2.10.2010

Word Wednesday .::81

Word Wednesday is posted every Wednesday. Each week I post a scripture that I've read that week that has spoken to me in a fresh way. I believe that if we read God's Word every day, He will give us at least one scripture every week that will impact us. Sharing Scripture with each other is like iron sharpening iron. Leave a comment and share a scripture that has impacted you this week.

Here's the scripture that stuck this week:

II Samuel 11:27-12:7 The Message

27-3
But God was not at all pleased with what David had done, and sent Nathan to David. Nathan said to him, "There were two men in the same city—one rich, the other poor. The rich man had huge flocks of sheep, herds of cattle. The poor man had nothing but one little female lamb, which he had bought and raised. It grew up with him and his children as a member of the family. It ate off his plate and drank from his cup and slept on his bed. It was like a daughter to him.

4 "One day a traveler dropped in on the rich man. He was too stingy to take an animal from his own herds or flocks to make a meal for his visitor, so he took the poor man's lamb and prepared a meal to set before his guest."

5-6 David exploded in anger. "As surely as God lives," he said to Nathan, "the man who did this ought to be lynched! He must repay for the lamb four times over for his crime and his stinginess!"

7 "You're the man!" said Nathan...

Isn't it funny how judgmental and condemning David got against his own sin? The reason he did was because he was blind to his own sin. I am constantly grossed out by judgmental Christians. It's gross. We have no biblical right to judge or condemn anyone, because we ALL fall short of God's glory. Sometimes we need someone like Nathan to come and show us who we are from a different perspective and kick us off our judge's seat. It's so important that we remember God's mercy on our own lives, before we start judging someone else of their misdeeds.

What's your Word?


1 comment:

Harold Forbis said...

I'm teaching the book of Luke this year in a high school Bible class in our church school. We are continually amazed at how Jesus brings the Word of God to the scribes and Pharisees, the most judgmental folks of all, to let them judge their own hearts. The Word comes to us like that (see Heb. 4:12), when we let it, to sort out our true responses towards what God has said.

Jesus often warned his disciples to "beware the leaven of the Pharisees," hypocrisy - being one way inside, but putting a different face on outwardly. It's hard to judge others when we are humble enough to be the same inside and out.

Good post, Gary, thanks for sharing your thoughts with us.