9th Sunday after Trinity – Sunday 2nd August 2015

29 07 2015

David gets his comeuppance. At Last!

9th Sunday after Trinity – Sunday 2nd August 2015

Where are the surprises?

Whose voices do we not hear?

What challenges us?

Surprises – do you agree with what I find surprising in the text?

  1. That David recognises the sin of the rich man and the lack of pity and this doesn’t awaken any sense of his own wrongdoing.
  2. That David was given Saul’s wives and they will be punished too. The sin was personal but the consequences are collective.
  3. That David’s sin is so quickly forgiven. Just a ‘I have sinned against the Lord’ and his death penalty is taken away.

The voices we don’t hear – What might they say?

  1. Bathsheba is ‘sent’ for again. From being a lowly widow to being a wife of a king is a transformation. I wonder what she thinks.
  2. After much human sending, the Lord sends Nathan; he goes. Would you be in Nathan’s shoes? What might his initial response have been?

What challenges us in 2015?

  1. David ends up condemning himself; Nathan is very clever in his presentation. Creative wisdom and courage – can we have this, Lord, when we are sent to do a similar task.
  2. ‘If it doesn’t hurt anyone else, what does it matter what I do?’ A very 20th/21st century myth which needs challenging.
  3. Admission of guilt – ‘I have sinned…’ is what is required. The whys and the wherefores need to be considered but they come after. I have sinned needs to come first.
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30 07 2015
Lavender Buckland

Thank you very much, this is quite the most helpful way I have yet encountered of looking at this – particularly these questions, these different voices, heard and unheard.

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