“Nevertheless, because by this deed you have utterly scorned the Lord and given great occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme.”
II Samuel12: 14
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“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.”
Psalm 1: 1
King James Version
Has there ever been a time in my life when my behavior was at the root of causing others to hold God in contempt?
How do I think people who call themselves Christians, influence others when their behavior is at cross-purposes with heavenly counsel?
“A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not: but knowledge is easy unto him (her) that understandeth.”
Proverbs 14: 6
“Every life is a profession of faith, and exercises an inevitable and silent influence.”
Henri Frederic Amiel
Since Transformation Garden is a reflective garden, where we take time each day to study God’s Word, especially the stories about the women in the Bible, you may be wondering why we are taking so much time delving into each of the texts regarding God’s interaction with King David.
There are several reasons for this. First, David’s life was intermingled with the lives of many women. And his behavior toward these women, and their response in return, is extremely instructional for you and me.
But second, the way God reacted to David and Bathsheba’s sin, has lessons that are totally applicable to our lives today. It is for this reason we are taking time to better understand why sin is so toxic; why the consequences are so severe; and why God’s compassionate love in renewing us is so great.
Our text today, found in II Samuel 12: 14, is another place in Scripture where God clearly enlightens us, if we open our minds to His word, on why sin is something we don’t want to mess around with.
In outlining to David the fallout that would result from his affair with Bathsheba, Nathan informed David that his actions would cause God’s enemies to blaspheme His name.
God’s reputation took a hit, big-time, when the King of Israel, God’s anointed and chosen man, despised his heavenly Father and flaunted his disobedience, mistakenly thinking he could cover-up what was done in secret.
It is interesting to note that in the Hebrew, the word “blaspheme” means to scorn or disdain. But there is an added meaning to the word “blaspheme” as used in II Samuel 12: 14. It also means “disdainful scorners will flourish.” If you check Webster’s Dictionary and look for the word “flourish,” you’ll find it means, “to grow luxuriantly. To thrive. To fare well and to prosper.”
What Nathan told David was that his actions caused scorners to bloom. Just like a well-watered and fertilized garden, so David had infused the landscape around him with the nutrients of evil which would result only in the flowering of scorn – especially directed at our Father in heaven.
I sadly understand exactly what God was conveying to David for during a very wayward time in my own history, when having a spiritual life was not at the forefront of my mind or behavior, a friend I was dating said, “Well, this religious stuff you sometimes refer to must not mean that much to you, at least you don’t act like it does.” He wasn’t being mean. He was being truthful. Not being particularly religious himself, my lack of commitment to God served only to reinforce his own position that what God said wasn’t all that important.
Maybe there have been times in your own life, when like me, you think you may have given “scorners” an opportunity to defame our heavenly Father. I think I can speak for all of us when I say how sorry I am to ever have let my Father down – especially a Father who turned the universe upside down for me and risked everything to bring His daughter, Dorothy, back into His presence for eternity. WOW! What can you say about a love like that? A Father like that!
There is an old Persian fable which says: “One day, a wanderer found a piece of clay, so filled of perfume that its odor scented an entire room. ‘What art thou?’ was the quick question. ‘Art thou some rare gem of Samarcand? Or art thou spikenard rare in rich disguise, or some other very costly merchandise?’”
“Nay, I am but a piece of clay,” was the reply.
“Then whence this wondrous sweetness, pray?”
“Friend, if the secret I disclose, I have been dwelling with the rose.”
As I read this fable, I thought of the Rose of Sharon and the Lily of the Valley, flowers that might be present in a garden just like Transformation Garden. A garden where time spent daily with Jesus changes pieces of clay into beautiful blossoms that overflow with the aroma of their Father’s love. This is the influence I want to have. An influence that never gives God’s enemies the opportunity to blaspheme His name.
“There is no power on earth that can neutralize the influence of a high, pure, simple and useful life.”
Booker T. Washington
Your Own Gospel
“You are writing a Gospel,
A chapter each day,
By deeds that you do,
By words that you say.
(People) read what you write,
Whether faithless or true;
Say, what is the Gospel
According to you?”
Dorothy Valcấrcel, Author
When A Woman Meets Jesus
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