Monday, July 30, 2012

Sermon: Pentecost 9B

Talk about an overly inflated sense of entitlement. It seems that David believed everything belonged to him, even the women.

We don’t think of David as a peeping tom, but that’s what we have here. Why David was spying on Bathsheba when she was having a bath raises more uncomfortable questions about David’s character than perhaps we want to ask.

After all, his story started so well! David is the shepherd boy who slew the giant Goliath with a sling-shot. He’s the unlikely child elevated to king over all of God’s people. He was the golden boy chosen to lead God’s people into a glorious era of prosperity and peace. God had great plans for David.

But here we have a David who behaves like a spoiled frat boy rather than the wise king that we expect from him.

And this was no mere youthful indiscretion or a case of “boys will be boys.”

What David did was an act of (whole thing here)


Walter said...

I think you presented a side of David's character that is not often alluded to. Your drawing of his frail humanity into the realm of God's grace is a message we often need to hear, and which you certainly clearly spelled out in your sermon. Thank you for sharing your sermon with us.

Kevin Powell said...

Thanks, Walter.