This morning I read in 2 Samuel 12 concerning the death of David’s son that was conceived in adultery with Bathsheba.
As many of us with the Holy Spirit experience, the Lord sometimes leads us to scripture then provides an interpretation that parallels a present-day event.
Here is the lesson that came to mind.
As Christians, we have the “sure mercies of David.” After David committed this act of adultery and murder, God said that David would not die. However, David suffered many things, one of which was the death of the child that was conceived in adultery.
When Nathan the prophet came to David, he told a story that was meant to communicate the deed that David had done:
“And the Lord sent Nathan unto David. And
he came unto him, and said unto him, There were two men in one city; the one
rich, and the other poor.
2 The rich man had exceeding many flocks
3 But the poor man had nothing, save one
little ewe lamb, which he had bought and nourished up: and it grew up together
with him, and with his children; it did eat of his own meat, and drank of his
own cup, and lay in his bosom, and was unto him as a daughter.
4 And there came a traveller unto the rich man,
and he spared to take of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress for the
wayfaring man that was come unto him; but took the poor man’s lamb, and dressed
it for the man that was come to him.”
We Christians can do the same and we can expect the same fate as David.
When we as Christians take what belongs to God and use His things for our own glory, the child created will die.
Meaning, all things that mankind has done in the Name of Jesus–not for the glory of Jesus and for true edification of His people, but instead to make a name for men in this world, will die.
When we take that which belongs to God, given to us by the Lamb of God who is Jesus, then use these for our own vain glory or worldly gain, we are in effect slaying the poor of this world who need Jesus. We are also doing harm to His Name. We are also acting unfaithfully.
Therefore, anything we “birth” in such manner should and will die. However, the mercy of God will not depart from us.
I say “us” because I do not want to assume that this does not apply to me also. Do I rob God of His precious lamb? Do I rob others of Him? Do I do so that I can gain some measure of pleasure in this world, either for financial gain, social gain, or vain glory? If any of these “children” exist, I should expect them to die.
What are the “children?”
Each person can seek to his or her own conscience, and thanks to God that we are not punished for the sins of our forefathers in the faith. However, we must come out of their sins and not continue in them.
There have been many things birthed within Christianity that are corrupted by the wicked desires of man who rob God for their own gain and glory. We might say that every Christian denomination fits this to some degree, as do false teachings that come forth from them. This is also true for many unconventional ministries online and elsewhere.
Many times, these are created by people who want to be something great. They want to build up a name for themselves and gain a following as some great man or woman of God. Many times, these corruptions become dogma and many people are ensnared by them.
God will not allow our corrupt “children” to stand forever, but despite the pain, we will not lose the mercy of God if we continue to put our faith in Him.
Eventually, all of our wicked “children” become the Great Whore of Mystery Babylon. They are “their mother’s daughter.” We who are sincere in the faith can “come out of her” and escape the deceptions and destruction that comes upon the “children of disobedience.” This does not mean we escape all suffering, but it is a different suffering. If we suffer for righteousness sake, then there is peace and strength. Certainly sorrow also. We do not say, “I sit a queen and am no widow and shall see no sorrow.” Yet, we trust in Jesus and look to His agony at facing the cross, knowing that He endured all things so that we can endure in Him.
In the end, only Jesus is exalted.
“The lord alone shall be exalted in that day, for the day of the Lord of Hosts shall be upon everyone that is high and lofty and upon everyone that is lifted up, and he shall be brought low.” This is the passage that inspired the name of this website, The Lord Alone (Jesus Alone). This is not support of “oneness” doctrine, for the record.
It’s always good to consider ourselves. Do we rob God? Do we rob others of Jesus? Do we misuse the things of God to gain some glory or prosperity in this world? In so doing, have we “birthed” false teachings or Christian sects? Such as these are going to die and they must die, but a new child is born. Just as Solomon was born, new children are born out of the woman that was an adulterer. These who are “born in Babylon” will lead us in the wisdom of God as faithful servants of Jesus and our God, but they will not follow the ways of the children slain.
Praise God who always makes a way for us so that we can return to Him, repent as needed, and be strengthened! Thanks be to God who is patient for many centuries and whose ways are beyond our knowing! Praises to God whose mercy in Jesus endures forever and in His mercy He lays low the proud and destructive things and raises up sons in Christ who will do His work in truth and in righteousness!