December 6, 2018 – Meet the Family: David
Lord God, sanctify us by your truth, your Word is truth. Amen.
Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. 2Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. 3For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. 4Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight; so you are right in your verdict and justified when you judge. 5 Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
David was a horrible sinner. We get just a glimpse of it here in Psalm 51. He had committed adultery with Bathsheba. But that wasn’t even the beginning of it. To get the whole story you can read 2 Samuel 11-12.
As much as David is known as a good man, he is also well-known as a sinner. It was something he struggled with his whole life. In Psalm 51:5 he confesses: Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. From the very beginning of his life in the womb, David admits and confesses to us that he was sinful.
We’re just like him. We can say this very same thing that David says. Surely, I was sinful at birth; sinful from the time my mother conceived me. We’re sinners right out of the starting gate. And that means we’re all capable of the very same things David was. Adultery. Murder. Laziness. Pride. Failure to confess sin.
But we’re not just capable of all these sins, we actually do commit these sins. Each of us falls into big time sin. If you hate someone or say hateful, angry things against someone, Jesus says that you’re a murderer just like David. If you lust for someone, Jesus says that you’re an adulterer, just like David was. I could go on. You’re just like David. You’re a sinner just like him.
And David is part of Jesus’ family tree. David is part of Jesus’ family. Look what God promised David, the notorious adulterer and murderer: Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever(2 Samuel 7:16). God was promising to David and to us a King whose throne would never go away.
Our Savior came from a family of sinners to save sinners. Jesus came from a line of sinful rebels, who were just like us, to save us. Now he sits on his throne to rule forever.
That is precisely what we see at Christmas. We see Jesus coming from a line of sinners. He took on the family tree of sinners; he even took on the sin of sinners. He made all of David’s sin, his own sin. He made all of our sins, his own sin. He paid the price for all of those sins, for David’s sins and Solomon’s sins. He took on our flesh to assure us that no sinner would ever be excluded from eternity.
Additional Reading: 2 Samuel 11-12
1. What sins did David commit? Did God forgive him?
2. What sins did you commit today?
3. Did Jesus die for them and wash them away? How do you know?
1. Read David’s story of sin in 2 Samuel 11-12. How do you see yourself in David’s story?
2. How do you see Jesus in David’s story?
Gracious Father, how false and full of sin we are. But your mercy and grace are greater. Cleanse us from our sin through daily repentance and the merits of Jesus. Give us a new heart that longs to live for you and your glory. Amen.