From Sunday’s sermon 12/10/08

October 12, 2008

Today’s sermon was on 2 Samuel 11. The infamous David and Bathsheba story. i have heard countless sermons preached on this passage. I’ve probably preached from it myself. It’s hard to keep spiritually sensitive to something you’ve heard a million times before.

My key takeaway from the sermon was that the consequences of sin isn’t a good enough reason to keep one from sinning. A good 3/4 of the sermon sounded like a motivational pep talk that didn’t need to come from the pulpit. Yes, recognizing the circumstances and rehearsing the consequences are good ways to keep out of trouble. But it was only when the preacher talked about remaining in communion with God that I felt he was talking to me, a Christian (as opposed to just any other person). What is sin anyway if not things that grieve God? “Having a daily time of focussed personal communion with God” seems to me to be pretty good advice for not getting into destructive mischief.

(BTW, I had a thought about the whole “cause and effect” way of looking at Christianity and how that is fundamentally screwed up. Often sin has no short run consequences. Doing good has no immediate payoffs.)

Anyway, I close this post with thoughts from Isaiah 58

13 “ If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath,
From doing your pleasure on My holy day,
And call the Sabbath a delight,
The holy day of the LORD honorable,
And shall honor Him, not doing your own ways,
Nor finding your own pleasure,
Nor speaking your own words,
14 Then you shall delight yourself in the LORD;
And I will cause you to ride on the high hills of the earth,
And feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father.
The mouth of the LORD has spoken.”

One thing I’m enjoying about having lunch with close Christian friends after Sunday service is honestly and unpretentiously sharing our takeaways from the morning sermon. Very interesting how differently God speaks to different people.

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