• Listening with a Discerning Ear

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  • The Consequences of Sin

    2 Samuel 12:15b–31

    God’s people must not lose the distinction between forgiveness and consequences. Public, heinous sins have lasting ramifications for the church, so they have lasting consequences for the offender. God will forgive anyone who repents, but some sins are disqualifying for ...Read More

  • David Repents

    2 Samuel 12:1–15a

    Today’s passage also proves that sin often brings with it severe consequences even when God forgives us (2 Sam. 12:10–14). We will see that play out over the rest of David’s life. Today, we note that for God to forgive ...Read More

  • David Does Evil in the Eyes of the Lord

    2 Samuel 11

    Failure to remember that God sees everything leads very quickly to sin. If we understand that we can hide nothing from the Lord and that He will certainly hold us to account for our transgressions, then we have strong motivation ...Read More

  • David Subdues the Ammonites and Syrians

    2 Samuel 10

    Ideally, one’s profession of truth will line up with a life that is being transformed by the truth. Yet, sometimes people speak truth without evidencing personal transformation. That does not invalidate the truth professed, for truth is truth regardless of ...Read More

  • Mephibosheth Sits at the King’s Table

    2 Samuel 9

    The deep and abiding covenant love that David showed to Mephibosheth is an example for us today. We are to love those who are not necessarily able to do anything for us—the orphan, the widow, and others who may be ...Read More

  • Tragedy and God

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  • The Justice and Equity of David

    1 Chronicles 18

    God is keeping His promise to give victory to the church, and Christian leaders are to respond by ruling with justice and equity. They are to strive for impartiality and to render decisions only according to the truth of God’s ...Read More

  • David Thanks the Lord

    2 Samuel 7:18–29

    David’s prayer for God to confirm His promise and bless David’s house was motivated by a desire to see the name of God magnified. Our prayers for God’s blessing on us should be motivated by the same. As we ask ...Read More

  • The Davidic Covenant

    2 Samuel 7:1–17

    The early church father Cyprian of Carthage writes that the Davidic covenant points finally to Christ and His church: “Christ should be the house and temple of God and that the old temple should cease, and the new one should ...Read More