2 Sam 12:1-31
Is it not amazing how easy it is for us to spot other people’s sins while being selectively blind to our own. The same was the exact case for David too, it took a parable form Nathan the prophet to expose to David how wicked his sin was in taking Bathsheba, Uriah‘s wife and killing Uriah.
God had given David everything he could desire, but just like in the story, when the “stranger” of lust came around, David did not go to one of his own wives to satisfy his sexual appetite, but desired another man’s sole wife and took her to himself, committing adultery with her. This is in direct disobedience to God’s seventh commandment (Exodus 20:14), and this started by covetousness, which has to do with the tenth commandment (Ex 20:17) . In a bid to cover this first sin, David committed murder breaching the sixth commandment (Ex 20:13). So, we could now see how wicked it is when we breach just one of God’s commandments, we are easily prone to breaking the whole lot.
After the parable by Nathan, David was able to see his sin in a different light. God also would not overlook David’s sin but meted out the right punishment because David’s act would make the Lord‘s enemies occasion to blaspheme his name. The sword would not depart from David’s house, and the Lord would also give his own wives unto his neighbour who would like with them in the sight of the sun. Lastly, the son from the adultery act between David and Bathsheba would also die. David was sad because of this, he even fasted and prayed for the son. He was genuinely repentant for waht he had done, albeit the deed was already done, and God’s punishment meted.
Despite David’s fasting and prayer, the son eventually died. So David arose from his fasting and ate. he comforted Bathsheba his wife, and went in to her again. This time around she gave birth to another son boy, and he was named Solomon (also called Jedidiah). The son was loved of the Lord, showing us that God is a forgiving and compassionate God, and he would not remember our sins forever, but will separate us from them.
Has God revealed your sins to you? How do you respond? Are you repentant? Do you take chastisement as sons do? God is merciful, though he punishes, he will restore. It is all because he loves us, and he wants the best for us. He doesn’t want us to be destroyed with the world. respond to his love, respond to his word.
Some verses to remember
vs 9: Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon.
vs 14: Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die.
vs 24: And David comforted Bathsheba his wife, and went in unto her, and lay with her: and she bare a son, and he called his name Solomon: and the LORD loved him.