Pastor’s Update 6 – COVID-19
In this edition:
Pastor S Matthias Esson
Pastor of Greenwich and Sydenham SDA Churches
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2 Samuel 12:24 New International Version (NIV) Then David comforted his wife Bathsheba, and he went to her and made love to her. She gave birth to a son, and they named him Solomon. The Lord loved him;
Topic: The Comfort of a Husband: A revelation of the heart of God for His Church.
A Picture of Romance
A husband comforting his wife! This is a beautiful picture of romance and love. A husband comforting his wife! What a wonderful love story of husbandly solace, support, care and thoughtfulness. A husband comforting his wife. Which woman would not want to have such a husband? The death of a child and more so the death of a son [2 Sam 11:27], whatever the circumstance, can be and is an emotional challenge to a mother. What better support can a grieving mother who had just lost her son have than the support of her husband?
In this story we see a revelation of the heart of God towards His church [David was a man after God’s own heart – 2 Sam 13:14; Act 13:22 + Woman in prophecy, the church – Jer. 6:2]. God loves His church. The consequence of sin is sometimes irreversible. God is in the business of reversing curses. In the story of David and Bathsheba, the child resulting from the illicit relationship died. But God is not in the business of deserting His church. Romans 5:20 “But where sin abounded. Grace abounded much more” [NKJV]. Grace is truly amazing. There is enough grace for every and for every sin.
Let us note some points about God’s attitude towards His church in Ephesians 5:22- 27. Here is a list I have compiled from the passage.
- He is the head of His church – 23
- The church is His body – 23
- He loves the church – 25
- He died for the church – 25
- He is working to purify the church [The church is not perfect] – 26
- Preparing the church for a glorious future – 27
With such a list in hand, I say, take courage my people. We may have and have done some heinous atrocities. You may have done things displeasing to God [2 Sam 11:27] – lusting for the flesh, fornication, adultery, lie, murder and other sordid affairs etc. Some have suffered and are suffering the results of their sinful sordid actions. But I am here to tell you, despite your past, God loves you. He hates the sin but loves the sinner.
Roman 5:8 teaches, the cross was a physical display of the depth of God’s love for me and for you. It reads, “But God demonstrate His own love towards us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” [NKJV].
While we were in the Act
“While we were yet sinners.” This means while we were in the very act of sinning – lusting, fornicating, committing adultery, clubbing, lying, withholding the tithes and offerings etc God was loving us. He loved us to the point of giving his only begotten Son to die for us that we might not perish but have everlasting life – John 3:16. Today, the cross which was once an instrument of torture, cruelty and shame, is now the medium of the calling – not of the righteous, but sinners to repentance [`Luke 5:32]. That means he is calling for you and for me.
The Reason for Death
2 Sam 12:13 indicates, all illnesses, deaths and diseases are ultimately connected to sin. And while we fast and pray, we must give consideration as to our personal behaviours as possible causation of the calamity. But whatever the causation, ancestral (original) or actual, omission or commission; mortal or venial sin, God can take care of all our past. 1 John 1:9, teaches the only sin that cannot be forgiven is the one we will not confess. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins and to cleanse from all unrighteousness.”
The poet puts it this way. Verses 1 and three are of special significance.
1 There is a green hill far away,
without a city wall,
where the dear Lord was crucified,
who died to save us all.
2 We may not know, we cannot tell,
what pains he had to bear;
but we believe it was for us
he hung and suffered there.
3 He died that we might be forgiv’n,
he died to make us good,
that we might go at last to heav’n,
saved by his precious blood.
4 There was no other good enough
to pay the price of sin;
he only could unlock the gate
of heav’n, and let us in.
5 O dearly, dearly has he loved,
and we must love him too,
and trust in his redeeming blood,
and try his works to do.
Back to a husband comforting his wife
I close by going back to the picture of a husband comforting his wife: God will comfort you in your moments of loss, crisis, grief, pain, distress, disease and sickness. The dread of COVID-19 is no match for the comfort you have in Jesus. David comforted his wife and not long after God gave them a brand-new start. He gave them Shēlomoh (she-lō-mō’ or Solomon in English) meaning peace.
I would like you to be comforted by the thoughts – your Shēlomoh is coming. Your peace is coming. Your Solomon is still in your future.
Close with 2 Cor 1:2-4
2 Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;
4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
“Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”
Tithes and Offerings during the Pandemic
Give Your Tithes and Offerings
By Bank Transfer to:
A. Greenwich SDA Church
Sort Code: 40-04-15
Acc. Number: 8203 5529
- Please state whether tithes or offering in the reference
- Please make separate transfers for Tithe & Local Offerings
B. Seventh Day Adventist Sydenham
Sort Code: 40-02-05
Acc. Number: 7119 7789
- Kindly include your name as reference
- Please make separate transfers for Tithe & Local Offerings
Be Very Sure
Merciful Father we pray for all NHS staff and medical researchers. Give them skill, patience and resilience in their caring for the sick. Grant your wisdom to those searching for a cure. May the breakthrough be swift.
We pray with thanksgiving in name of Jesus Christ, who Himself suffered alone on the cross, but who, now reigns with you in glory, and has promised to come again to effect the full and final restoration of our planet, removing sin, sickness, disease and death.
O Lord ready us for this coming time of victory – Amen.
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