March Message - Adultery, Murder, and Hope

 "King David is one of the most celebrated figures of the Hebrew Bible, his name mentioned more often than even that of Moses. According to the Bible, David united the 12 tribes of ancient Israel into a great kingdom stretching from Egypt to Mesopotamia, with Jerusalem as its capital.

"King David is one of the most celebrated figures of the Hebrew Bible, his name mentioned more often than even that of Moses. According to the Bible, David united the 12 tribes of ancient Israel into a great kingdom stretching from Egypt to Mesopotamia, with Jerusalem as its capital.

King David, arguably the most famous king of all time, made huge mistakes, 

yet God used him and his story for good.

To sum up a few of David's larger mishaps, here is a list.

1. He watched and lusted over a woman he saw taking a bath on her balcony.

2. That woman's name was Bathsheeba, and King David summoned her to his home to sleep with her while her husband was away fighting David's enemies. It gets worse.

3. David got her pregnant.

4. Not knowing what to do, he ordered that Bathsheeba's husband, Uriah, be sent to the front lines of the fight, ensuring he'd be killed in battle and unable to discover David got his wife pregnant. That's murder, if you were wondering.

Surprisingly to us, God still loved David. God still accepted him and used him to bring hope and peace to nations and generations. How is it that God can turn a situation that involves so many ugly things into something beautiful? David and Bathsheeba married and gave birth to Solomon, later known as the wisest king to ever live. Years after, Jesus Christ was born from his lineage, an honor so incredible we might even wonder what God was thinking. Weren't there other "more holy" people that deserved such an honor? Not to God. David and Bathsheeba were punished for their sin, but after asking for forgiveness, that was simply the beginning of their story. It ended in hope, restoration, and renewal. 

As many of you know, I have a similar story to David. (No I didn't murder anyone...) I was caught in a tangle of bad decisions and felt so hopeless and ashamed. After remembering Christ, His dying on the cross for me, His forgiveness, His hope, I was able to turn my life around. There are still scars, sure, but there is restoration. There is new life. And God used my story and mistakes for His plan, which ended up being the launch of Sweets and Stilettos 5 years ago :)

Posted by Allie (Sweets and Stilettos - Des Moines)

Posted on March 27, 2014 .