In our OT passage today we see David reaping the consequences of his sins - first his sin of polygamy, and then his sin of adultery and murder. The good news is that there is forgiveness for all sins, no sin is so "bad" that it is beyond the reach of God's grace. All sin is equal in one sense because any sin separates us from God. But different sins also have different consequences, and David's sins had some major ones. The bad news is that God's forgiveness doesn't normally wipe away those consequences. An important reminder to never justify a sinful plan by thinking that you can just ask for forgiveness later. Yes, forgiveness will be granted, but there will still be consequences. Plus, if you willfully sin, there is no guarantee you will ever want forgiveness - it's a dangerous path to go down.
In our NT passage the final verse hit me....
31 He said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.’”
I hadn't noticed the parallel between this verse and Easter before. Moses and the Prophets testify to the coming Messiah, but not everyone believed, even after Jesus died and rose from the dead.
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: 2 Samuel 14-15; Luke 17:1-19