Growing with God: A daily devotional with Tonia Slimm.
2 Samuel 11:27 (NIV)
After the time of mourning was over, David had her brought to his house, and she became his wife and bore him a son. But the thing David had done displeased the Lord.
2 Samuel 11:27 (MSG)
When the time of mourning was over, David sent someone to bring her to his house. She became his wife and bore him a son.
“And when the time of mourning was past, David sent word and had her brought to his house, and she became his wife and bore him a son. But the thing that David had done [with Bathsheba] was evil in the sight of the Lord.”-AMPLIFIED
The last verse of 2 Samuel 11 leads us into what happens in chapter 12. The NIV conveys to us a very important message, what David had done brought displeasure to the Lord. God was not happy with the fact that he had slept with another man’s wife. Nor was He happy that David had tried to deceive others about doing so. Nor was He happy that David had Uriah killed. Nor was He happy that David tried to cover up the whole situation and pretend that nothing had ever happened. Remember, “The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.” –Proverbs 15:3 (NIV)
It is in chapter 12 we find what the consequences are to be for David’s sin. In fact, God sent David a messenger, Nathan, to deliver David a special message:
“But God was not at all pleased with what David had done, and sent Nathan to David. Nathan said to him, “There were two men in the same city — one rich, the other poor. The rich man had huge flocks of sheep, herds of cattle. The poor man had nothing but one little female lamb, which he had bought and raised. It grew up with him and his children as a member of the family. It ate off his plate and drank from his cup and slept on his bed. It was like a daughter to him. “One day a traveler dropped in on the rich man. He was too stingy to take an animal from his own herds or flocks to make a meal for his visitor, so he took the poor man’s lamb and prepared a meal to set before his guest.” David exploded in anger. “As surely as God lives,” he said to Nathan, “the man who did this ought to be lynched! He must repay for the lamb four times over for his crime and his stinginess!” “You’re the man!” said Nathan. “And here’s what God, the God of Israel, has to say to you: I made you king over Israel. I freed you from the fist of Saul. I gave you your master’s daughter and other wives to have and to hold. I gave you both Israel and Judah. And if that hadn’t been enough, I’d have gladly thrown in much more. So why have you treated the word of God with brazen contempt, doing this great evil? You murdered Uriah the Hittite, then took his wife as your wife. Worse, you killed him with an Ammonite sword! And now, because you treated God with such contempt and took Uriah the Hittite’s wife as your wife, killing and murder will continually plague your family. This is God speaking, remember! I’ll make trouble for you out of your own family. I’ll take your wives from right out in front of you. I’ll give them to some neighbor, and he’ll go to bed with them openly. You did your deed in secret; I’m doing mine with the whole country watching!”- 2 Samuel 12:1-12 (MSG)
David thought he had gotten away with adultery and murder, but the God who knows everything had taken note of it all. The consequences of sin are about to bear fruit. Nathan’s story of the rich man stealing the lamb of the poor man brought out the injustice of the whole situation. David himself saw the unfairness and wrongness of the whole situation. His response to the story was one for justice for the poor man and judgement for the rich man.
It was at that point that Nathan made the startling statement, “You are that rich man!” It was David that did this evil. It was David that treated the Word of God with contempt. God was speaking directly to the offender. David had been caught red-handed.
David did not try to defend himself or make excuses, as so many people tend to do. He was honest with himself, Nathan and God. David recognized his guilt and confessed his sin. “Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.”- 2 Samuel 12:13a (NIV)
This did not mean that there would not be consequences, but David did experience the joy of knowing he was forgiven by God. Also, Nathan informed him that he would not die for this sin. (Stoning was the consequences for adultery according to the Law.)
The immediate consequence was going to be the loss of the child that Bathsheba was carrying. We know this from Nathan’s final words to David during this meeting. “Nathan pronounced, “Yes, but that’s not the last word. God forgives your sin. You won’t die for it. But because of your blasphemous behavior, the son born to you will die.” -2 Samuel 12:13-14 (MSG)
The larger part of the judgement or outcome was this:
“And now, because you treated God with such contempt and took Uriah the Hittite’s wife as your wife, killing and murder will continually plague your family. This is God speaking, remember! I’ll make trouble for you out of your own family. I’ll take your wives from right out in front of you. I’ll give them to some neighbor, and he’ll go to bed with them openly. You did your deed in secret; I’m doing mine with the whole country watching!”- 2 Samuel 12:10-12 (MSG)
Lord, forgiveness is such a sweet word. Thank you for making forgiveness possible for me. Thank you for the opportunity to come seek mercy and grace at the foot of the cross. Jesus, you have given me freedom in forgiving me. Thank you.