by Steve Jones

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David, Rebound Part 2 (24 of 32)
Series: David - Keeping It Real
Steve Jones
II Samuel 12

Introduction: A young man named John received a parrot as a gift. The parrot had a bad attitude and an even worse vocabulary. Every word out of the bird's mouth was rude, obnoxious and laced with profanity. John tried and tried to change the bird's attitude by consistently saying only polite words, playing soft music and anything else he could think of to 'clean up' the bird's vocabulary. Finally, John was fed up and he yelled at the parrot. The parrot yelled back. John shook the parrot and the parrot got angrier and even ruder. John, in desperation, threw up his hand, grabbed the bird and put him in the freezer. For a few minutes the parrot squawked and kicked and screamed. Then suddenly there was total quiet. Not a peep was heard for over a minute. Fearing that he'd hurt the parrot, John quickly opened the door to the freezer. The parrot calmly stepped out onto John's outstretched arms and said "I believe I may have offended you with my rude language and actions. I'm sincerely remorseful for my inappropriate transgressions and I fully intend to do everything I can to correct my rude and unfortunate behavior." John was stunned at the change in the bird's attitude. As he was about to ask the parrot what had made such a dramatic change in his behavior, the bird spoke-up, very softly, "May I ask what the turkey did?"
It's a great thing to be able to learn from someone ELSE'S mistakes, isn't it? That's what we're trying to do today as we continue in our study of the life of David. We have looked at the great sin of David's life when he committed adultery with Bathsheba and then, in an attempt to cover up, arranged for her husband's death. David was confronted by God's prophet Nathan and made a public confession. With God's help, David was able to rebound and salvage the last half of his life and administration as king. Last week we saw four steps in David's rebound. ...

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