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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Despising God is the Root of Sin

2 Samuel 12:10 "Now 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.’"

God is revealing the root of sin here.  Lust?  No.  Despising God?  Yes.  What causes a person to get to the place of despising God?  God speaks to David of the many times He has blessed David and reveals a heart that was willing to bless him even more.  So we do not despise God due to a lack of temporary blessings in this life.  David had already acquired multiple wives which kings were warned not to do.  (Deut. 17:17 And he shall not acquire many wives for himself, lest his heart turn away, nor shall he acquire for himself excessive silver and gold.)  Was this the beginning of "despising God"?  Did David see this "rule" as too limiting and did he begin to shift his focus from God to man?  Despising starts in the heart.  Despising says, "God does not know best."  "His rules are too narrow and hard."  "I knew that you were a hard man..." the wicked man says in the parable and proceeds to hide the blessing of the king, and when the time is up, he simply returns the blessing to the king, unused, and that servant is greatly condemned for this, the root seems to me to be not truly knowing the heart of God.

And now I turn to the people of God and I say, We have been given the ministry of reconciliation, we serve a Shepherd who carries the hurting sheep, who is gentle with the dimly burning wick and the bruised reed, who lays down His life for His enemies.  This is the way of reconciliation.  We are to display with our lives the beautiful love of the Father.  We are to make Him known.  When we despise Him and display that despising by making it appear that His commands are too narrow and His blessings too few, we "witness" to lies about His Name and character.  2 Sam. 12:14 However, because by this deed you have given occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme, the child also that is born to you shall surely die.”  God does not bring death lightly, He shows great mercy by allowing David to live, but the child that was the result of this sin, dies.  What we sow from a place of despising God must be cut off, if God were to allow it to prosper, we would continue in our error.  Can we see the tremendous mercy in cutting off such fruit?  Can we see the love behind the pruning?  Can we come to a place of desiring the glory of God above all else?  Can we be so in love with Him that that love compels us to stop before giving the enemies of God reason and occasion to blaspheme?

If we are to truly take up the high call of the ministry of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18) we must know the heart of God.  In order to be His ambassador and operate in His authority we must know the Lamb of God.  Lead on, Oh Faithful Savior, Save us to the uttermost!

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