Incest and Murder

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Pray that each of us stays closer than ever to God's instruction and righteousness.

Today’s Reading: 2 Samuel 13

Key Verse: 2 Samuel 13:15a, 28

Then Amnon hated her exceedingly, so that the hatred with which he hated her was greater than the love with which he had loved her…Now Absalom had commanded his servants, saying, “Watch now, when Amnon’s heart is merry with wine, and when I say to you, ‘Strike Amnon!’ then kill him. Do not be afraid. Have I not commanded you?”

Yesterday we read that the prophet Nathan chastised David for his sin of adultery and murder. Nathan predicted that David’s sins would be repeated in his children providing a lesson on the true horror of sin. The reason such a story is included in Scripture is, “for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2 Tim. 3:16). The Apostle made it clear that, “Whatever a man sows, that shall he also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption” (Galatians 6:7b & 8a). As disciples of Jesus, let’s not give up our daily reading. We will reap benefits as a result of our faithfulness. Paul also says in the very next verse, Galatians 6:9, “Let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we will reap if we do not lose heart.”

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, I pray that I will pay closer attention than ever to Your “instruction in righteousness.” As Scott reminded me yesterday in an email: Psalm 119:11 teaches me to hide Your Word in my heart so “that I might not sin against You.” Please Lord, write Your Word on my heart again today, and every day. Keep me faithful in my daily reading of Your Word I pray. In the Name of the One who lives in my heart and who is always faithful, my Lord Jesus Christ. Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

As I read today’s awful, tragic story, I thought of the tabloid papers that are impossible to avoid as I pass through the grocery checkout counter. I try to avert my eyes but, nevertheless, there they are, filled with lurid headlines, half-truths, outright lies and awful pictures. I’ve spent a lifetime researching Bible stories and have concluded that, while some are horrible, they are, unlike the tabloids, an accurate record of the human condition. In other religious writings, the writers do not have their sins splashed across the pages as we find in the Bible. To me this honesty is a great proof of the fact that “holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:21). Hebrews 11 lists an amazing gallery of God’s celebrities that are far more interesting than any tabloid, and it’s absolutely true!

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