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Bathsheba Lesson 6 - But If Not...

God created everything so perfectly and beautifully in this world. My favorites have to be sunsets and wildflowers. They are evidence to me of His creativeness, excellence, sovereignty, faithfulness, and love. What about you?

Unfortunately, we know how things turned away from His perfection within the first generation of human life here. We just had to have our way, so sin entered the world.  Every generation following this scapegoat couple has repeated the same broken behavior communicating to God that His plan and gifts just aren’t enough for us.

Yet, God is so merciful to allow us to continue to exist and to give up His only Son for us in order to make a way for us to be restored back to Him.  This salvation gift is free, and His promise of eternal life gives us hope beyond what we experience today.  

But messy life on earth continues, and consequences for our behavior are part of how we have chosen to live. I say “we” because we are all part of this messed-upness {it’s a word!?} contributing with our own sin.  God forgives through the blood of Christ Jesus, but He doesn’t allow sin to go undisciplined... a hard thing to understand when the consequences are painful those those who seem innocent to the sin.  In the words of Joseph from the first book of the Bible,

“You planned evil against me; God planned it for good to bring about the present result...” Genesis 50:20.

No evil intent, action, wound, tragedy, loss, etc. is ever for nothing. What our enemy intends for harm, God will always use for His good.

Read 2 Samuel 12:15-25.

1.  What tragedy struck the child of David and Bathsheba?

2.  What was David’s response before and after this occurred?

3.  Why do you think David was able to worship the Lord following such a tragedy?

4.  What gift did God bless David and Bathsheba with?

5.  Read 1 Kings 3:7-14.  Who was Solomon?  What was significant about him?

Girls, I HATE that we have to face consequences for sin.  This pain is part of being human because we don’t live forever, and pain that’s caused by the sinful actions of others seems especially devastating.  Things like abortion, fatalities from drunk driving accidents, school shootings, children wrecked by abuse, you name it... tragic.  But God.  He will not let human choices defeat His plan to redeem mankind.  He is still good.

CONNECT:  Name a time in your life when you have experienced tragedy and pain because of your sin or that of someone else.  Although it’s sometimes hard to see when you are especially close to this experience, see if you can describe how God has used it for good in at least some small way.

The ripples from this tragedy go on forever to generations you will never live to see, to hearts you don’t know were impacted, and to souls you won’t meet until heaven.  There is a day of grand celebration coming soon!!!  We will stand with Jesus and see His perfect plan unfolded before us!  Until then, we trust and do the next right thing that He reveals to us.  Oh my soul, be still and know that He is God.

 

TRUTHS FOR TODAY:

“Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter.  If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us[c] from Your Majesty’s hand.  But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.

- Daniel 3:16-18 

“Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. GOD, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer's; he makes me tread on my high places. To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments.”

- Habakkuk 3:17-19

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns. The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Come, behold the works of the LORD, how he has brought desolations on the earth. He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the chariots with fire. ‘Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!’”

- Psalm 46:1-10


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