifier. His name is Jesus Christ. He's ready to give that heart of yours a good spring cleaning. 


 

Will you let Him? Tell Him you are ready. Repent, and move on. He's got great plans for you, friend. You cannot even begin to imagine.

handing God the Brillo pad,

jill

 "Create in me a pure heart, O God,  and renew a steadfast spirit within me. " Psalm 51:10









8 comments:

conny said...

I am asking God now for His forgiveness and make my heart with pure thoughs and joy ...

Rebekah Hudgins Vepraskas said...

Create in me a clean heart, Oh God, and renew a right spirit within me. Ps. 51:10

Jill, I have sooooo been dealing with this. Thank you for the affirmation that it's ok to let God work on the real me.

I love you!
Bek

Terri Abbott said...

Good job Beka, me too for Psl 51:10. Bring it on.
Jill: I'm going to agree to disagree; I do NOT think Bathsheba was raped, she was on the roof bathing, I think she brought it on herself..... and wanted to be seen. And we also need to note that sin starts in our appetites that is planted in our mind, an idea, a thought. The enemy uses this as his vehicle - ...'For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.' 1 John 2:15-16 David fell in all of those at one time! Mercy!
And it's worth it to say that when sin starts with a small seed, as seen with all you list in David (above) it grows to an avalanche. It's tennacles get so spread that it's hard to reign it back or stop it.
Scarry! Have you ever all of a sudden been in a place or a perdicument and thought (for real) 'how did I get here'?
So yes, I receive also, as I have asked for a check on my mouth and been 'arrested' by the Holy Ghost at times, BUT I thank you for the leading to pray and ask forgiveness and for replacement in my mind with pure thoughts - to speak LIFE into situations. Lord, renew my mind as well as creating a clean heart and right spirit in ME! Thank you Jill, this is so speaking to all of us.

Jill Hill said...

yes, definitely an assumption on my part. i just don't think any girl could have/would have turned down the "king's" request. just my opinion though! :-)

love you, TA...so glad to have your priceless wisdom and input! <3

Anonymous said...

Father, clean my heart too. My mouth may not speak what I am thinking, but the Lord knows my thoughts. :( I am really going to try to put this into action today when those "thoughts" come. I guess I thought that by holding my tongue, that was good enough. There is more to it than that!

Anonymous said...

You sure got me curious on the Bathsheba and David thing! I have been googling it like crazy! :D I found this to be interesting, definitely a lot of opinions on this. Thank you for stirring my mind today!!! Guess we will have to ask God when we get to heaven what really happened! :D
http://www.devotionsfordevelopment.com/bathsheba.htm

Shelley L.

Women Who Pray said...

Hey, I really like the discussing!! Jill and Terri, you are responsible for Shelley and me going deeper! Good job!!

I really liked this link: http://www.case-studies.com/david1

This teacher discusses the way westerners (that's us) would look at this scripture, and even talks about how he also had in the past.

Then, like Beth Moore, and other Bible teachers who get down and study from the eastern perspective...or from the ancient perspective...

Now, that I see the two sides presented...both of you girls get an A from me...for an excellent debate.

Without more info, and because of all we know about Esther, his being king would have meant that she had not choice but to come when he called.

When you read the link, see what y'all think.

Regardless, Bathsheba did indeed have to bear through the pain of the loss of that baby because of the lust in David's heart.

There was redemption for her with Solomon, who built the temple that God asked David to build.

Jill, the story has been a wild adventure for sure. Much warning for people after God's own heart!...not to think we can't fall...if we take our eyes off Jesus.

Ashley Moon said...

good stuff, Jill.... words jumped up and slapped me. Love it :)