Old Testament – We read a great parable from the prophet Nathan today to start the chapter! Wow. Convicting stuff for David… You’ll note that David said in response to this parable in verse 6: “He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity.” Well, sure enough, David paid for the death of Uriah 4 times over through the future deaths of 4 of David’s sons: the unnamed son who dies in this chapter, Amon dies in chapter 13, Absalom in chapter 18, and Adonijah in First Kings 2:25. I read a commentary that said God forgave David of his sin, but God did not negate all the consequences of David’s sin.
Below is a portrait by Guy Rowe of David being confronted by Nathan. You can imagine Nathan saying verse 9 in this image: “Why did you despise the word of the LORD by doing what is evil in his eyes? You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife to be your own. You killed him with the sword of the Ammonites.”
New Testament – John chapter 16 is amazing today! I love verse 8’s teaching from Jesus about the Holy Spirit: “And when he comes, he will convince the world of its sin, and of God’s righteousness, and of the coming judgment.” One commentary on this verse and verse 9 today says: “Apart from the Spirit’s convicting work, people can never see themselves as sinners.” Wow. This is powerful to reflect upon.
- Did you ever have a time in your life that you did not see yourself as a sinner?
- Was this time before you experienced the Holy Spirit?
- Do you believe this to be true – that many in our world today cannot see themselves as sinners, apart from the work of the Holy Spirit and Jesus?
This I think should demonstrate to us who is truly doing conversion work in our world – not us, but Jesus and the Spirit. We cannot convert anyone on our own human power. The Holy Spirit must enter the room…
Bible.org’s commentary on our John readings today titled “The Ministry of the Holy Spirit” is at this link.
Psalms – Psalm 119 verse 71 has an interesting take on suffering – “The suffering you sent was good for me, for it taught me to pay attention to your principles.”
- Do you believe suffering can be good for you?
- Can it teach you to pay attention to God?
Proverbs – Proverbs chapter 16 verse 5 today teaches us: “The LORD despises pride; be assured that the proud will be punished.” This Proverb reminds me of a talk that concluded- Let us not fall into the trap of ever thinking that we are great.”
Please join us in memorizing and meditating on a verse of Scripture today: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 NIV
- Pray for peace in your life.
- Pray for more of Jesus in your life.
- Pray that when trouble comes to you in this world – and it will come – that you will take heart in knowing that Jesus overcame the world.
Comments from You & Questions of the Day:
- Have you ever fallen into the trap of thinking you are great?
- Also, what verses or insights stand out to you in today’s readings?
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