Lust is a Visitor

Today’s Old Testament reading is one of my all time favorite Bible stories.

Check out this excerpt from 2 Samuel 12:

1.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!

Most of you know, the little lamb was Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah, who David betrayed unto death.

What isn’t quite as obvious is that Nathan’s description of David’s sin, in his analogy, was that it was a traveler who needed food.

Too often we forget that the sin which so easily besets us, is one that first knocks on our door.

We alone open the gate, and even worse, feed it something that’s not even ours to give.

Lord, help us remember that there’s plenty of joy within the walls of our own home.

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