JESUS MUST INCREASE
*WISDOM FOR TODAY.*
*JESUS MUST INCREASE.*
2 Samuel 12:24 *And David comforted Bathsheba his wife, and went in unto her, and lay with her: and she bare a son, and he called his name Solomon: and the LORD loved him.*
*Insight and Highlight.*
Sin is unjustifiable. Its consequences have painful and unending consequences. Though it starts with one or two or more persons, its effect is always extremely colossal.
David's saga with Bathsheba should not be better wished nor imagined by anyone who loves a peaceful life with God.
God did not expect this from him.
It is not good for our faith to fail how much more if it fails just for a moment.
For this misbehavior with Bathsheba, David's faith momentarily failed, and at that moment, he fell short of a man after God's heart.
The sinful flesh got the most of him.
He practically lost his moral senses. It was all about himself, Bathsheba, and very little of God.He was 'increasing while God was 'decreasing'
A heart that a moment ago was remorseful was suddenly thrown again into an uncontroled passion for the same lust that got him into trouble with God.
Did David benefit from this saga?
Did he benefit from his atrocities since Bathseba eventually became his wife?
What was going through his mind when he went into her again and she became his wife?
Bathseba was now his wife, but we all must never see this as God endorsing the sin of David.
We must know that David had no moral or legal right to have this woman.
David's sin was specified in Matt 1:6 *".....David, the king begat Solomon of her that had been the wife of Urias;*
Uriah's name is indelibly written as a man who could not be forgotten in the birth history of Solomon, though he was not his biological father.
David's attitude would not have qualified him to continue as a leader under the New Testament. Paul made this clear to Timothy, implying in 1 Tim 3:2 that anyone called to be a Bishop of God's people must *"....be above reproach...."* and must be *".......the husband of one wife...."*
Today, the nation of Israel may attribute part of her never-ending battles within and outside to God's curse to David that *"... Now, therefore, the sword shall never depart..."*
David has gone. He had suffered the consequences of his sin, but the impact of God's judgment was felt after him, even till this very day and generations to come if Christ tarries.
God's unhappiness was seen in the turmoil that went on in David's home. Incest, murder, and rebellion were common places, and these went on unabated throughout his life, at least for twenty-five years!
God will not condone sin. If we are to stay pure, John the Baptist says in John 1: 30 that Jesus *".... must increase, but I must decrease.*
Christ must increase, but you must decrease.
Let us honor His holiness!
None of us has any moral or legal right to commit evil!
*Call to Word action.*
Habakkuk 1:13 *Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you can not tolerate wrongdoing.....*
*The Christian clarion duty.*
Psalm 18:26 *With all who are sincere, you are sincere, but you treat the unfaithful as their deeds deserve.*
Lord, help me to decrease while You increase in Jesus name.
Good morning all and have a blessed day today.
God bless you.