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Consequences, Part 2

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March 30, 2020 9:00 am

Consequences, Part 2

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March 30, 2020 9:00 am

According to Romans 8, there’s no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. So why do believers still face consequences for sin?   Pastor J.D. answers that question as we look at the tragic story of King David, who lost his family and kingdom through a single night of lust. But thankfully, that’s not where his story ends!

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Message of hope from Jeannie Greer.

Some of you are suffering individually from the direct consequences of your sin but you see, Jesus took the ultimate penalty for that sin, because that staying out of it were that was given to David is given to you. You will not die in your life will not be characterized by debit destruction. God's goodness and his mercy will follow you all the days of your life still faced consequences first and for joining us today on Summit life with pastor, author and theologian Judy Greer.

I'm only been a bench when a series called search for a king, and if you missed any of the previous messages you can hear them online@jeanniegreer.com today were looking at the tragic story of King David who lost his family and his kingdom through a single night reckless and thankfully that's not where historian after JD titled this message. Consequences will show is what the consequences of sin often look like and try to show you what God's grace does and does not do routers consequences what I am hoping to show you this way for the life of David is that sin does have consequences.

Painful consequences.

You have a Bible orchard over the second single 12 we left David Bessie last week. This way, but there was this David committed adultery with Bathsheba was another man's wife better kid out of wedlock and the David had her husband killed so chapter 12 verse 13. The prophet tells Nathan on she made about God, about God is put away your sin, David shall not die, then Nathan goes on to tell him. Three other things at that are the consequences of that sin, you are forgiven you will not die but verse 10 sword shall never depart from your house. Verse 11. Your wives shall be unfaithful to you. Verse 14, the son born to you from this affair will die in the next five chapters are to show you all that plays out. Now these 5 Chapters Way too much for me to read, so I was gonna walk you through would summarize most of it like a single 13 David's firstborn son is named Amnon. He developed a rather perverse crush on his on his half-sister today more Amnon hatches up like what he could get his half-sister came alone, and any rights or where is that all of this after she's right he finds out about it. I guess what he does nothing. The man of courage, you would set up the Goliath did nothing for his little girl.

What Absalom who is Taymor's full brother he hears about all of this and he can't believe what is happened to his sister and he cannot believe that nobody especially his daddy didn't do a thing about Amnon starts to plot his own revenge against Amnon. What is Absalom starts to plot vengeance on Amnon chapter 13 verse 28 says that eventually Absalom got Amnon away from the palace got him drunk and then murdered him to after Absalom murders Amnon.

He flees for his life three years. He's all David knows exactly where he is but never one time goes after him, or even send word to him. Eventually Joab who is basically the captain of David's army comes David and says they would let me bring your son back. David finally consents and Joab brings Absalom back to Jerusalem. Chapter 14 verse 24 jumped on their Absalom comes back into Jerusalem is my goal for three years comes all the way up to the palace where David lives. David makes what I believe is one of the biggest mistakes of his life. He refuses to see Absalom and for two years. He refuses to speak. Absalom begins the plot against his father to take the kingdom from his daddy. By the way, that happens a lot of father-son relationships because of his deep disappointment in his daddy's deep love and admiration for his daddy turned into hatred and then when the time is right. He states his coup and drove David out of the palace and it says is a show of power you set up a pavilion on the roof and slept some of David's wives. Absalom steals everything a man has and sleeps with his wives on the roof.

Absalom is just repeating the study, said chapter 15 verse 30 says that David begins to flee for his life from Absalom. Eventually the tide turns.

And David is able to muster enough of his army to go take back his kingdom.

Absalom and his followers were driven out into the wilderness.

But David is the Army's chasing Absalom's lien soldiers gives them explicit instructions to respond diligently for my sake with the young man Absalom, David's men quickly surround Absalom when the guy says and what dense enough to touch the sky. Joyce's nonsense so he gets three javelins verse 14 and he thrust them through Absalom's heart finally disses him as he runs that he got news that the battle is been one and Absalom the trader is dead.

The next verse is one of the saddest, most pitiful scenes in all the Old Testament to me. Verse 30 3C as he went weeping. He said all my house I sign my sign is the first time in this whole story but David is use the word son for Absalom. This is this one that I died instead of you all. Absalom assignments so ends this tragic story of David and the son Absalom questions that you should always ask yourself whenever you read a biblical story is Weitzen will clearly it's in there to show us the consequences of sin and to warn us for making decisions that sometimes some ways are reversible and yes it is in there to show especially you men to be proactive in your families can't wait to say before you can get to either of those applications listen before you can get to that, at least in a helpful way you can see that this story has a much more primal purpose much more basic and fundamental purpose and that is to show you that David is not the king that were searching for the king that we need the father we need is like David in some ways, but is so much more than David King and a father who would prevail were David failed. Therefore David's not search for the king is already ends overlooking forcing God see the reality is that all of us like Absalom, all of us have rebelled against God. All of us have stolen God's kingdom. Our father's kingdom for ourselves and all of us have publicly humiliated him on the rooftops of our lives. But here's the difference Absalom is driven to that rebellion. Because of David's failures. We rebelled against God, even after he had been the perfect father to us and Jesus showed us the love that David failed to show Absalom remember when Absalom came home they refusing to meet him at the gate to see your face. Jesus told story don't have some criminal member that what that daddy did that instead of the gate every day looking for the return of the son the moment he sees across that he'll he strips off his robe humiliates himself and to him before he started to get an apology out of his mouth is that is covering him with tears with blessing clothing him with a new rope pouring out forgiveness and love on him before the sky could even show got an apology says it David see this sled from his son did this the Mount of olives away from Jerusalem and away from danger. Jesus ran to us is a strange sons and daughters down the Mount of olives into Jerusalem and into danger at the very end. David could not and did not save Absalom's life. At least he could not save thousands life and preserve the kingdom when Absalom died, David said, my son Absalom, my son, my son. I wish I could have died in your place. You should hear in those words, Jesus was cry for you. Matthew 23 tells us that when Jesus came into Jerusalem to die on the cross he stopped on the amount of violence to Jerusalem.

It's a mess, Jerusalem, Jerusalem went together you to myself and on the cross.

He says my son, father forgive them because they don't know what they're doing what he was saying was of you and me, my son, my son, because God so love the world gave his only son, whosoever would believe in him and not perish but have eternal life died, Absalom's place, but Jesus could diner place and he did. Jesus did for us, his sons and daughters what David could not do for his own and so Absalom died hanging in a tree with a spear for his rebellion thrust through his heart, Jesus died in a tree with a spear for our rebellion thrust his Jesus is the true work and the better David Jesus is the real King Jesus is the ultimate father.

That's because he's not just King and father is Savior and Redeemer. That is where our search for a team ends after you seeing that point that's important. What is remarkable. Get this. What is remarkable is that seeing that about Jesus. Listen, is what gives you the ability to have hope in the painful consequences of your sin and what gives you the ability to break the cycle sin in your family and explain even David had consequences for his sin, God still had a plan for David God had promised David in Psalm 23 to give them an eternal kingdom uses life a good Psalm 23 God says of David.

Surely goodness and mercy will follow you all the days of your life.

That verse is not stop being true, God still has a good plan for good in David's life and God still uses David's family to bring the Messiah to earth.

Some of you are dealing with the consequences of your sin and one since we all are you the world we live in is under a general curse because of our sin and because of that general cursed people get hurt people get divorced and we separate people get sick and people die. Some of you are suffering individually from the direct consequences of your sin, your broken marriage.

You have a strange son or daughter you got a body that's messed up because of drugs. You lost your job because you cheated but you see, Jesus took the ultimate penalty for that sin and because he took that staying out of it were that was given the David is given to you. You will not die in your life will not be characterized by death and destruction God's goodness and his mercy will follow you all the days of your life. Psalm 23, six working in all things. Ephesians 194 your good and his glory. Romans 828. Your sin is not the final word over you, you hear that some of you are divorced. That is not the final word. Your identity is not a divorced person you are a child of God, you lost your virginity you got fired from your job or stealing. You have a problem with your temper and you abuse your child.

You were an alcoholic. You abuse drugs, but in Christ, you are not an adult or a thief or an abuser in Christ you have a new identity reality. Those previous words about you were in one sense true because you had committed adultery you had stolen you abuse but God speaks a truer and louder word over you in the gospel is like out shouts. The truth of your past mistakes with a lower word. The adulterer the liar and the abuser died with Christ, the new you will you has been raised together with Christ new life. Some of you feel abandoned, relationally by spouse by parent by a child, but you are not abandoned ultimately Jesus experienced ultimate relational pain.

Jesus experienced ultimate abandonment.

He was forsaken by the father, so you would never, never, not even in your darkest hour when everyone is turned against you. You would never have to face ultimate abandonment so I can know that even in my darkest hour. When I walked to the valley of the shadow of death I fear no evil, because thou art with me and even when other relationships are gone that when remains so when I relationally abandon.

I'm not ultimately abandon and yes your sin from the past has consequences. Painful consequences.always take dollars away the broken bone in the black. I will still hurt, but God has taken the ultimate penalty for our sin and therefore strips sin of its sting, so that God even works predictably now through your painful consequences for your good and his plan and his glory. Listen, so you can find this hard to believe but he can and he will use even the most painful self-inflicted consequences for your sin. He will use those for your good and for his glory for his perfect plan.

I know that you find hard to believe but that's just the mystery of God's grace God takes the cross and turns it into the resurrection. It is a word picture of use. Review several times but so clear that what government will get you again because it really helps people see what's going on the last archaeologist years ago uncovered the remains of a tribe in Mesopotamia that was famous throughout the whole region of Mesopotamia for the kind of power they made know lots of people in those days my pottery. But this particular tribe had one technique. Nobody else use and that was they would finish making this beautiful large base. This pipe they would hold it over a rock and they would drop it and shatter it in the hundreds of pieces. Then they would pick up the pieces and they would take melted gold and they would piece back together that shattered pot so that now in the cracks in the broken places. There was gold so that the value of that pipe having been broken put together was greater even than the value of it had never been shattered. What happens is some of you been shattered by other peoples injustice toward you. Some of you are broken shatter because of your own dumb decisions. I'm telling you that God can take those broken pieces piece you back together with his presence and his grace in a way that gives you more value and gives you more joy in what is put back together now knit together, through his grace and his presence that he would never been broken. To begin with. That's why Romans 828 says all things work together for good to them who love God all things is all things include the injustices of others to you doesn't work with the Greek word that is used in trends in all unit literally means all that's what you need me tell you stuff like that all justice is the most this all include your own dumb decisions. All me all things work together for good. God really waives takes his grace and turns pain caused by others because by you and the triumph the tragedy is that David really lived with the awareness of all this, he could save his family a lot of heartache if David had just recognized the goodness of God toward him and David had modeled his own fatherhood after the fatherhood of God, things might've so much different than proactive and present in his kids lives. Not apathetic about maybe, just maybe, the reason he had never had the courage to confront his own sons in their sin is because he felt like he had lost his moral authority and he was in adulterer everybody knew that that's what the story of CPI I think shows you David here's Jim Eli's curses and says maybe God has told him to curse me know smoking forgiveness and healing to David. David was not perfect. Yes, he was a sinner but you taste of God's grace and his goodness, and I would suggest you that had he grasped that it would have given him an even greater authority and even greater ability to speak to Absalom and am not some of you feel like because of your sin, because your kids know about yourself, you can't speak for many more. You can't confront them in the wrong decisions or make you because you've lost that moral authority but if you have repented and you have grasped the gospel, you can save them. Listen, I'm not perfect. You know that I'm not telling you to be just like me in many ways. You, my child, you need to forgive me but let me tell you how good God is and let me tell you the grace of God is done for me and I would suggest to you that God's grace gives you a greater authority in your kids lives in your profession would because you are able to show them that you just like them in the same grace and salvation that you had access to. They have access to as well with my kids listen I make it a point to admit my sin in front of them right you that when I was on for start out as a parent I used to think that only teach my kids I'm center so I need to make sure that every once in a while when I have an argument with my wife.

I do it in front of my kids never one time had to intentionally do that okay. It always just happens almost to know my kids say kids data center that a selfish daddy sometimes loses his temper that he sometimes speaks harshly. Daddy sometimes stingy. Now what you look up your daddy. But the thing I want you to look at is not your daddy's life. What you look at you guys. God is your daddy needs grace is found at the foot of Jesus and at the same place you could buy grace and I would suggest to you that you will be a better parent when you're pointing people to Jesus when you're pointing to yourself because of your children simply try to emulate you though either become Pharisees or failures.

But if you can point your kids to the river of grace flowing from across.

You will find that your parenting becomes much more relevant because you identify them with them in their pain and pointing to the same saver you have experienced what I'm trying to say is God's grace to free you from the paralysis of guilt, if anything, it makes it even easier for you to take the focus off of you and put it on the God what belongs by my quick embracing what God has remade you and the gospel will help you break that cycle of sin so that you were abused as kids. Now you're starting to abuse her own children so you work come from a divorced home and now you're going to the processes that lead to divorce. You were treated unfairly and I you treat others unfairly. Some of you women have been neglected by her husband know what you're doing is passively aggressively getting them back and paying them back to the silent treatment or by withholding sex or by just be a general jerk of them all you're doing is just repeating the sins of others. It's a way of assuaging your own pain like Absalom did. It worked out well for Absalom is not a work out well for you either. You don't have to do that. See you don't have to. There's a better way by embracing God's grace and his new plan for you by re-believing the gospel, you can break that cycle of generational sin.

God has a good plan that trumps everything that others have done to you and you have done to yourself, his sovereign grace to take even the bad decisions of others and even your own stupid decisions and use them for good which you got access to power by faith. When you believe God starts to actualize redemption in your family because Jesus cried.

It is finished you can begin your new life is a song we sing while growing up in church or something here from time to time will oversee because of this he breaks the power of canceled sin sets the prisoner free his blood to make the phallus clean his blood fell for me what what I love that song that personal phrase he breaks the power of canceled sin cancel sin across Jesus canceled the penalty for my sin forever, but he sometimes that canceled sin can still leverage a certain power my life how I see myself how I treat my children what showing is that Isaiah, embrace the gospel.

He breaks the power of canceled sin. The cross removed the penalty of your sin. The resurrection shattered its power because the cross can wipe away the guilt of your past and the resurrection can re-create your future because it shows you the life that God intends for you is not a cycle of condemnation like they got intense for you as goodness and mercy, and redemption and what needs to happen with some of you is you need to get out of the grave and get on with the new life that God has begun in and through you and is waiting there for you. That's what needs to happen because Jesus said it is finished your new life can begin it's time to get on out of the grave and live according to what the gospel says is true about your future, and about your present is broken the power of canceled sin not just embrace it. That's why always tell you the gospel not only saves you from your past and not only delivers you in the future. The gospel releases you in your present for you. Got a return to it and believe it by believing actualize the power of it in your life.

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