Saturday, July 3, 2021

The CONSEQUENCES of DAVID's sin

 

Proverbs 11:21

King James Version

21 Though hand join in hand,

the wicked shall not be unpunished: 

but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.


The previous post spoke of David's sin, with Bathsheba.

What do you think the consequences were to be?

When God needs to drive home a point to His appointed rulers, He sends a PROPHET.

And that prophet had a PARABLE.

2 Samuel 12:1-7

King James Version

12 And the Lord sent Nathan unto David

And he came unto him, 

and said unto him, 

There were two men in one city; 

the one rich, 

and the other poor.

2 The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds:

3 But the poor man had nothing, 

save one little ewe lamb

which he had bought and nourished up: 

and it grew up together with him, 

and with his children; 

it did eat of his own meat, 

and drank of his own cup, 

and lay in his bosom, 

and was unto him as a daughter.

4 And there came a traveller unto the rich man

and he spared to take of his own flock and of his own herd, 

to dress for the wayfaring man that was come unto him

but took the poor man's lamb, 

and dressed it for the man that was come to him.

5 And David's anger was greatly kindled against the man; 

and he said to Nathan, 

As the Lord liveth, 

the man that hath done this thing shall surely die:

6 And he shall restore the lamb fourfold, 

because he did this thing, 

and because he had no pity.


But Nathan, the prophet from God, finally drove home the point.

2 Samuel 12:7-12

King James Version

7 And Nathan said to David, 

Thou art the man

Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, 

I anointed thee king over Israel, 

and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul;

8 And I gave thee thy master's house, 

and thy master's wives into thy bosom, 

and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; 

and if that had been too little, 

I would moreover have given unto thee 

such and such things.

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.

10 Now therefore the sword shall never depart 

from thine house

because thou hast despised me, 

and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite 

to be thy wife.

11 Thus saith the Lord, 

Behold, 

I will raise up evil against thee 

out of thine own house, 

and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, 

and give them unto thy neighbour, 

and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun.

12 For thou didst it secretly: 

but I will do this thing before all Israel, 

and before the sun.


How did David respond?

2 Samuel 12:13

King James Version

13 And David said unto Nathan, 

I have sinned against the Lord

And Nathan said unto David, 

The Lord also hath put away thy sin; 

thou shalt not die.


But Nathan was instructed.

A life, for a life.

2 Samuel 12:14

King James Version

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.


And God's wheels were set in motion.

2 Samuel 12:15-20

King James Version

15 And Nathan departed unto his house. 

And the Lord struck the child 

that Uriah's wife bare unto David, 

and it was very sick.

16 David therefore besought God for the child; 

and David fasted, 

and went in, 

and lay all night upon the earth.

17 And the elders of his house arose, 

and went to him, 

to raise him up from the earth: 

but he would not, 

neither did he eat bread with them.

18 And it came to pass on the seventh day, 

that the child died

And the servants of David feared to tell him that the child was dead: 

for they said, 

Behold, 

while the child was yet alive, 

we spake unto him, 

and he would not hearken unto our voice: 

how will he then vex himself, 

if we tell him that the child is dead?

19 But when David saw that his servants whispered, 

David perceived that the child was dead

therefore David said unto his servants, 

Is the child dead? 

And they said, 

He is dead.

20 Then David arose from the earth, 

and washed, 

and anointed himself, 

and changed his apparel, 

and came into the house of the Lord, 

and worshipped: 

then he came to his own house; 

and when he required, 

they set bread before him, 

and he did eat.


His servants were puzzled, that he finally ate when he learned of his child's death.

Here's what the humbled David told them.

2 Samuel 12:21-23

King James Version

21 Then said his servants unto him, 

What thing is this that thou hast done? 

thou didst fast and weep for the child, 

while it was alive; 

but when the child was dead, 

thou didst rise and eat bread.

22 And he said, 

While the child was yet alive, 

I fasted and wept: 

for I said, 

Who can tell whether God will be gracious to me, 

that the child may live?

23 But now he is dead, 

wherefore should I fast? 

can I bring him back again? 

I shall go to him, 

but he shall not return to me.


Was this the end of the story?

Solomon came along.

A child borne of David, and Bathsheba.

But that's for another story.


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