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nature's calamity May 7 Chronological Bible Study

Timeline. Map. Go to today’s Bible reading: 2Samuel 5:13-16; 1Chronicles 14:3-7; 1Chronicles 3:4b-9; 2Samuel 13:1-15:6

Chaos and Calamity-some causes

This is tornado season, and we will soon enter hurricane season. These storms are like vicious monsters. They tear apart homes and families, cause massive amounts of flooding, and leave everything in pieces and tangled masses. Earthquakes do the same thing. Something else also brings chaos and calamity and it is spelled s-i-n. Sin is doing wrong or failing to do right according to God’s standards. The devil (our enemy Satan) loves to create chaos by getting Christians to sin. Today we want to observe the chaos sin causes, which will serve as a warning to us.

Although atheists and agnostics seem to get away with sin (at least for awhile in this life), it should be noted that this is not true of God's children. He wants us to be like him, and he wants to bless us, but sin often stands in the way. Even after forgiveness, sin must still be punished as a just retribution and as an example and warning to others.

King David had an adulterous relationship with Bathsheba. When she became pregnant, he tried to cover it up by bringing her husband home from the battle front to give a report of the battle and to “visit” his wife. David's ploy did not work, however; Uriah was a very loyal and dedicated soldier, and he would not spend the night with his wife when Israel's armies were spending the night in the fields defending the kingdom. David then devised a plan to send Uriah back to the front and then have the troops withdraw from him so that he would be killed. His plan worked, but God was displeased. After the child was born, Nathan the prophet pointed out his sin. David genuinely repented, but the prophet of God still prophesied judgment upon David's household (2Samuel 12:10-14). The fulfillment of the prophecies then began; David’s family and the entire kingdom experienced chaos.

The first fulfillment of the prophecy Nathan spoke against David for his sin was the death of the illegitimate child of King David and Bathsheba (2Samuel 12:15-19).

The second calamity was compounded by the fact that David had taken on many wives and concubines (secondary wives) when he came to Jerusalem to reign as king. This may have seemed politically astute, but it was against God’s directives (Deuteronomy 17:17). This also set a bad example for his son Solomon, who was destined to be the next king. The second calamity that happened in David's family was the rape of his daughter, Tamar, by David's eldest son, her half brother, Amnon (2Samuel 13:1-20). This was forbidden in God’s moral law (Leviticus 18:9), but Amnon still wanted her and plotted to take her by force. Amnon’s actions caused a third and fourth calamity.

Since Amnon raped Absalom's sister, Absalom arranged for Amnon to be murdered. Amnon was killed, and there was great mourning. This led to another calamity - the exile of David's beloved son, Absalom. He was responsible for the murder of Amnon, so in fear he fled and was exiled for three years. Even when he was allowed to come back, still King David refused to see his favorite son for awhile. Perhaps it was this offense that caused Absalom to begin to stir up more trouble for David.

The fifth calamity that caused chaos was Absalom’s staged conspiracy against his own father to take over the kingdom (2Samuel 15:1-13).

More calamities were yet to come for David. They will be seen in our next few lessons. Sin exacts a heavy price upon our lives, and not only on our lives but also on others around us. A business man may be guilty of accepting bribes for favors. Will he be the only one affected in his organization? No. A pastor of a church has a secret relationship with his secretary. Will he be the only one affected? No. A wife has a secret relationship with a male co-worker. Will her family be affected? Yes. Sin causes chaos and calamity. We can choose to sin, but we cannot choose the consequences.

Is there chaos in our lives? Could it be caused by sin? Not all chaos and calamity is caused by sin, of course. Like the weather, sometimes there are just unfortunate occurrences which cause chaos. But for those occasions when sin is the root of the problem, we should know that even when we are forgiven the effects of sin do not automatically disappear. In those times, we need to pray for God's mercy in his judgment and help to endure the consequences. We need to learn lessons from seeing the results of sin in our lives and in others. We need to determine to live holy lives, pleasing to our Lord. Let's live righteously, and then we will be rewarded by God's peace and blessings, instead of punishing ourselves and others.

Lessons to live by:

  • Is your life in chaos? Is it because of sin? God can help you find a way out or at least mitigate the effects of it. He can give you forgiveness, peace, and spiritual life (more...)
  • God wants us to be like him, and he wants to bless us, but sin often stands in the way. Even after forgiveness, sin must still be punished as a just retribution and as an example and warning to others.
  • Sin exacts a heavy price upon our lives and not only on our lives but also on others around us.
  • We can choose to sin, but we cannot choose the consequences.
  • Let's live righteously, and then we will be rewarded by God's peace and blessings, instead of punishing ourselves and others.

Today’s Bible memory verse:

Numbers 32:23b “you may be sure that your sin will find you out.” (NIV)

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