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16 June 2013

Sermon: Proper 6C (OT)

16 June AD 2013
Pentecost 4

Title: You da Man! (MP3 Audio)

Summary: “You da Man!”

Often a cry of praise from fans to favorite athletes, “You da Man” recognizes special talents or accomplishments, especially those that are earned through hard work and overcoming adversity. Apparently, the now ubiquitous shout grew from one man’s cheer of a “people’s hero” of several years ago, golfer John Daly.

Nathan Confronts King David Today, David hears Nathan cry out, “You da Man!” David, like our modern athletic heroes, earned this cry. His “accomplishment,” however, wasn’t winning a tournament. He was “da Man” who despised God’s Word and did evil in His sight.

David was “da Man” who committed adultery, schemed to cover it up, conspired to commit murder, and caused the death of his most trusted and faithful general. And after he did so, he went on as if nothing had happened.

Nathan came before his king and trapped him in a parable. He made David realize the depths of his depravity, the lengths to which he allowed lust to lead him. David said that the rich man in Nathan’s story deserved death and then heard the prophet tell him, “You da Man! You, David deserve nothing less then disgrace and death!”

David confessed his sin. Then he heard that he was also the man whom God forgave. He brought shame upon himself, his house, and his nation but the Lord in his mercy spared the king, forgiving his sins and setting his feet back on the paths of righteousness.

David would suffer the death of his newborn son as God demonstrated to David, to Israel, and to the surrounding nations that He would not be mocked. He would also remain a faithful child of God and seek to do His will. Often he succeeded; sometimes he fell short. He lived as we do — sinner and saint.

Throughout his days, he also composed songs to God. In many of them, although likely not fully aware of what he did, he pointed toward “da Man” who would be born in his family, born of a virgin, born fully and completely human. However, He would also be fully God, eternally begotten of the Father. For it was this Man whose sacrifice took away the sins of the man David — and those of Bathsheba and Nathan, of Adam and Eve, of every man, woman, and child dead, living, or yet to be born.

Text: When the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband was dead, she lamented over her husband. And when the mourning was over, David sent and brought her to his house, and she became his wife and bore him a son. But the thing that David had done displeased the Lord.

Pet Lamb And the Lord sent Nathan to David. He came to him and said to him, “There were two men in a certain city, the one rich and the other poor. The rich man had very many flocks and herds, but the poor man had nothing but one little ewe lamb, which he had bought. And he brought it up, and it grew up with him and with his children. It used to eat of his morsel and drink from his cup and lie in his arms, and it was like a daughter to him.

“Now there came a traveler to the rich man, and he was unwilling to take one of his own flock or herd to prepare for the guest who had come to him, but he took the poor man’s lamb and prepared it for the man who had come to him.”

Then David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man, and he said to Nathan, “As the Lord lives, the man who has done this deserves to die, and he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.”

Nathan said to David, “You are the man! Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you out of the hand of Saul. And I gave you your master’s house and your master’s wives into your arms and gave you the house of Israel and of Judah. And if this were too little, I would add to you as much more.

“‘Why have you despised the word of the Lord, to do what is evil in his sight? You have struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and have taken his wife to be your wife and have killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. Now therefore the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised me and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife....’”

David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.”

And Nathan said to David, “The Lord also has put away your sin; you shall not die. Nevertheless, because by this deed you have utterly scorned the Lord, the child who is born to you shall die.” 2 Samuel 11:26-12:10, 13-14

Scripture quoted from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Audio: Click to hear the MP3 of You da Man! Preached to the saints of God at Zion Lutheran Church, Lincoln, Missouri.

NB: For some reason, a few people have had problems trying to play the inline audio if Windows Media is their default MP3 player. If this occurs, you can either change to QuickTime or another default browser player, copy and paste the link directly into a selected player, or download it to your computer, where it seems to work regardless of which player. Several folks have suggested VLC Player from VideoLAN.

Other Readings: Psalm 32:1-7; Galatians 2:15-21, 3:10-14; Luke 7:36-8:3

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