CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

March 28, 2011

Lenten Study: Seven Deadly Sins—Lust #3: A Tragic Cover-up Plot


CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

LENTEN STUDY: 7 DEADLY SINS

LUST #3: A TRAGIC COVER-UP PLOT

MONTE W. HOLLAND

 INTRODUCTION

     The following study is a journey through Lent, the forty-day pre-Easter season (which excludes Sundays).  Easter’s date, determined by the time of the first full moon after the Spring equinox, is very late this year.

     Traditionally, many Christians use Lent for self-examination and a renewal of their commitment to their faith.

     This year I  chose to do a devotional study on aspects of the Seven Deadly Sins, sins identified by very early Christians as key behaviors separating man from God and God’s will. The seven sins are not listed together in the Bible—each is, however, spoken about in various Scripture sites.

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THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS:

GREED, ENVY, ANGER, LUST, GLUTTONY, SLOTH and PRIDE.

THE ASPECTS OF THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS ARE:

#1 Breaking the Mosaic Law

#2 Defying God or rebelling against God

#3 Acts of violence to others

#4 Failing to make proper sacrifices or worship

#5 Not living up to or reflecting God’s glory (not living as one created in God’s image)

LUST #3

A TRAGIC COVERUP PLOT

SCRIPTURE:  2 One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful, 3 and David sent someone to find out about her. The man said, “Isn’t this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite?” 4 Then David sent messengers to get her. She came to him, and he slept with her. (She had purified herself from her uncleanness.) Then she went back home. 5 The woman conceived and sent word to David, saying, “I am pregnant.” 6 So David sent this word to Joab: “Send me Uriah the Hittite.” And Joab sent him to David. 7 When Uriah came to him, David asked him how Joab was, how the soldiers were and how the war was going. 8 Then David said to Uriah, “Go down to your house and wash your feet.” So Uriah left the palace, and a gift from the king was sent after him. 9 But Uriah slept at the entrance to the palace with all his master’s servants and did not go down to his house….. 13 At David’s invitation, he ate and drank with him, and David made him drunk. But in the evening Uriah went out to sleep on his mat among his master’s servants; he did not go home. 14 In the morning David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it with Uriah. 15 In it he wrote, “Put Uriah in the front line where the fighting is fiercest. Then withdraw from him so he will be struck down and die.” 16 So while Joab had the city under siege, he put Uriah at a place where he knew the strongest defenders were. 17 When the men of the city came out and fought against Joab, some of the men in David’s army fell; moreover, Uriah the Hittite died. (2 Samuel 11:2-9, 14-17)

DEVOTION:       David and Bathsheba—It was springtime when the fancy of kings turns to war. Because David was getting older he sent out the head of his army to go to war with the troops. But David was not too old for that other fancy of springtime—lust and sex. Lust waits in the shadows for the most opportune moments—being alone with a person of the other sex or being near another’s spouse in his or her absence.

     Was what happened Bathsheba’s fault? After all she was young and beautiful and outside bathing in the sight of David, even though it was part of a religious ritual. How about David? Shouldn’t he have ceased pursuing her after he found her to be Uriah’s wife? Lust took over and sex and pregnancy came about, whether it was a King taking advantage of a subject or his subject not standing firm on her marriage vows.

     The worst is yet to come—the violence that lust brings. Uriah is brought home and honorably refuses to be a part of the King’s plot to cover up the lustful affair. He wouldn’t sleep with his wife while his comrades were still in battle. As our story unfolds, it cost Uriah his life by David’s order.

     Lust has consequences. Sometimes it only weakens a marriage relationship, but often it destroys marriage and impacts children and spouses and extended families in many ways. Too often someone dies. When we make room for lust for another person, we make room for the most severe consequences.

     The greatest is breaking our relationship with God, but violence to others is often there, too.

PRAYER:  Gracious God, lust is no small matter. Make us aware of our unreasonable desires and turn us toward a generosity and respect for others. May we abhor the consequences of lust, and see it for the dangerous sin that it is. Amen.

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To start at the beginning of this Lenten study on the Seven Deadly Sins, click on: Ash Wednesday: Intro to Lenten Study on the Seven Deadly Sins

To read the previous devotio n, click on: Lenten Study: 7 Deadly Sins—Anger #3: I Would Never Get That Angry, Would I?

To read the following devotion, click on: Lenten Study: 7 Deadly Sins—Gluttony #3: Themes From a Scattered Garden

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ADDITIONAL READING:

David, Our German Exchange Student: Part 1

Truth

ABRAHAM, SARAH, HAGAR and sons ISHMAEL and ISAAC

ARE YOU PUNISHING OR DISCIPLINING YOUR CHILD?

 Breaking the Cycle of Abuse: A Devotion

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