Jehovah Mekodeshkem: “I Am who Makes You Holy”. Exodus:31:12-17
As a Christian I am rightly concerned about sin, both in myself and in others (hopefully more in myself than in others). On the other hand, Christianity is all about Grace. So when I come to a point where I must choose grace or law, which one should I chose? I can make a wrong choice, based on good intentions, in either Law or Grace. So the question really is this; would I rather err on the side of Law (be too legalistic) or on the side of Grace, appearing to be too tolerant. I know that Grace can cover Law, fulfill Law and even correct Law.
This sermon is very close to my heart. It covers a lot that I have learned the hard way. Anger is in and of itself not a sin. It is a door to go through either toward God or toward sin. It is also called a stage of grief; I agree. The thing about a stage is that you are not supposed to stay there.
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I have spent many hours reading the life of David and reading other people's thoughts on him. I am struck by something I do not see anyone mentioning. David was a great leader of men. From the time he fled from Saul to the end of his life many men followed him. It is often implied that he was a poor leader of his family after the sin with Bathsheba. I am no longer so sure of that. I believe that David was made weak by his sin and failures and by the sin and failures of those who followed him.