2 Sam 12:1-13 “And the LORD sent Nathan unto David. And he came unto him, and said unto him, There were two men in one city; the one rich, and the other poor. The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds: But the poor man had nothing, save one little ewe lamb, which he had bought and nourished up: and it grew up together with him, and with his children; it did eat of his own meat, and drank of his own cup, and lay in his bosom, and was unto him as a daughter. And there came a traveler unto the rich man, and he spared to take of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress for the wayfaring man that was come unto him; but took the poor man’s lamb, and dressed it for the man that was come to him. And David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man; and he said to Nathan, As the LORD liveth, the man that hath done this thing shall surely die: And he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity. And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul; And I gave thee thy master’s house, and thy master’s wives into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things. Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon.10 Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife. Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbor, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun. For thou didst it secretly: but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun. (13) And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die.”
David didn’t deny his sin. He admitted it. God gave him another chance—not just a second chance—another chance.
We need more than a second chance, we need another chance!
Jesus gave forgiveness and mercy not 7 times 7, but 70 times 7. He is not the God of a second chance. He is the God of an infinite amount of chances.
Jer 29:13 13 “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.”
God said to me one night, “I’ve never used anybody that felt worthy.” Everyone who’s been used by God has experienced mercy. He is the God of another chance.
We cannot do or be anything without His mercy. If we leave that understanding, He will leaving His using of us. It doesn’t matter where you are, a lion’s den, a pit, the belly of a whale, a fiery furnace, God will meet you with mercy.
It’s not about you, it’s about His mercy. He is the God who gives you another chance.
Mercy still reigns.
God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.
Even when judgement is poured out, God still rains mercy. Even when God judged the world, God spared Noah and his family. God showed mercy to the woman at the well.
It is alright to feel like you can’t do it without God.
We have the power of choice and so does God. Do you think God would choose to go to church here? He will show up at whatever (and however many) He chooses to go to.
If you have done wrong and are busted, look up and ask for mercy. He will give it!
His mercy endures forever.
Is 55:6 “Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:”
We can’t change God. Jesus was an extension of the throne in heaven, the revelation of who God has always been. Jesus came with mercy, revealing who God is. He still judges, but He is also merciful to those who seek him.
I John 1:7-10 “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”
If we live like we don’t need God, He won’t reach for us. “When the devil comes your way, turn out all the lights, lay on the floor and cry out ‘HELP!’ That freaks out the devil when you cry out to God” —Jeff Arnold.
Sometimes you feel the devil is messing with you, it’s really the mercy of God lifting because you’re not seeking Him.
Mercy and truth are united in Jesus Christ.
Mercy and grace are interchangeable in some translations. If you repent, He’ll forgive. Governed by truth, mercy shows up every time. There is nothing that you can do to change God. You can’t be so wrong and so carnal and so dumb, that God will give up on you. If it’s in the book, He’s not going to change His mind.
David found mercy. He was a warrior. He was tough. He had great people skills and was a gentleman. Men respected him, ladies loved him, and his enemies feared him. He is famous and elevated to sit on the throne of God’s people.
He decided to take a break. He had ‘David’s mighty men’, tougher than tough, 33 of them altogether. These men lived near him in the palace. One of them was Uriah, his buddy. He saw Uriah’s wife on the rooftop and wanted her. He wasn’t doing what he should’ve been doing. He thought ‘I can do this.’ Peter says, ‘Cast all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you.”
You think God wants you cast all your worries on Him, but that’s not what it says. It says ‘cast all your worries, even the ones you think you’ve got covered.’ It’s like trying to feed a child who wants to do it themselves. They end up getting more on themselves than in their mouths. We laugh at that, but that’s how we are in the Spirit. His mercy comes off for a little bit and we feel hunger pangs and we seek Him. That’s what He’s waiting for. He has all that we can handle and more and we NEED Him.
You’ve got to cast your cares on Him who cares for you!
His mercy endures even on people who are lost. If they will just reach out, He will give you what you need.
Mercy triumphs over judgement. Mercy wins every time.
God had a proclamation that if you commit adultery, you shall be stoned. David did it in secret. Nathan said it was him. David got down and repented of his sin. He bent down and put aside his crown and put dirt on his head and said, ‘I have sinned.’ God kept back His judgement. Now, the judgement came and his son died, but mercy spared David. He was still in the lineage of Jesus Christ.
Psalm 51:7 “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.”
Hyssop is what was used to apply blood on the doorposts. This was used to ‘un-sin’ him. Apply the blood.
Heb 9:22 “And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.”
‘Baptism doth also now save us.’
‘There is therefore now no condemnation.’ Rom 8:1
‘If you confess your sin, Jesus is faithful to forgive and cleanse.’
If it’s under the blood, there is nothing anybody can do to fish it out!
Excerpted from a sermon by Pastor Anthony LoCascio.
If you are in the Chicagoland area, come to The Life Church located at 3030 Central Road in Glenview, IL. Services are Sundays at 1pm and Wednesdays at 7pm.