By: Tim Sader
2 Samuel 11:15
In it he wrote, “Put Uriah out in front where the fighting is fiercest. Then withdraw from him so he will be struck down and die.”
After learning about purity and good deeds we discussed how to shrewdly do what is right. We must be be creative in our daily lives and open to doing the Lords work even if it seems crazy. If we will think and make a plan we will get through any situation. A manager had been dishonest with some accounts so he owed money to the rich man he worked for. The rich man was going to fire him but the manager had no job skills so he devised a plan. He called the buyers doing business with his boss and charged them a lesser price to make up for over charging them. He was being slick giving them a deal so if he lost that job he would be able to find work with the buyers. However the rich man probably let him stay because he praised the manager for being looking out for himself. By doing what he could to try and make things right the manager changed how the rich man dealt with him. Those in the world are often more clever than believers. They are more alert and look for angles to survive. We are only good or bad not both. The world is shrewd to be wicked so we must be more so in our righteousness. Wisdom makes wealth so by using hard times to our advantage to do good we gain eternal wealth. The story of Elijah eating the widow’s bread is a good example of being shrewd. It made no sense but God said it, she obeyed so her flour and oil never ran out. The righteous will learn to shrewdly do what is right. If we will not do what is right we do what isn’t and that is sin. When we plant sin inside of us it grows in a variety of ways.
In Matthew 13 Jesus tells parables about seeds and weeds to explain the kingdom. When good seed fell among thorns it choked the seed and kept it from growing. The thorns (sins) grew instead of the seed. While the righteous were sleeping the enemy came and planted weeds to ruin the good harvest. When that sin grows to maturity the Lord will separate what grows up good from what isn’t. In His kingdom God will remove what causes sin and the evil from who choose to stay in sin. When evil desire conceives sin it creates sin and when sin is fully grown it leads to death (James 1:15). The most obvious way sin grows is by us repeating the same sin. Addictions, “hidden” evil, justifying bad behavior or rebellion to the Word is sin. If we choose to keep doing wrong sin is growing in our lives. Another way sin grows is through behaviors passed down to those we most influence. Lamech a direct descendant of Cain told his wives that he killed a young man for doing him harm. If Cain was avenged seven times Lamech would be punished far more because he knew better (Genesis 4:23-24). The sin grew from the sin he most knew so he murdered like his third great grandfather. The final way sin grows is by leaving us an open door to do other sins. In 2 Samuel 11 is the story of David and Bathsheba. When David seen her bathing he lusted after her, then he summoned her and they committed adultery. When he found out she was pregnant king David came up with a plan to deceive her husband. He found out Uriah was a soldier and David sent him to the frontlines so he would die. One small look grew into him committing murder to steal Uriah’s wife. As sin grows wickedness increases causing many fall away from the faith. We must be aware of how sin grows so it will not grow in us.
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