I used to believe that people were weird when they talked about being in a Netflix “show hole,” until I fell into one of my own! It’s a real thing! You can’t stop watching! And when you reach the last episode of the last season, you kind of mourn. It’s ridiculous and sad but true! This has a point... David’s story is like that to me. Just WAIT until today’s episode. And the crazy thing is, it all really happened!
Read 2 Samuel 13:1-39. I know it’s a lengthy passage, but you won’t notice.
How is this an example of generational sin?
How does the company we keep influence the choices we make? (consider Amnon’s friend)
How did Absalaom’s response to his brother’s sin lead to additional sin and pain?
How does the absence of a response from David passively condone the sin within his own family?
There are layers upon layers of wrong-doing here... Broken people hurting broken people. Overresponse to wrong-doing and underresponse to wrong-doing. I bet David NEVER imagined the fallout from his second glance at Bathsheba leading to this. Satan is cunning and uses our weak thoughts to create strong actions of distruction.
Notice the time frame mentioned here as well. How many years are passing by without the pain, anger and sin being properly dealt with? Does time really heal all wounds?
Resoundingly, I can answer no. Time does numb us from the initial pain, but time can also cause a wound to become so infected that it spreads to other parts of the body. Ignoring a wound leads only to more damage. Only Jesus offers true healing. He is the One to help us strip away the bandages that are covering the mess in order to address the root issue. Does it hurt? Yep. Wound care is no joke.
Psalm 33 is an additional Psalm David wrote during this period of confession and healing following his sin with Bathsheba. Read it when you can. This is what stands out to me...
”Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, on those who hope in His steadfast love, that He may deliver their soul from death and keep them alive in famine.”
I’ve recently walked through my own season of drought and famine. Knowing Jesus doesn’t make us immune to sin, struggle, or pain. We DO have a choice of how we will respond when the trouble comes... fight, flight or faith. Thank God that He is a willing help and shield, and He will never fail us!
See you soon for the next episode! There are some surprises up ahead!