When Things Don't Go Your Way, They Will Always Go God's Way
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Delivered By
Pastor Ed Dinkins
Delivered On
January 12, 2014
Central Passage
2 Samuel 12:15-25
Subject
Second Sunday Service
Description

God never promised that everything we ask Him for would be granted; however, He did promise that everything we ask for, in accordance to His will, WOULD be granted.   This sermon helps us to put this in perspective that  there can be NO blessing in sin, period.  No amount of praying and fasting will change an issue's outcome when unrepented sin is present.  Sin must be acknowledged and repented for before God can consider our petitions.  That being said, its very important to remember that no matter what we may do or say to try to alter God's view or answer to a situation, God' final say is what matters.  God's will is what will stand.  As Christians, we must accept and respect God's will and praise Him for being the all-powerful, most loving, wise and just God that He is.  Ultimately, God's answer is the best answer for our lives and we should always praise Him and rejoice in knowing that He is always giving us His best.

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Special Commentary from the sermon text.  Data Source:  http://www.rondaniel.com/library/10-2Samuel/2Samuel1101.html

12:13-15 The Fruit Of Sin
Although David's sin was forgiven, and it was not a "sin unto death," he would still live with the repercussions of this sin for the rest of his life.  The first and most immediate result was that the child born to Bathsheba would die.

12:16-17 David Fasts
Nathan had told David clearly that the child would die. But David knew that in the past, God had heeded Moses' intercession on behalf of Israel, and relented from killing them all. Knowing this, David fasted.  Fasting is something that I find most Christians either know nothing about, or have no experience in. We haven't discussed it much in our Old Testament studies, because this is only the fourth time it has been mentioned in the Bible. But it does show up nearly 60 times in Scripture, so now may be a good time to examine and explain it.  Very simply, fasting is going for a period of time without food. Most people know that. As a matter of fact, we get our word "breakfast" from the fact that it is the meal that "breaks your fast" of the evening.  Where it gets difficult to define is trying to explain the purpose and result of fasting. What we should do is break fasting down into the various purposes it serves. We'll look at just one example for each purpose.  In Judges 20, the Israelites fasted all day before inquiring of the Lord as to whether they should go to battle. They were either cleansing themselves and denying their flesh, that they might hear clearly from God.  In 1Samuel 31, when King Saul was killed, the men of Jabesh-gilead buried his bones and then fasted seven days. They fasted out of their sorrow.  Here in 2Samuel 12, David is fasting in hopes that God will change His mind about killing his child, appealing to his grace. When Elijah prophesied against King Ahab for his wickedness in 1Kings 21, Ahab fasted. He did this to humble himself before the Lord.  Jehoshaphat proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah in 2Chronicles 20. This was to turn their attention and seek the Lord. The Jews sought God's intervention on their behalf in the book of Esther by fasting for three days before Esther appealed to the king. So fasting has many purposes. Humbling yourself, mourning over loss, or sorrow for sin. Seeking God's direction, mercy, or favor.

Now, Jesus added this teaching to the concept of fasting: Matt. 6:16-18 “And whenever you fast, do not put on a gloomy face as the hypocrites do, for they neglect their appearance in order to be seen fasting by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. But you, when you fast, anoint your head, and wash your face so that you may not be seen fasting by men, but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will repay you."  Maybe you think that fasting isn't for today, but Jesus said it was. He said of his followers, Luke 5:35 “But the days will come; and when the bridegroom is taken away from them, then they will fast in those days.” Jesus has been physically gone for the last 2,000 years. We should be fasting. But unfortunately, it has all but disappeared. The early church fasted:Acts 13:2-3 And while they were ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then, when they had fasted and prayed and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.Acts 14:23 ...they had appointed elders for them in every church, having prayed with fasting...If you need to hear from God, deny your flesh, confess your sin, or humble yourself, fasting is a valuable tool. 


12:18-23 The Child Dies, David Worships
When David knew that the child was dead, he washed, worshiped the Lord, and ate. Two things I notice about this passage. Number one is that he worshiped the Lord. Does that amaze you? Where is your walk with Him today? Do you have confidence that you could suffer such a terrible thing and then worship? Could you say like Job, Job 13:15 “Though He slay me, I will hope in Him..."  David knew that God's judgments are righteous and true.

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