Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 01-AUG-2021 - 9.30 AM Sermon
Rev Sandy Boyce
Pentecost 10 – One day, David spied Bathsheba bathing, he lusted after her, and he got her pregnant. Trying to cover up his adulterous rape, he ordered Bathsheba's husband Uriah to return home on leave from active service in the warzone, and spend some time at home with his wife. If it worked, Uriah would be recognised as the baby's father. But it didn't work the way David meant it to; Uriah's sense of duty towards his men back at the front didn't allow him to indulge in domestic bliss, and he was a man of honour and character. David ordered him back to the front, and secret orders were sent for Uriah to be abandoned to the enemy and killed. It was a story of power's corruption, with the ugly, deceptive use of personal and political power to cover up truth and preserve a dodgy reputation. People have been covering up sexual abuse for millennia, and it happens even in the church. The prophet Nathan was a truth teller. He didn't accuse David head on; he took an indirect route, using a parable to elicit the truth. A story about a much-loved lamb and a rich bully evoked David's sympathy; David was indignant at what had taken place; and Nathan was able to turn the story around on David himself, telling him "You are that man!" There might be questions about David's remorse; but the idea that anyone, even an adulterer and murderer, can receive forgiveness from God is a true and hopeful message about God's character. The people in this story and their circumstances resonate deeply with our contemporary context.
2 Samuel (11: 1-15); 11:26 - 12:13a

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