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God Would Spare Us

Philosophy View of Spare

▪ Not being used especially held for emergency

▪ Being over and above what is needed

▪ Not liberal or profuse

▪ Healthily lean

▪ Not abundant or plentiful

Biblical View of Spare

And afterward, saith the LORD, I will deliver Zedekiah king of Judah, and his servants, and the people, and such as are left in this city from the pestilence, from the sword, and from the famine, into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and into the hand of their enemies, and into the hand of those that seek their life: and he shall smite them with the edge of the sword; he shall not SPARE them, neither have pity, nor have mercy.

Jeremiah 21:7 KJV

He who did not SPARE his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Romans 8 :32 NIV

Have you ever thought about sinning and not getting caught? We can sometimes fool ourselves into thinking no one will know, or we may even say to ourselves let’s try to cover up our tracks but it is not possible. God knows all and can choose for us not to get away with it. As Moses who is the author of Numbers stated, you may be sure that your sin will find you out.

But if you fail to do this, you will be sinning against the LORD; and you may be sure that your sin will find you out. Numbers 32:23 KJV

Many of us as Christians tend not to follow the teaching of the bible so we sin daily without knowing. The concept of sin is the concept of a human fault that offends a good God and brings with it human guilt. Scriptures gives us a few examples of this principle, none more pronounced than in life of King David. King David thought he could cover up his sin with Bathsheba, but God didn’t allow David to get away with it. After being confronted by Nathan the prophet, David confessed his sin and receive forgiveness. But even confession and forgiveness didn't stop the repercussions of David’s sin that rippled through his family.

Being sorry doesn't change the thing that you are sorry about. David was sorry he had sinned with Bathsheba and wrote Psalm 51 to describe his sorrow and repentance. The Book of Psalm 51:3 tells us that David had recognised how badly he had messed up but being sorry didn't bring their baby or Uriah back from the dead. Being sorry didn't mend Bathsheba’s broken heart either.

For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.

Psalm 51:3 KJV

Some Illustrations of How God Spares Us When We Sin

▪ God will forgive murder, but he will not always stop you from going to jail, even for life.

▪ God will forgive the adulterer, but that adulterous person may lose their spouse.

▪ God will forgive the drug addict, but their mind might be mentally destroyed.

▪ God will forgive the prostitutes, but the memories may destroy the mind if they do not seek help.

▪ God will forgive the alcoholic, but the alcohol may have already interfered with the brain’s communication pathways and can affect the way the brain looks and works.

There are consequences to sin. We live in a fallen world and sin is inevitable but as believers we should strive to be as holy as God would have us, much better not to sin in the first place and be spared the consequences.

There is a Proverb found in the Book of Ezekiel the Prophet “The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge’?” (Ezekiel 18:2).

What mean ye, that ye use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying, the fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge?

Ezekiel 18 :2 KJV

Because of David’s behaviour it had serious consequences on his family, Absalom was one of David’s sons affected by some of his actions. Absalom’s name means father of peace, or “peaceful.” According to the Hebrew bible Absalom was the third son of David.

Hebrew name for Absalom ---- אבסלום

Greek name for Absalom --- Αβεσσαλώμ

English name for Absalom —Absalom

Despite the world he was born into, his father David named him “peaceful.”

Absalom rebeled against his father, he raped his father’s concubines in public and tried to take his father’s life. I feel like some of these happened as a result of David’s sin. This story is told in 2nd Samuel 13-18.

David had a general who was the commander of his army, his name was Joab the son of Zeruiah, and he was also the nephew of David. Joab had received a message from David delivered by Uriah, Bathsheba’s husband. David’s intention was to get Uriah out of the way to hide what he had done so he was placed on the front where the battle was the fiercest by David, then the men would pull back so that he would be killed.

In it he wrote, “Put Uriah out in front where the fighting is fiercest. Then withdraw from him so he will be struck down and die.” 2nd Samuel 11:15 NIV

Was General Joab’s decision to kill Absalom?

Joab said, “I’m not going to wait like this for you.” So, he took three javelins in his hand and plunged them into Absalom’s heart while Absalom was still alive in the oak tree.

2nd Samuel18: 14 NIV

Coming back from watching his boss’s cold-heartedness (lacking sympathy or feeling, indifferent or unkind).

Did Joab later join Adonijah’s rebellion against Solomon?

When the news reached Joab, who had conspired with Adonijah though not with Absalom, he fled to the tent of the LORD and took hold of the horns of the altar. 1st Kings 2:28 NIV

Upon his reflection Joab felt disappointed with King David’s leadership’.

YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW. The far- reaching results of sin are devastating but God can choose to spare us just like he did David.


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