Posted by: Pauline | July 21, 2015

Scriptures for Sunday July 26

2 Samuel 11:1-15

David had been experiencing great military victories. When he was commanding his army, no doubt he planned carefully and prepared for any surprise attacks by the enemy. But at home in his palace (while the army was out fighting without him), he apparently gave no thought being prepared for dealing with temptation, and one sin led to another and pulled him further into moral failure.

Psalm 14

Unlike the word “fool” in English, which suggests an intellectual shortcoming, in Hebrew the word indicates moral shortcomings. Until recent centuries, atheism – saying “there is no God” as the fool does in this psalm – was also understood to be primarily a moral defect rather than an intellectual conclusion regarding the evidence (or lack of evidence) for the existence of God.

This psalm does not only condemn atheists, however, but all people. David was a man of God, but he was undeniably also a sinner, as shown most forcefully by his adultery with Bathsheba and killing of her husband.

Ephesians 3:14-21

Paul also was very aware of his great moral failings in the past, how he had persecuted the church of God. He is very much aware of God’s great grace to him, not only to forgive him but to give him a ministry to spread the Gospel to others. So knowing what God could do in his own life, he has faith to pray for God to work just as powerfully in the lives of others.

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