By Samuel O. Doku, (Washington, DC). The month of February is designated for the celebration of Black History, a history enshrined in Judeo-Christian ethos in a perennial reminder of the suffering, service, and sacrifice of black people to America and the rest of humanity. The experience of black America is seen as akin to the Jewish experience. When Ms. Michelle Tchatat chose the experience of King David to inform her prayer line message, she seemed to be reminding us that the Jewish experience is still very much part of our daily lives in Christian America.
One of the favorite reminders of the founder of Amazing Love Church Ministry Int’l, Senior Pastor Georges W. Ntemi is that if Adam and Eve had repented of their sin after disobeying the Almighty God, the fate of our humanity would have been totally different from what it is today. Probably, King David learned an invaluable lesson from our ancestors, so when he sinned, he quickly repented, but the Lord still exacted his wrath on him before forgiving him.
Sister Michelle’s reading for the morning was 2 Samuel 11. It is the well known story in Christendom of King David and Bathsheba. From the balcony of his palace, David saw Bathsheba, and her captivating beauty quickly turned him into a lustful king.
Lust turned into an unquenchable desire, and desire turned into reality when as king, David had authority over everything, so he summoned Bathsheba into his palace and had intercourse with her. David got to know that Bathsheba was the wife of Uriah, a soldier serving in the Israeli military. To shorten a long story, David asked Joab to send Uriah to the battlefront to be killed, and it happened. King David had committed murder.
As Sister Michelle affirmed, “David was someone God had blessed tremendously. David was chosen by God so He showered his favor and mercy on him. God anointed him and used him to glorify his name, so David had a great zeal to work for God, but he jeopardized all of that with lust and desire that turned into murder. We have to compare our lives to David and learn from his experience.”
Ms. Tchatat noted that sometimes, we work so hard only to allow our iniquity to derail our diligence. “Initially David didn’t know he would commit adultery when he admired Bathsheba. But admiration turned into his killing Uriah. Sometimes, things we say to others can destroy their lives. We need to take our spiritual lives seriously. We are in the house of God, but we keep planning for the downfall of others. We gossip.
“David was blessed; he had his wife and children. Selfish desires could bring us down. Our downfall can start by looking at others or saying what we shouldn’t say. It can start with anything. If you open your heart to sin, sin would come in. We should be careful of the things we say and do,” noted Ms. Tchatat.
On the consequences of David’s seduction and marriage to Bathsheba, she observed that Prophet Nathan came to David to remind him of his sin and God’s wrath against him. Because of David’s sin, his first son with Bathsheba died, even after David had prayed and fasted for seven days; violence was also unleashed in his own family. Ms. Tchatat cited 2 Samuel 12 in support of her explication.
His son, Ammon raped his half-sister Tamar whereupon Absalom had Ammon killed. Later, Absalom would rebel against his father, in an attempt to overthrow and kill him, but God showed his mercy on the king, and Absalom became the vanquished.
“Do good unto one another; don’t do evil. You reap what you sow, and God exacts his revenge. There is no antidote to evil because you cannot take it back. Bless unceasingly; don’t curse. Like Pastor Georges always says, ‘if you have nothing good to say, just keep quiet.’ Our God is a God of order. If you are out of order, he would bring you back, like he did to David, but always remember to repent and ask for forgiveness.”
Ms. Tchatat then expressed her gratitude to God that we are no longer under the laws of the Old Testament. “We have to please God with our life styles so that we always have good testimonies to glorify his name. Our good life styles can convert others into Christianity. Let’s put our lives in order,” counseled Ms. Tchatat.
She went on: “2017 is a year of prosperity; don’t be fooling around. Say to yourself, I have to be blessed greatly this year, no matter what.’ Keep your life in him who is greater. When you sow what is good; you would reap what is good. Put your faith in God, and the dividends will be high,” said Ms. Tchatat in her concluding message.
Pastor Jean Paul Ntap added that Ms. Tchatat’s message is powerful to all who want to build their lives in Christ. He noted: “To receive favor, live righteous lives. David’s life regarding Bathsheba, didn’t please God. God can open doors and can also destroy some things in our lives. We should serve God with all our heart, mind, and body. Our character, habit, and life styles should help others glorify the name of the Lord. Cultivate a heart full of forgiveness, peace, joy, and mercy,” said the man of God.