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September 20, 2014 | Daily Devotionals | September 20

What does it mean to cherish?  Uriah’s cherishing heart toward Bathsheba was transforming:

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.  The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle, but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought…

“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.” (2 SAMUEL 12:1-4)

The rich man in the story represented David, who saw Bathsheba as someone he could devour to satisfy his sexual longings, but Uriah, “the poor man,” saw his “lamb” as the joy of his life, his pet to cherish, to sleep in his arms.

Is your wife your little ewe lamb?


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