Sunday 5th August, 2018
2 Samuel 12:1-13
Hymn of meditation: PH 333
Jesus, priceless is Your Gospel,
Help me treasure this always.
This is the best treasure I have here,
Nothing in this life compares.
Your Word is my life’s foundation,
I desire this more than life,
Men of earth are deceitful beings,
Word of God is truth that stands.
Like the woman at the well I was seeking
For things that could not satisfy;
And then I heard my Savior speaking:
“Draw from my well that never shall run dry”.
Fill my cup Lord; I lift it up, Lord!
Come and quench this thirsting of my soul;
Bread of heaven, Feed me till I want no more
Fill my cup, fill it up and make me whole!
One question we need to ask ourselves and explore is ‘why do we need to yearn for the food that endures’? May the Lord help us to understand His Word as we delve into it daily.
The first reading from 2 Samuel 12:1-13, the famous story of David and Bathsheba reveals a striking character of man that God desires that we shun for His glory. God was gracious unto David; he had everything he needed in life from the Lord, yet fell for lust at a time he was supposed to be in battle. During his wandering about in the house, his eyes chanced upon the lady Bathsheba and he begun to lust after her.
God was so grieved that he sent Nathan, the Prophet to David to reveal his sin unto him via parables. David’s response in anger brought calamity upon himself despite the mercy of God upon him.
Brethren, it is not about coming into the chapel daily to pray and sing but how we treat our fellows. Do we crave to possess the things they have, lusting after and taking from them at any cost. My mind is often drawn to various instances I always hear about concerning partners going behind their own to commit adultery with others in the same church, painting an ugly picture of the church to the outside world. This creates divisions in the church and destroys homes and the community at large.
The very thing you may be fighting to dispossess your brother or sister of could be the only one he or she has and depends on for livelihood. How-be-it, God is totally against covetousness. God has blessed each one of us with unique gifts; do not discourage or fight each other to take away what they have or what they are.
Apostle Paul confirms this in his text from Ephesians 4:1-16
As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit– just as you were called to one hope when you were called– one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it…
…It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.
The Apostle encourages us in the text to keep the body of Christ together in love and stand fast that we are not tossed about unnecessarily by cunning men.
When they found him on the other side of the lake, they asked him, “Rabbi, when did you get here?” Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, you are looking for me, not because you saw miraculous signs but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. On him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.” Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” So they asked him, “What miraculous sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you? What will you do? Our forefathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written: `He gave them bread from heaven to eat.'” Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” “Sir,” they said, “from now on give us this bread.” Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.
Do not just come into the presence of God for its sake but be determined to live a life worthy of Christ to His glory. Jesus, as much as He was on earth to draw all men to Himself, did not hesitate to tell them the painful truth whenever the need arose. Seeing their thoughts, He made it clear to them but in love so they would understand and keep on following.
Finally, brethren, do not be anxious to possess the things of the world; the clothing of others, their cars, spouses and houses but crave for the things that endures. Be content with what the Lord has blessed you with lest others outside of our company would look on our awkward behaviour and prefer to stay out of church than be in God’s fold. Be thankful rather if you should ever see a brother or sister in church with a seemingly bad dress or anything you may be ashamed of, because, people in such situations would normally stay away, feeling shy to join and afraid of mockery.
May the Lord strengthen us to encourage, love and care for each other, shun covetousness and yearn for the food that endures.