Remember, in His Word, God has:

  • Something to see – what does the text say
  • Something to understand – what does it mean
  • Something to apply – what does it mean to me
  • Something to praise – for what are you thankful?

(1) Through the Bible

Day 1: 2 Chronicles 31, 32Day 4: Ezra 1, 2
Day 2: 2 Chronicles 33, 34Day 5: Ezra 3, 4
Day 3: 2 Chronicles 35, 36Day 6: Ezra 5, 6

This week’s sermon will cover the story of David and Bathsheba in 2 Samuel 11,12. This is obviously a story or moral failure and the biblical account does not hold its punches against one of its heroes. Note the contrast between the uprightness of actions of Uriah and Bathsheba versus David. Note David’s efforts to hide his sin from deception and manipulation to murder. From verse 1 of chapter 11 we see immediately that something is amiss: spring is the time of year when “kings go out to battle”, yet David is on the palace couch! He arises and goes to the palace roof, he must have felt on top of the world, yet as the narrative unfolds we see the reality of his present heart condition. The story is not without its redemptive elements; David does repent, and the Lord does honour David’s lineage with the incarnation of Christ. In the key passages and verses readings I am including the entirety of Psalm 51. This week’s story is the context behind this precious psalm. It includes deep and thorough confession to the Lord, repentance, and contrition; and serves as a good template for your family as we work through sin and its effects.

(2) Key Passages

Day 1: 2 Samuel 11:1-5Day 4: 2 Samuel 12:1-6
Day 2: 2 Samuel 11:6-11Day 5: 2 Samuel 12:7-14
Day 3: 2 Samuel 11:12-17Day 6: Psalm 51

(3) Key Verses

Day 1: 2 Samuel 11:1-3Day 4: 2 Samuel 11:12-13
Day 2: 2 Samuel 11:4-5Day 5: 2 Samuel 11:14-15
Day 3: 2 Samuel 11:8-11Day 6: Psalm 51

(4) Pre-readers (in the translation of your choice, quoted below from the NLT)

“Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.

Psalm 51:7