If you were deceived would you even know it? One of the first things sin does is to deceive us and distort our view of the world. Today with Christians around the world we celebrate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost. This is good news for those deceived by sin because the Spirit was given to lead us into all truth, especially the truth about our true condition and the truth about God’s amazing grace.
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SCRIPTURE: 1 Samuel 12:1–10, 13–14
12 The Lord sent Nathan to David. When he came to him, he said, “There were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor. 2 The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle, 3 but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him.
4 “Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who had come to him.”
5 David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, “As surely as the Lord lives, the man who did this must die! 6 He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity.”
7 Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man! This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. 8 I gave your master’s house to you, and your master’s wives into your arms. I gave you all Israel and Judah. And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more. 9 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. 10 Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house, because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.’
13 Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.”
Nathan replied, “The Lord has taken away your sin. You are not going to die. 14 But because by doing this you have shown utter contempt for the Lord, the son born to you will die.”
SONG OF CONFESSION
Have mercy on me oh God
According to Your unfailing love
According to Your great compassion
Blot out my transgressions
Would You create in me a clean heart oh God
Restore in me the joy of Your (my) salvation
The sacrifices of our God
Are a broken and a contrite heart
Against You and You alone have I sinned
Wash me white as snow
And I will be made whole