CONSEQUENCES OF SIN - DCLM MANNA - Mon 8 October 2018
MONDAY OCTOBER 08, 2018
TOPIC: CONSEQUENCES OF SIN
TEXT: 2 SAMUEL 15:13-23
(2 Samuel 15:14).
"And David said unto all his servants that were with him at Jerusalem, Arise, and let us flee; for we shall not else escape from Absalom: make speed to depart, lest he overtake us suddenly, and bring evil upon us, and smite the city with the edge of the sword"
God’s impartiality is unquestionable. He renders to every man according to his works. He judges iniquity no matter who commits it.
David had to take an emergency flight with his household as Absalom, strongly supported by many Israelites, approached Jerusalem in his quest to take over the kingship. David’s servants had expressed their willingness to abide by whatever instructions he would give as all, except ten concubines, left Jerusalem amidst weeping. David, barefooted, with head covered also, wept as they hurriedly left the city.
David’s sins of adultery and murder had given the enemies of the Lord occasion to blaspheme. God’s verdict was unmistakable – "the sword (was) never to depart from (his) house" and the Lord determined to "raise up evil against (him) out of (his) own house…" (2 Samuel 12:10,11). Absalom’s rebellion was in fulfilment of this prophecy. David thought that everything was "all done and dusted", after his shameful acts were rebuked. But God never overlooks sins.
Sin is evil. The consequences are great and far-reaching. David’s case is a lesson for all believers that "...him that thinketh he standeth [must] take heed lest he fall" (1 Corinthians 10:12). David had sent Joab and others to battle and lingered in Jerusalem, and Satan took advantage of it to lead him to sin. Peter failed to pray when he should and he denied Jesus. How do you spend your time?
Believers are admonished to be sober and vigilant because the adversary, like a roaring lion, walks about seeking whom to devour. We must hold fast to our "so great salvation" by being mindful of how we spend our time and cautious of thoughts so we do not fall into temptation.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: ‘Tis wisdom to avoid sin like leprosy.
DAILY BIBLE READING: John 5
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