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Small Sin, Large Grace
Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18

from the book
Sermons on the First Readings
Series III, Cycle B

Donna E. Schaper

2 Samuel 11:26--12:13a


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This pericope is in two parts. First there is the testimony of Nathan against David. A little trap is laid about another man who has stolen a lamb. David answers without self-consciousness. Nathan has to tell David, "You are the man who has stolen the sheep." "You are the one who should be punished." We are reminded of that wonderful part of the Lord's Prayer, "Forgive us our sins -- debts -- trespasses -- as we forgive those who sin against us." David indeed has stolen the wife of Uriah from him. David has not tamed his lust toward Bathsheba.

The second part is the divine judgment against David. He does take Bathsheba as his stolen wife. She does bear a son. The son dies. First, David receives the judgment of his dear friend Nathan. Then he receives the judgment of his God. In that judgment he loses the coveted son of the beautiful woman for whom he has been willing ...

This Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 sermon, Small Sin, Large Grace, is based on 2 Samuel 11:26--12:13a and relates to Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 of Cycle B of the lectionary. This sermon is excerpted from the book Sermons on the First Readings . SermonSuite offers online sermons and professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, children's sermons, sermon illustrations, worship resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary worship, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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