Two Voices

Re: Verse reading 2 Samuel 13:1-2, 20-22,30-37, 2 Samuel 14:21-24, 2 Samuel 15:7-14, 2 Samuel 18:6-15, 33 (day two)

2 Samuel 12:13
Rape. Murder. Hate. Manipulation. Betrayal. Rebellion. Revenge. Death. David’s life proves that the face of sin is ugly, horrifying. Yet the Enemy continues to whisper, “you will not surely die” (Genesis 3:4). “As long as it’s just a small sin, it’s not that big of a deal. Even the greatest pastors sin yet still have God’s favor. As long as I ask Him after, God will forgive me. I’m only human. At least I didn’t do what she did. Everyone else is doing it. I’ll do it just this once so I’ll know what it’s like.” “You will not surely die” echoes across humanity. Perhaps by pondering David’s story our hard hearts will hear the warning. “Look, the Lord will come with fire…to execute His anger with fury, and His rebuke with flames of fire. For the Lord will execute judgment on all flesh with His fiery sword, and many will be slain by the Lord” (Is 66:14-16). No. It’s not a misprint. The Lord will slay those who persist in rebellion. He will put an end to sin and to all who embrace it. However, there is hope for those who would reject sin and cling to Christ in faith. They will hear another voice saying, “The Lord has taken away your sin; you will not die” (2 Samuel 12:13).

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