In this story we see that little sin can have big consequences. It is a story where we see that “one act of rebellion lead to bondage for a nation.”
In this narrative we see a man named Sheba. We don’t know much about him but Scripture called him “worthless” (v. 1). We are not sure exactly why Scripture identifies him like this but we know this… He was not a great guy. He led an act of rebellion against David and the nation. This probably seemed right to him, though it was wrong. This probably seemed big in the moment we see later that this was a small thing compared to the consequences it would bring.
We see the same words from 2 Samuel 20:1 in 1 Kings 12:16. This occurred right before the Kingdom of Israel was divided into the Northern Kingdom of Israel and the Southern Kingdom of Judah. This, no doubt, was influenced by Sheba. The end result was exile, bondage, and captivity by their enemies. God’s people became slaves, because of their sin, and it all started with one act of rebellion (Sam Cirrincione).
This is our story as well. Sin we live in often seems small but the consequences are big. We have no idea where our sin of today will lead us tomorrow. The journey always has a destination. God, through His word, is asking us to repent of sin (even small, seemingly insignificant [in our mind]) and return to Him… trusting that His way is better.
This is why Jesus came and lived, died, resurrected, and ascended. So that we would not live divided from Jesus but united with Him. It is all about Him.
- What did God bring to the attention of your heart as you were reading?
- If you continued to live like you are today, where would you be in 20 years?
- How can you make Jesus the center of your life this week?
By: Nick Parsons — Pastoral Ministry Associate: College