Four Hard Lessons David Learned (2 Samuel 11-12)
September 10, 2017, 8:22 pm
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“And when her mourning was over, David sent and brought her to his house, and she became his wife and bore him a son. But the thing that David had done displeased the Lord.” (2 Samuel 11:27)
When we read 2 Samuel 11 we read about the time that David commits the sin of adultery with Bathsheba by an act in which she gets pregnant. To cover his sin, David arranges for Uriah, her husband to be killed in a battle. and then takes Bathsheba as his wife, and she has his son, born due to an act of rebellion and sin. The verse written above is the last verse in the chapter. If you look at the passage in your Bible, you will notice the word “LORD” . (In most Bible it is capitalized but the last 3 letters are in a smaller font.) It is the only time the word is used in chapter 11. But in chapter 12, the word is constantly used, showing that Jehovah (LORD) took the responsibility to deal David and his sin upon Himself.
Here are four things to consider:
David was, and is, known as a man after God’s own heart. Any of can sin in a major and destructive way. But we can’t be separated from God’s love. (Romans 835). Many Bible scholars believe that David was guilty of raping Bathsheba. This man after God’s own heart revealed that his own heart was evil and wicked. The good that David did was on God and every evil act and thought was totally David’s fault. By law, David was to be killed but God dealt with him in mercy and grace.
Second, God used someone who was His faithful servant to confront David. Notice the words “The LORD sent Nathan to David”. Nathan didn’t go on his own. He waited until God sent him. Notice how God used Nathan to confront David. Nathan wasn’t up in his face condemning but told a story which resulted in David condemning himself. The result of Nathan’s dealing with David can be understood by reading Psalm 51, the confession and repentance of David for his sin. How powerful is God’s dealing with His people’s sin.
Third, while we can’t see a time difference we know that at least 9 months have passed. God waited to confront David. Why? I think that it may because David, in his rebellion, was very defensive after his sin. After months of rebellion, David may have been more open to God dealing with Him. God still used the story about the young lamb taken from a shepherd who only had that one lamb.
Finally, this sin didn’t go on without serious consequences that David didn’t expect and couldn’t change. David’s secret sin would result in someone taking his wives from him and everyone in Israel would know that this person did (his son Absalom would take David’s royal concubines during his rebellion). Since David’s rebellion had damaged the reputation of the Lord in the sight of the enemies of the Lord, there would be consequences. The baby born from this act of rebellion -would died. David would plead with God and do everything just right so that his prayer would be answered but the baby became sick. The giant in David’s life won this time because David had taken his eyes off God and placed them on what he wanted and not on what God wanted. His prayers were useless. After 7 days of David wanting to die instead of the child, this small baby was taken into the presence of God, to enjoy the glories found in Him. Sin is always destructive and always costs more than it brought.


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