Sunday, April 12, 2009

Further Consequences

Focus verses: 2 Samuel 14:1, 12-17

Day before yesterday's reading informed David that the sword would never depart from his house because he despised the Lord and took the wife of Uriah, the Hittite.

Today's reading shows those consequences in spades. It tells of Amnon raping Tamar and Absalom taking vengeance and then fleeing the country.

Disobedience to God's law always brings destruction -- destruction of relationships, destruction of peace, or destruction of life. There is, however, good news.

God devises ways so that a banished person may not remain estranged from Him.

Today is Easter Sunday. It is the culmination of God's provision that man be not estranged from Him. Because God cannot look upon sin, He allowed Jesus to die upon the cross for all sin, for all time, and when we believe in Jesus as the Messiah, the Lord of our lives, God doesn't look at our sins, but sees us through the veil of Jesus' righteousness.

The old hymn "Jesus Paid It All" reflects our debt to Him. Today is the commemoration of His resurrection, his triumph over grave and death. Because He lives, we can live also.


Father, God,

Words are inadequate to express our gratitude to You for providing our salvation. We offer You the sacrifice of praise, today. We dedicate our lives to You anew.
In Jesus' most precious name.

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