The second week of Bible reading begins this morning. In DOVE Nairobi yesterday, Ibrahim shared on the role and power of God’s word in our lives. Very relevant.
We are grateful that 87 hours have already been sponsored and ‘paid for’!! Thank you! This will take us through most of the week. At this point however, the experience of reading itself has overshadowed the goal of raising money. What started as a fund-raiser for DOVE Africa missionaries has also become a life-changer.
The story of David, from shepherd boy to king, has always fascinated me; there are so many things to comment on. David’s struggles with the ‘sons of Zeruiah’, and especially Joab, would be enough for a riveting novel. They were so close, and yet the relationship involved blackmail, differing values, and outright mutiny. Joab is the one who killed Absolom, but also the one who earlier convinced David to bring Absolom back to Jerusalem. Hmm.
The testimony about King David, from his own writing and also from the record of God’s Word to his prophets, is that he was ‘blameless,’ a man after God’s own heart , who followed the Lord wholeheartedly. Yet we know his sins. How does that work?
The answer is not easy. But I usually come back to the fact that David was truly and genuinely repentant. His immoral act with Bathsheba, and subsequent murder of her husband as a cover-up, was sin. Thankfully he realized that, and repented sincerely. The willingness and capacity to humbly repent is so crucial for any of our lives, and especially for Christian leaders. David certainly suffered consequences for these acts: his son died, and immorality (especially seen in Solomon) and violence (especially seen with Absolom) followed in the family line.
If we ever want to site David’s faults to make excuses for sin in our own lives, we better beware.
Thank you for following this journey with us!
Bible Trivia Day Five-Six: What did the Pharoah give his daughter as a wedding gift when she married Solomon?