Drawing the Story to a Close
Hard as it was to hear, Sunday’s sermon text from 2 Samuel 11 on David, Bathsheba, and her husband Uriah, is an important reminder that scripture does not turn its eyes from the harshness of this world and the devastating lows of human experience. Scripture looks at the depth of these things head on. If anything, it is we who blink.
All the same, as I mentioned Sunday, I appreciate your willingness to wade out into such deep waters on a Sunday in July.
Also as I mentioned at the close of Sunday’s sermon, it’s hard to know where to go from here in this story. David’s fall from grace has been so severe and his actions so cold that it is hard to see where the good news is. But as we’ve said before, not every passage from scripture contains good news. In fact, some passages of scripture simply describe the bad news that makes the good news so necessary. The challenge for us is to keep reading until the good news arrives.
We’ll do just that together this Sunday as we bring this series on the story of David to a close. The prophet Nathan will go out on a considerable limb to challenge the king directly and explicitly, and David will respond with the kind of moral clarity that defined him before the intoxicating effects of power had taken their grasp. While the good news of God’s redemptive love may not come fully into view, we will at least catch a glimpse of it, and see something of the power of confession to “heal the sin-sick soul.”
Of course, there is much more of the story of David we won’t get to on Sunday mornings. So I’m happy to announce our Wednesday noon Bible study will continue through August, so we’ll have more time to read this story together then. Bring a lunch, and join us around 11:45 for a shared meal and in-depth conversation. You’ll be glad you did.
While many of the sermon texts this summer have been demanding, I hope you’ve enjoyed this extended look into the story of David as much as I have. There are so many other worthy sources of inspiration, beauty, and truth available to us that at times it is tempting to look beyond the pages of Scripture.
I hope we’ve seen in our treatment of the story of David the depth of the biblical witness to the human experience and the capacity of this ancient literature to speak so pointedly to life in the world today.