SATURDAY, MARCH 18
Scripture: 2 Samuel 12:13-14
In this passage King David owns his own stuff, he takes full responsibility for what he has done. This passage says, “So David said to Nathan, ‘I have sinned against the LORD.’ And Nathan said to David, ‘The LORD also has put away your sin; you shall not die. However, because by this deed you have given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also who is born to you shall surely die.’” Nathan told David that his sin would cost the life of the unborn baby that Bathsheba was carrying. The message was that he and Bathsheba were spared but their sin would not live but die. Nathan delivered a message of great mercy that was being poured out on David, that his own life was spared. David was not under a death sentence as he himself placed on Uriah the Hittite. God was declaring His saving grace for both David and for his Kingdom. And that is the covenant we have in Christ! He redeems even our failures and will cause those very failures to praise Him. When praying judicially, 1 Timothy 5:18 is crucial. That verse says, “…Neither be partakers of other men’s sins.” If we support abortion and homosexual marriage, we risk the death penalty, and yet those who repent will be under Christ’s saving grace. God’s sure mercy is certain to all who turn and repent!