I was reminded again of when the prophet Nathan comes to David and tells him the story. There was a rich man with a whole ton o' sheep and there was a poor man with one lamb. He nurtured and cared for this one lamb and loved this one lamb dearly.
Some dude comes through town and the rich man wants to serve him so instead of choosing a lamb from his own ample supply, he takes the one lamb from the poor man to serve up to his guest.
This is where the story of the lamb ends. Nathan tells the dim-bulb David "You are that man" and David falls down weeping and cries that he has sinned against God. That is where the story ends for us. We are taught that ll sin is sin against God. Poor Uriah was the poor man whose sheep was stolen from him.
But the lamb? We don't hear about the lamb. It is almost like the lamb didn't matter. Like so many victims of abuse don't matter.
But I stopped and thought about the lamb. The lamb was taken. The lamb was used to satisfy the appetite of another.
The lamb was slaughtered.
THE LAMB WAS SLAUGHTERED.
She was a lamb that was slaughtered. Those who are abused by power and by appetites, those are lambs that are slaughtered.
Jesus knows. He gets it. Because he was the Lamb that was slaughtered.