Monday, April 16, 2007

Lesson 2

Ladies,

Last week was Spring Break…and I had all my kids home with me all day. Can I say all my big plans wound up on the alter of busy-ness. I must admit candidly, I’d probably be late again, just to spend a few days laughing and playing with my children. Time goes soo fast. My youngest is already cutting teeth, and I still have not lost my baby fat. Time goes way too fast.

That being said, I am calling this lesson 2, as opposed to day 2. It is about Bathsheba’s come back to her status as queen. I am going to post pieces throughout the day. I am dealing primarily with the verse 1 Kings 1:11. I am dealing with it in parts. At the end of this week we should have gone through all of the verses that make up Bathsheba, and then I will post the monologue based on her Biblical character. Also, Friday, I will post the printable version of these lessons.

Today, we will also deal with Bathsheba’s boldness. This is the crux of my lesson for her. I want each of our lives to be touched with the Boldness of Christ, that we can confidently move in our lives in a way that Christ intended. This boldness is the trait that God can instill in us that we may find our seat next to his throne. But, I get ahead of myself.

Thank you for participating with me.

Opening Prayer:

Lord, I thank you soo much for redemption today and each day. I thank you that I am not imprisoned by my own sinfulness, but I am free in your grace. I thank you that I can share you with others in boldness that they too might be saved.

Keep me from further temptation today, and allow this day to be free in your love.

In Jesus name I pray.

  1. 1 Kings 1:11
    Then Nathan asked Bathsheba, Solomon's mother, "Have you not heard that Adonijah, the son of Haggith, has become king without our lord David's knowing it?
    1 Kings 1:10-12 (in Context) 1 Kings 1 (Whole Chapter)

Reflection:

Nathan addressed Bathsheba. I interpret this to mean Bathsheba has come a long way from the days she sat in sin with David. Nathan was a prophet of God. He was a holy man. I think the address to Bathsheba would have been different if Bathsheba were not becoming a redeemed woman of God. She did not allow her past sin to keep her bound and away from the people of God. I think it’s ironic that so often we will leave the church under the auspices of sin. We will allow our sin, or our backsliding, to become our prison, keeping us from the places and people of God. We need to allow the church to be the place of loving redemption that Christ intended it to be. We need to extend the forgiving love of Christ. Do you see the period at the end of that sentence? There is no room in the forgiving love of Christ for judgment of one another. We need to extend it, regardless. Furthermore, even if we do not receive it from another human being, we need to receive it and be cleansed of our sin by Christ. Cowering and hiding from it only serves to feed the fear and condemnation that sin lords over us. Confessing it and accepting graceful love will set us free.

Have you accepted Grace, that you can extend Grace?

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Nathan addressed Bathsheba, which means she is the come back queen. She has created a space where the prophets of God can come and meet. Back in the day, before we became obsessed with luxurious building that we call the church of God, churches met in the homes of Christians. Some of the biggest churches met in the homes of local prominent Christian residents: Lydia, Priscilla and Aquila to name a few. One of the things I ask myself always, can I invite my fellow Christians to my home. Is it spiritually in order? Have I invited sin into my home in anyway that would make it uncomfortable for my brothers and sisters in Christ to come and stay? Furthermore, can I comfortably invite my Christian leadership to my home. Lydia challenged Paul in this way. She said to him, “If you believe that I am genuine in my confession, you will come to my home.” (Acts 16:14-16)

What is the nature of your home?

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