When the Prophet Nathan confronted King David with the king’s adultery, he demonstrated the challenges that face all those who would speak God’s truth to a sinful and fallen world both in his time and today.
Like Daniel, exiled in Babylon, many church members today during this current lockdown have become exiled: from community, fellowship, and the communion table.
The Covid-19 crisis is a reminder of how the world lives in the fear of death and in the grip of uncertainty. We who do not fear death or panic in the face of uncertainty must be prepared to display our certain hope wherever and whenever it is needed.
David's desire to build a suitable house for God is met with a prophecy from Nathan which reveals that God already has his own plans for a house and for David's royal line which is Christ and the Church.
There is a sense of anticipation for Simeon and Anna as they beheld the infant Christ on his day of dedication in the temple because he was the fulfillment of God's promise both to the world and to them.
The closing of this letter is no more a light dessert than the opening is simply an appetizer; it ties together the theme of the letter and would have been written with Paul's own hand.
Paul's worries about the difficulties the young church in Thessalonica faced are relieved by Timothy's report of their great faith and love which gives Paul himself great encouragement amidst his own difficulties.
David concludes that we should wake up and praise God because we all have significance to him and so, God's faithful love can not be drowned out in our personal circumstances or in the midst of the Church's contemporary cultural challenges.
The folly of Nabal's hostile reaction to David's men when they ask for food after guarding his shepherds for a season, is countered by the wisdom of his wife, Abigail, which brings about a peaceful resolution.
David first needed the protection of Jonathan's friendship, and then God's spirit among the prophets, and now the covenant he made with Jonathan which reflects the Covenant of Grace that God has with David's descendants.
Christ's resurrection at Easter is the pivot upon which everything in the Christian faiths turns. We either reject the resurrection of Christ and remain blind to the truth or we believe and trust in Christ and are released from the power of sin and death.