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God Takes Sin Seriously

God can build a temple out of our sin.

Introduction

Has it taken you a long time to get where you are today? Maybe you’re in a good place in life right now, but it was a long road getting there. Maybe you’re in a challenging time in your life. Has it taken a long time to get where you are today? Have you ever gone to the rooftop of your mind and gazed out beyond your career and accomplishments, your accolades, your wealth and possessions, and remembered just how long it took you to get where you are? Those early flops and failures, the education and internships, the gains and the losses. Has it taken you a long time to get where you are today?

David waited so long to take hold of the throne, to take hold of the power and position of king. From the time he was anointed by the prophet Samuel to the time he reigned as king, 15 years had passed. Fifteen years from the time he held the staff of a shepherd to the scepter of a king. During that time he served Saul, then was pursued by Saul. David was a fugitive, on the run in the wilderness, through the hills and valleys, hidden among the caves. Saul’s armies chased him in hot pursuit of the young warrior, musician, and poet. David waited so long to take hold of the throne, to take hold of the power and position of king. But he didn’t wait alone. A loyal group of mighty warriors fought alongside him. They fought for him. During that long period of waiting to take hold of the kingdom, pockets of people scattered throughout the realm stood behind David and cheered him on while others hurled rocks and insults. David waited so long to become king. In times of solitude, tucked away in a cave under cover from the enemy, he penned poetry—prayers to God—to the God he loved and worshiped and ...

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Patricia Batten is a Ranked Adjunct Assistant Professor of Preaching at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and serves as an interim pastor at Community Congregational Church in Billerica, MA.

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