Week Five Day Five - Devotion

15 Sep 2017
Cindy Erasmus
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A Sacred Reading (known as Lectio Divina) of 2 Samuel 11:27- 12:1-14 (MSG). You will read the passage through three times, each time asking a different question.

1st Prayer and reading: “Holy Spirit, as I read this passage, give me ONE WORD/ PHRASE You want me to hold on to.” ____________ (write the word/ phrase here).

27 But God was not at all pleased with what David had done, 12:1-3 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 traveller 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!” 7-12 “You’re the man!” said Nathan. “And here’s what God, the God of Israel, has to say to you: I made you king over Israel. I freed you from the fist of Saul. I gave you your master’s daughter and other wives to have and to hold. I gave you both Israel and Judah. And if that hadn’t been enough, I’d have gladly thrown in much more. So why have you treated the word of God with brazen contempt, doing this great evil? You murdered Uriah the Hittite, then took his wife as your wife. Worse, you killed him with an Ammonite sword! And now, because you treated God with such contempt and took Uriah the Hittite’s wife as your wife, killing and murder will continually plague your family. This is God speaking, remember! I’ll make trouble for you out of your own family. I’ll take your wives from right out in front of you. I’ll give them to some neighbour, and he’ll go to bed with them openly. You did your deed in secret; I’m doing mine with the whole country watching!” 13-14 Then David confessed to Nathan, “I’ve sinned against God.” Nathan pronounced, “Yes, but that’s not the last word. God forgives your sin. You won’t die for it. But because of your blasphemous behaviour, the son born to you will die.”

2nd Prayer and Reading: “Holy Spirit, as I read this passage again, please tell me WHY you gave me this one word.” ___________________________________________________

3rd Prayer and Reading: “Holy Spirit, as I read this passage a third time, please instruct me in WHAT you want me to do in obedience.” ________________________________________

Respond in prayer and/ or journal about what God has said to you.

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