Sunday Service Sneak Peek for December 10, 2017 – The Book of 2 Samuel

This week, we continue our journey through the true story of God’s interaction with His people since Creation.  God didn’t want the Israelites to have a king.  He granted their request and now there were problems.  Problems with King Saul, and now problems with King David. To find out more join us for worship on Sunday, December 10th at 9 AM here at Victory Lutheran Church.

Victory Vitamin Blog – 2 Samuel 11:4

“Then David sent messengers to get her. She came to him, and he slept with her.” 

-2 Samuel 11:4 NIV

 

David was King of Israel.  He pretty much had rock star status, and that pretty much went to his head.  Rather than accompany his soldiers to battle one day, David decided to take the day off.  He probably slept late, wandered around his palace in his tunic, you know, King stuff.  At one point David went out on a balcony and looked down.  He saw a woman bathing and she appealed to him.  David asked his servants about her.  They said, “Oh, she’s married to one of your soldier’s who is off fighting right now.”  David replied, “Oh, go get her for me.”  She came to his room and David committed adultery with her.  It gets worse.  Bathsheba gets pregnant.  David freaks out and tries to get her husband to come home from war and sleep with his wife to make it look like he is really the father.  When that doesn’t work, David orders Uriah to the front lines and tells all the other soldiers to retreat so Uriah will be killed.   Then David married Bathsheba.  What do you think of King David now?  He sounds like a disgusting human being, right?  Well, David repented, and the LORD forgave him, just as He forgives you and me for the disgusting sins we commit, but let’s consider what led to David’s disgusting actions.  1) He shirked his duty.  As King, it was David’s job to lead the army in battle.  He stayed home, and the devil found work for his idle hands to do.  2) David failed to exercise self-control.  When he found out Bathsheba was married that should have been the end of it.  3) Rather than face the music, David tried to cover his tracks.  Bad idea.  God forgives us when we repent.  That act on God’s part displays His love for us.  God’s love for us inspires us to live lives that glorify Him.  Keep yourself busy serving the lord and serving others.  Exercise the God-given gift of self-control. (Galatians 5:23)  When you sin, stop, and admit it to God.  Let David serve as both a bad and good example of how to live.

Victory Vitamin Blog – 1 Samuel 17:45

“You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty”

-1 Samuel 17:45 NIV

 

The odds were not in David’s favor.  Goliath was a big man and a skilled warrior.  The fact that he would march out daily and challenge anyone from Israel to fight him is a testimony to his confidence.  David was a shepherd.  He was the youngest of his brothers.  But David was not intimidated by Goliath.  Far from being intimidated, David was infuriated.  That Goliath would stand out in the valley and loudly mock the Israelites, who were the army of God, was intolerable to David.  David was entirely confident that the LORD would help him shut that bully’s mouth.  David put his faith in action and God brought Goliath down.  It was David’s faith and complete confidence in God that caused him to undertake a task that many others were terrified to approach.  What daunting tasks are giving you doubts?  Is there a situation in your life that seems destined to destroy you?  Call it your Goliath, and trust in the LORD as you face it head on.  God has already defeated our most dreaded enemy, the devil.  Now sin and death can do us no harm.  Trust Him to go with you into your daily battles as well.

Sunday Service Sneak Peek for December 3, 2017 – 1-2 Samuel, 1 Chronicles

Sunday Service Sneak Peek for December 3, 2017 – 1-2 Samuel, 1 Chronicles

We continue our journey through the true story of God’s interaction with His people throughout history. It’s our story too, the story of how God’s love for His people caused Him to provide a way for salvation and a path to eternal life with Him! This week, we hear learn about David, a murderer and adulterer who was still the greatest king to rule over Israel. Join us at Victory Lutheran Church Sunday, December 3rd to find out more.