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TITLE: Letting go of Grief. TEXT: II Samuel 12 THEME: Accepting the stages and finality of death allows us to move forward with life. How should the believer respond to the loss of a loved one?. I. Accept responsibility for your role- if any. (1-13). II Samual 12:1-13.

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title letting go of grief
TITLE: Letting go of Grief
  • TEXT: II Samuel 12
  • THEME: Accepting the stages and finality of death allows us to move forward with life.
ii samual 12 1 13
II Samual 12:1-13

1 The LORD sent Nathan to David. When he came to him, he said, “There were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor. 2 The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle, 3 but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him.

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II Samual 12:1-13

4“Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who had come to him.”

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II Samual 12:1-13

5David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, “As surely as the LORD lives, the man who did this must die! 6 He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity

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II Samual 12:1-13

7Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man! This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. 8 I gave your master’s house to you, and your master’s wives into your arms. I gave you all Israel and Judah. And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more.

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II Samual 12:1-13

9Why did you despise the word of the LORD by doing what is evil in his eyes? You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife to be your own. You killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. 10 Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house, because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.’

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II Samual 12:1-13

11“This is what the LORD says: ‘Out of your own household I am going to bring calamity on you. Before your very eyes I will take your wives and give them to one who is close to you, and he will sleep with your wives in broad daylight. 12 You did it in secret, but I will do this thing in broad daylight before all Israel.’”

13 Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the LORD.”

i accept responsibility for your role if any 1 131
I. Accept responsibility for your role- if any. (1-13)

A. David was confronted by Nathan for his sin.

i accept responsibility for your role if any 1 132
I. Accept responsibility for your role- if any. (1-13)

A. David was confronted by Nathan for his sin.

B. David was to be judged for his sin by his children.

god used david s children for discipline through
God used David’s children for discipline through:
  • Death: The child of this immoral relationship was to die.
god used david s children for discipline through1
God used David’s children for discipline through:
  • Death: The child of this immoral relationship was to die.
  • Disobedience: David’s act caused him to lose the respect of his sons who later turned against him. They were to cause him great despair in later years.
i accept responsibility for your role if any 1 133
I. Accept responsibility for your role- if any. (1-13)

A. David was confronted by Nathan for his sin.

B. David was to be judged for his sin by his children.

C. David accepted his responsibility.

psalm 51
Psalm 51

“1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. 3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me

psalm 511
Psalm 51

4 Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight; so you are right in your verdict and justified when you judge. 5 Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.6 Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb; you taught me wisdom in that secret place.”

ii samuel
II Samuel

Nathan replied, “The LORD has taken away your sin. You are not going to die. 14 But because by doing this you have shown utter contempt for the LORD, the son born to you will die.”

15 After Nathan had gone home, the LORD struck the child that Uriah’s wife had borne to David, and he became ill.

ii accept god s right to oversee life and death as he sees fit 14 151
II. Accept God’s right to oversee life and death as He sees fit. (14-15)

A. David did not question God’s mode of discipline.

ii accept god s right to oversee life and death as he sees fit 14 152
II. Accept God’s right to oversee life and death as He sees fit. (14-15)

A. David did not question God’s mode of discipline.

B. David did not question God’s right to take a life.

questions of regret
Questions of Regret
  • “Why did this person have to die?”
questions of regret1
Questions of Regret
  • “Why did this person have to die?”
  • “Why did God have to take that person?
questions of regret2
Questions of Regret
  • “Why did this person have to die?”
  • “Why did God have to take that person?
  • Why so young?
questions of regret3
Questions of Regret
  • “Why did this person have to die?”
  • “Why did God have to take that person?
  • Why so young?
  • Why so sudden?
questions of regret4
Questions of Regret
  • “Why did this person have to die?”
  • “Why did God have to take that person?
  • Why so young?
  • Why so sudden?
  • Why this way?
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The fact is every one of us will die. The time and means in God’s hands and we must learn to accept that and that He has the right to choose when.

i samuel 12 16 17
I Samuel 12:16-17

16 David pleaded with God for the child. He fasted and spent the nights lying in sackcloth on the ground. 17 The elders of his household stood beside him to get him up from the ground, but he refused, and he would not eat any food with them.

iii pray urgently for the person who is still alive 16 17
III. Pray urgently for the person who is still alive. (16-17)

A. God welcomes a repentantheart.

iii pray urgently for the person who is still alive 16 171
III. Pray urgently for the person who is still alive. (16-17)

A. God welcomes a repentantheart.

B. God often gives us what we pray for.

iii pray urgently for the person who is still alive 16 172
III. Pray urgently for the person who is still alive. (16-17)

A. God welcomes a repentantheart.

B. God often gives us what we pray for.

C. It is God who ultimately decides.

ii samuel 12 18 23
II Samuel 12:18-23

18 On the seventh day the child died. David’s attendants were afraid to tell him that the child was dead, for they thought, “While the child was still living, he wouldn’t listen to us when we spoke to him. How can we now tell him the child is dead? He may do something desperate

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II Samuel 12:18-23

19 David noticed that his attendants were whispering among themselves, and he realized the child was dead. “Is the child dead?” he asked.

“Yes,” they replied, “he is dead.”

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II Samuel 12:18-23

20 Then David got up from the ground. After he had washed, put on lotions and changed his clothes, he went into the house of the LORD and worshiped. Then he went to his own house, and at his request they served him food, and he ate.

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II Samuel 12:18-23

21 His attendants asked him, “Why are you acting this way? While the child was alive, you fasted and wept, but now that the child is dead, you get up and eat!”

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II Samuel 12:18-23

22 He answered, “While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept. I thought, ‘Who knows? The LORD may be gracious to me and let the child live.’ 23 But now that he is dead, why should I go on fasting? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him, but he will not return to me.”

iv accept the reality of what has happened and move on 18 231
IV. Accept the reality of what has happened and move on. (18-23)

A. Once the child had died there was nothing left for David too do.

iv accept the reality of what has happened and move on 18 232
IV. Accept the reality of what has happened and move on. (18-23)

A. Once the child had died there was nothing left for David too do.

B. Living in grief and regret fixes nothing.

there is a time when grieving and remorse is appropriate and normal
There is a time when grieving and remorse is appropriate and normal.
  • We can choose to beat ourselves up with the sense that I owe it to myself and God to show how bad I really feel.
there is a time when grieving and remorse is appropriate and normal1
There is a time when grieving and remorse is appropriate and normal.
  • We can choose to beat ourselves up with the sense that I owe it to myself and God to show how bad I really feel.
  • Or we can choose to say I do not deserve forgiveness
there is a time when grieving and remorse is appropriate and normal2
There is a time when grieving and remorse is appropriate and normal.
  • We can choose to beat ourselves up with the sense that I owe it to myself and God to show how bad I really feel.
  • Or we can choose to say I do not deserve forgiveness.
  • Or we can do as David did and choose to let it go- and go on with life. The sin has been acknowledged the penalty has been paid- move on.
psalm 51 10 15
Psalm 51:10-15

10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. 11 Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. 12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me

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Psalm 51:10-15

13Then I will teach transgressors your ways, so that sinners will turn back to you. 14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, you who are God my Savior, and my tongue will sing of your righteousness. 15 Open my lips, Lord, and my mouth will declare your praise.

application
APPLICATION
  • Stop living in the “What If’s”. It is not likely you had any control over the outcome.
application1
APPLICATION
  • Stop living in the “What If’s”. It is not likely you had any control over the outcome.
  • Accept that death is certain for us all. The only difference for each of us is the time and means. There are no guarantees others will live beyond us or not die by natural causes.
application2
APPLICATION
  • Stop living in the “What If’s”. It is not likely you had any control over the outcome.
  • Accept that death is certain for us all. The only difference for each of us is the time and means. There are no guarantees others will live beyond us or not die by natural causes.
  • Once you have repented and confessed then move on. Do live in remorse or regret. Give it to God.