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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for August 8, 2019

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THURSDAY, August 8

2 Samuel 11:27 When the mourning was over, David sent and brought [Bathsheba] to his house, and she became his wife, and bore him a son. But the thing that David had done displeased the Lord.

The last sentence in today’s framing verse is one of the great biblical understatements of all time. David has perpetrated a complicated, power-abusing plot upon Bathsheba and her husband Uriah—because he desired Bathsheba. The greatest king in the history of Israel, chosen as a child, dearly beloved of God, is willing to break several of God’s commandments in one fell swoop. David’s command to have Uriah murdered and his coercive intercourse with Bathsheba are not momentary lapses in judgment—this is David’s long game.

God knows what utter savagery David is capable of committing—the same kinds you and I are capable of—and loves us anyway. This boggles the mind. Thanks be to God.

MOVING FORWARD: All of us have the capacity for deep love and deep awfulness. How do you reconcile these things about yourself and those you love?

PRAY for the Diocese of Rokon (South Sudan)

Ps [83] or 145 * 85, 86 | 2 Samuel 11:1-27 | Acts 19:11-20 | Mark 9:2-13

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