Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | June 11, 2015

“Just the facts, Ma’am.” – – “Return to your house and describe what great things God has done for you.”

Today’s devotion comes from 1 Kings Chapter 1.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Kings+1&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“15 So Bathsheba went in to the king in the bedroom.  Now the king was very old, and Abishag the Shunammite was ministering to the king.  16 Then Bathsheba bowed and prostrated herself before the king.  And the king said, “What do you wish?”  17 She said to him, “My lord, you swore to your maidservant by the Lord your God, saying, ‘Surely your son Solomon shall be king after me and he shall sit on my throne.’  18 Now, behold, Adonijah is king; and now, my lord the king, you do not know it.  19 He has sacrificed oxen and fatlings and sheep in abundance, and has invited all the sons of the king and Abiathar the priest and Joab the commander of the army, but he has not invited Solomon your servant.  20 As for you now, my lord the king, the eyes of all Israel are on you, to tell them who shall sit on the throne of my lord the king after him.  21 Otherwise it will come about, as soon as my lord the king sleeps with his fathers, that I and my son Solomon will be considered offenders.”

22 Behold, while she was still speaking with the king, Nathan the prophet came in.  23 They told the king, saying, “Here is Nathan the prophet.”  And when he came in before the king, he prostrated himself before the king with his face to the ground.  24 Then Nathan said, “My lord the king, have you said, ‘Adonijah shall be king after me, and he shall sit on my throne’?  25 For he has gone down today and has sacrificed oxen and fatlings and sheep in abundance, and has invited all the king’s sons and the commanders of the army and Abiathar the priest, and behold, they are eating and drinking before him;  and they say, ‘Long live King Adonijah!’   26 But me, even me your servant, and Zadok the priest and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada and your servant Solomon, he has not invited.  27 Has this thing been done by my lord the king, and you have not shown to your servants who should sit on the throne of my lord the king after him?”

28 Then King David said, “Call Bathsheba to me.”  And she came into the king’s presence and stood before the king.  29 The king vowed and said, “As the Lord lives, who has redeemed my life from all distress, 30 surely as I vowed to you by the Lord the God of Israel, saying, ‘Your son Solomon shall be king after me, and he shall sit on my throne in my place’;  I will indeed do so this day.”   1 Kings 1:15-30.

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They were very different people.  Bathsheba was a woman, and Nathan a man.  Bathsheba was family (a wife of David), and Nathan was a friend.  Bathsheba was a lay person, and Nathan was a prophet.  Bathsheba was primarily worried about the safety of her and her son Solomon (verse 21), and Nathan was primarily worried about stability in the kingdom (verse 27).

But, Bathsheba and Nathan told very similar facts to David.  Good witnesses do it.  “Just the facts, Ma’am.” said Detective Joe Friday on the old TV show Dragnet.  

We tend to want to tell other people’s stories.  We tend to mold our story by embellishing it to make us look better and by making provision for what we think God will do for other people and for what other people will want to hear.  But, we should just tell the facts of our own story.  Jesus told the man who was demon-possessed whom He healed:  “Return to your house and describe what great things God has done for you.  …”  Luke 8:39.

So, what did he do?  Did he tell others what Jesus did for others like feeding the five thousand?  Did he worry about if Jesus may not heal other demon-possessed people?  

No!  “… he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city what great things Jesus had done for him.”  Luke 8:39.

There is hope for us to be good witnesses even though we are often tempted to embellish and worry:  “but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you;  and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”  Acts 1:8.


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