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“God has promised forgiveness to your repentance, but he has not promised tomorrow to your procrastination…repent today" St. Augustine
Intro: We’re continuing our study through the life of David. and we find ourselves in a deep valley at this point of David’s life, He’s commited a horrible sin, He’s stolen another man’s wife, He’s chosen not to confess it, but rather hide his sin which leads him to taking the life of an Innocent man and possibly causing the death of countless others
Intro: We’re continuing our study through the life of David. and today message is all about repentance...He’s commited a horrible sin, He’s stolen another man’s wife, He’s chosen not to confess it, but rather hide his sin which leads him to taking the life of an Innocent man and possibly causing the death of countless others
Now about a year has past since the end of chapter 11
And the wheels of God’s judgement have been grinding slowly…but they are about to grind David’s throughly...
(Prop) Today as we look at chapter, where gonna see David face a sobering rebuke, painful consequences and come to a humble repentance…and in this we’re gonna learn somethings about all of those matters...
This passage has 3 movments to it.
Rebuke v.1-12
Repentance v.13-23
God’s restoration v.24-25

Rebuke v.1-12

Where gonna pick this story up at end of chapter 11…David has plotted Uriah’s death…and the word has gotten back Uriah’s wife…she’s been in mourning and David swoops in...
2 Samuel 11:27–12:4 ESV
27 And when the 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. 1 And the Lord sent Nathan to David. He came to him and said to him, “There were two men in a certain city, the one rich and the other poor. 2 The rich man had very many flocks and herds, 3 but the poor man had nothing but one little ewe lamb, which he had bought. And he brought it up, and it grew up with him and with his children. It used to eat of his morsel and drink from his cup and lie in his arms, and it was like a daughter to him. 4 Now there came a traveler to the rich man, and he was unwilling to take one of his own flock or herd to prepare for the guest who had come to him, but he took the poor man’s lamb and prepared it for the man who had come to him.”
2 Samuel 11:26–12:4 ESV
26 When the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband was dead, she lamented over her husband. 27 And when the 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. 1 And the Lord sent Nathan to David. He came to him and said to him, “There were two men in a certain city, the one rich and the other poor. 2 The rich man had very many flocks and herds, 3 but the poor man had nothing but one little ewe lamb, which he had bought. And he brought it up, and it grew up with him and with his children. It used to eat of his morsel and drink from his cup and lie in his arms, and it was like a daughter to him. 4 Now there came a traveler to the rich man, and he was unwilling to take one of his own flock or herd to prepare for the guest who had come to him, but he took the poor man’s lamb and prepared it for the man who had come to him.”
2 sam 11:26-12
2 Samuel 12:1–4 ESV
1 And the Lord sent Nathan to David. He came to him and said to him, “There were two men in a certain city, the one rich and the other poor. 2 The rich man had very many flocks and herds, 3 but the poor man had nothing but one little ewe lamb, which he had bought. And he brought it up, and it grew up with him and with his children. It used to eat of his morsel and drink from his cup and lie in his arms, and it was like a daughter to him. 4 Now there came a traveler to the rich man, and he was unwilling to take one of his own flock or herd to prepare for the guest who had come to him, but he took the poor man’s lamb and prepared it for the man who had come to him.”
So here’s the picture…David who at this time is King of Israel and Husband to at least 8 wives, has just stolen the wife of one of his mighty men and arranged for his death…Obviously the Lord is displeased
2 sam 11:2
So here’s the picture…David who at this time is King of Israel and Husband to at least 8 wives, has just stolen the wife of one of his mighty men and arranged for his death…Obviously the Lord is displeased
So Look how the Lord handles the situation
The Lord sends Nathan his friend - Remember Nathan was both a friend and prophet, and last time we heard a word from Nathan to David it was a word of tremendous blessing …But now God is gonna use Nathan as a tool to bring about correction and rebuke.
2 sam 11:27-12:
So here’s the picture…David’s in sin, It’s been about a year since all of this has began, so David has honestly thought he may have gotten away from sin
So here’s the picture…David’s in sin, It’s been about a year since all of this has began, so David has honestly thought he may have gotten away from sin
The Lord sends Nathan his friend - Remember Nathan was both a friend and prophet, and last time we heard a word from Nathan to David it was a word of tremendous blessing …But now God is gonna use Nathan as a tool to bring about correction and rebuke.
A friend and prophetTool used by God to bring about correction for David whom he lovedApp 1 - God’s still gracious to speak even when we’re in the thick of sinNever presume he’ll keep speaking…but if you hear his voice…listenApp 2: God’s common way of confronting his people about sin is by sending his people
A friend and prophet
Tool used by God to bring about correction for David whom he loved
App 1: God’s still gracious to speak even when we’re in the thick of sin
App 2: God’s common way of doing whats needed in a person’s life is through the people around him
App 2: God’s common way of doing whats needed in a person’s life is through the people around him
Think about David...
He was discouraged - God sent him Johnathan
He was heading out to do something he regretted - God sent him Abigail
He was in sin and needed to be rebuked - God sent Nathan
God still does this…so
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Nathan tells David a story…and notice it’s essentially a story about theft - In Nathen’s story theirs a rich who already has plenty…and instead of using what he has…takes what the poor man has
Here’s a question - Why did he tell David a story about theft - Because David was guilty of theft…he had stolen another man’s wife
The bible tells us that in Marriage and in sex their is a joining that takes place…of body, soul and spirit
God’s vision for marriage has always been
Genesis 2:24 ESV
24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
So when David stole bath sheba, he didn’t just steal a man’s wife, he stole a peace of the man
In Nathen’s story there’s a pet lamb and a rich man who takes the pet lambThe rich man as blessed as he was stole from the poor man his only lambWhy - Because David stole something from UriahIn the bible we are told in marriage that the wife belongs to the husband and the husband belongs…and anytime that body is joined with someone else outside of that marriage covenant…it’s theftGen 2 “One flesh”App: Do you see marriage that way? you should
Look at David’s response to Nathan’s story
Look at David’s angry response to Nathan’s story
2 Samuel 12:5–6 ESV
5 Then David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man, and he said to Nathan, “As the Lord lives, the man who has done this deserves to die, 6 and he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.”
2 SAM 12:
The Hebrew paints a better picture of David’s response…It reads David’s nostrils began to flare as he was listening to this story…and notice his judgment v.5 “this man deserves to die and shall restore the lamb four fold” Thats pretty over the top judgment for a guy who stole a lamb right?
What’s really happening here?
David is overcompensating right now
David is overcompensating right now
David’s guilt is doing the talking
Notice how harsh his judgment towards this rich man - V.5 He deserves to die - there some violations in God’s law that are punishable by death. stealing another man’s sheep is not one of them…so we know for David…this is the guilt talking
Remember whats going on here inside of David…He’s miserable and his guilt is weighing heavy on him
Notice how harsh his judgment towards this rich man - V.5 He deserves to die - there some violations in God’s law that are punishable by death. stealing another man’s sheep is not one of them…so we know for David…this is the guilt talking
Psalm 32:3–4 ESV
3 For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. 4 For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Selah
Psalm 32:3 ESV
3 For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long.
App: Often times we try to sooth our guilty conscience by harshly judging others especially when they have the same sins as us...
App: we often try and atone for our guilty conscience by judging others harshly
App: we often try and sooth our guilty conscience by judging others harshly
App: Have you ever noticed how terrible it is to see your sin staring back at you?
I think it’s safe to say that David felt a sense of shame over his Sin
It’s repulsive
I think it’s safe to say that David felt a sense of shame over his Sin
Notice also that he says that the rich man should pay four times what the lamb was worth v.6 - That was biblically correct
Notice also that he says that the rich man should pay four times what the lamb was worth v.6 - That was biblically correct
App: And do you know that this is a part of coming to repentance…their is a godly grief that leads to repentance Notice also that he says that the rich man should pay four times what the lamb was worth v.6 - That was biblically correct
App: And do you know that this is a part of coming to repentance…their is a godly grief that leads to repentance Notice also that he says that the rich man should pay four times what the lamb was worth v.6 - That was biblically correct
David is feeling conviction…thats a good thing
For a christian sin should felt odd and shameful…we should be miserable
For a christian sin should felt odd and shameful…we should be miserable
Notice also that he says that the rich man should pay four times what the lamb was worth v.6 - That was biblically correct
Notice also that he says that the rich man should pay four times what the lamb was worth v.6 - That was biblically correct
Exodus 22:1 ESV
1 “If a man steals an ox or a sheep, and kills it or sells it, he shall repay five oxen for an ox, and four sheep for a sheep.
App: That bible knowledge alone does not equate to walking rightly with GodDon’t let your life, sabotage your theology
Here’s the point: David knew God’s word…But he had lost sight of God
App: Bible knowledge alone does not equate to walking rightly with God...Don’t let your life, sabotage your theology
So David heard the story and responded harshly….look at Nathen’s response
App: And do you know that this is a part of coming to repentance…their is a godly grief that leads to repentance
2 Samuel 12:7–9 ESV
7 Nathan said to David, “You are the man! Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you out of the hand of Saul. 8 And I gave you your master’s house and your master’s wives into your arms and gave you the house of Israel and of Judah. And if this were too little, I would add to you as much more. 9 Why have you despised the word of the Lord, to do what is evil in his sight? You have struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and have taken his wife to be your wife and have killed him with the sword of the Ammonites.
Notice a few things about this Nathan’s rebuke
It was personal - “You are the man” v.7 “You stuck down Uriah” v.9 “You have despised the word of the Lord v.9” God didn’t want Nathan to be vague he wanted to call David out...
App: A personal salvation requires a personal conviction…and repentance wont come until your willing to say....”It’s me, i did it”
Illustrate: Something that pastoral experience always reveals is that you can’t help someone who isn’t wiling to admit that they personally have a problem
Illustrate: Something that pastoral experience always reveals is that you can’t help someone who isn’t wiling to admit that they personally have a problem
Truth: The hardest sin to see is yours
It was truthful and specific - A lot of sin can be hidden by generalizing it…But Nathan told David exactly what he had done - You stole another man’s wife, you murdered the man….by doing that you despised the word of the LordIt wasn’t enough for David to confess that he was a sinner in a general sense; he had to confess his sin at this very point.Illustrate: We generalize our sin, we generally lie about it as well“J. Edwin Orr tells of a time of revival in Brazil when a lady stood in a crowded church and said, “Please pray for me. I need to love people more.” The leader gently told her, “That is not confession, sister. Anyone could have said it.” Later in the service the woman stood again and said, “Please pray for me. What I should have said is that my tongue has caused a lot of trouble in this church.” Her pastor whispered to the leader, “Now she’s talking.”
App: David would listen to Nathan’s personal rebuke…Because Nathan had always been personally encouraging to David
It was direct and to the point - A lot of sin can be hidden by generalizing it…But Nathan told David exactly what he had done - You stole another man’s wife, you murdered the man….by doing that you despised the word of the Lord - It wasn’t enough for David to confess that he was a sinner in a general sense; he had to confess his sin at this very point.
Illustrate: When we generalize our sin, We can generally lie about it as well
If you in sin….That Sin has a name, God knows it, call it what God calls it
“J. Edwin Orr tells of a time of revival in Brazil when a lady stood in a crowded church and said, “Please pray for me. I need to love people more.” The leader gently told her, “That is not confession, sister. Anyone could have said it.” Later in the service the woman stood again and said, “Please pray for me. What I should have said is that my tongue has caused a lot of trouble in this church.” Her pastor whispered to the leader, “Now she’s talking.”
App: If you in sin….That Sin has a name, God knows it, call it what God calls it
It was a grounded in God’s kindness - (ESV) 7 Nathan said to David, “You are the man! Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you out of the hand of Saul. 8 And I gave you your master’s house and your master’s wives into your arms and gave you the house of Israel and of Judah. And if this were too little, I would add to you as much more.Nathan is reminding David of God’s faithfulness to DavidI called you from the pastureI anointed youI delivered you out of the hands of SaulI gave you his kingdom and all the prestige that comes from itI would have given you much moreWhy is this important? because it’s God’s kindness that leads to repentance…It’s one thing to disobey a cold dictator…but why would you ever wanted to discard a loving savior who only wants the best for you App: Here’s the sobering reality of Sin, it puts you at odd…with the God who loves you and wants to give you all things that will benefit you
It was a grounded in God’s kindness - (ESV) 7 Nathan said to David, “You are the man! Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you out of the hand of Saul. 8 And I gave you your master’s house and your master’s wives into your arms and gave you the house of Israel and of Judah. And if this were too little, I would add to you as much more. - Nathan is reminding David of God’s faithfulness...
Why is this important?
Because by going God’s commandment he was essentally saying “I can take care of myself better the God can”
Because it’s God’s kindness that leads to repentance -It’s one thing to disobey a cold dictator…but why would you ever wanted to discard a loving savior who only wants the best for you
App: Here’s the sobering reality of Sin, it puts you at odd…with the God who loves you and wants to give you all things that will benefit you
Now Nathan tells him how God is gonna judge him
2 Samuel 12:10 ESV
10 Now therefore the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised me and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.’
God was saying that since you have acted so violently against your neighbor, the sword shall never depart from your house
God was saying that since you have acted so violently against your neighbor, the sword shall never depart from your house
It’s interesting that David command a “fourfold restitution” on the rich man who stole the Lamb” because that’s what God would invoke upon him - All told, four of David’s sons would experience premature death—an unnamed son (cf. 12:18), Amnon (cf. 13:29), Absalom (cf. 18:14–15), and Adonijah (cf. )
Also notice that David despised the word of the Lord v.9…which ultimately meant he despised the Lord himself v.10 - “You have despised my word…you have despised me”I
Also notice that David despised the word of the Lord v.9…which ultimately meant he despised the Lord himself v.10 - “You have despised my word…you have despised me”Illustrate: there are many people who would say, “Hey I’m a christian, but I just Love Jesus, I don’t really Love the bibleUnderstand: To love Jesus is to Love Jesus’ wordPsalm 138:2John 14:15
Illustrate: there are many people who would say, “Hey I’m a christian, but I just Love Jesus, I don’t really Love the bible
Understand: To love Jesus is to Love Jesus’ word
Psalm 138:2 NKJV
2 I will worship toward Your holy temple, And praise Your name For Your lovingkindness and Your truth; For You have magnified Your word above all Your name.
Psalm 138:2John 14:15
John 14:15 ESV
15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
2 Samuel 12:11–12 ESV
11 Thus says the Lord, ‘Behold, I will raise up evil against you out of your own house. And I will take your wives before your eyes and give them to your neighbor, and he shall lie with your wives in the sight of this sun. 12 For you did it secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel and before the sun.’ ”
2 SAMUEL 12:
God says “David that same way you took your neighbors wife secretly…another will you all your wives publicly” this refers to chapter 16 where Absalom at the advice of Ahithaphol (who was David’s once trusted advisor and also Bathsheba’s grandfather) would go to the roof of David’s palace and in broad daylight set up a tent and have sex with all of David’s concubines so that all Israel would know…We’ll get to that in a few weeks
God says “David that same way you took your neighbors wife secretly…another will you all your wives publicly” this refers to chapter 16 where Absalom at the advice of Ahithaphol (who was David’s once trusted advisor and also Bathsheba’s grandfather) would go to the roof of David’s palace and in broad daylight set up a tent and have sex with all of David’s concubines so that all Israel would know
4 principles to remember from Nathan confronting David

Base the charges on absolute truth

Take time to get all the facts before you point your finger.

Wait for God’s timing

Wait for God’s timing! [would you ever counsel someone to wait 9-12 months to confront?]See the first words...Then the Lord sent Nathan to David.Confronting a person too early, while emotions are turbulent, can do more harm than good. Wait for God’s go ahead. Timely advice is lovely, like golden apples in a silver basket.Use wise wording!​​​​​​​Nathan didn’t accuse David right away; he softened his heart w/a word picture.Plan your words carefully before you talk with them.Go with courage!​​​​​​​No one like to be confronted. We always run the risk of straining a relationship or even losing a friend. But the risk is well worth the reward when the person is restored. :6Faithful are the wounds of a friend.
The Lord sent Nathan to David.Confronting a person too early, while emotions are turbulent, can do more harm than good.

Choose your words wisely

Use wise wording!​​​​​​​ Nathan didn’t accuse David right away; he softened his heart w/a word picture. Plan your words carefully before you talk with them.
Nathan didn’t accuse David right away; he softened his heart w/a word picture. Plan your words carefully before you talk with them.

Go with courage​​​​​​

Use wise wording!​​​​​​​Nathan didn’t accuse David right away; he softened his heart w/a word picture.Plan your words carefully before you talk with them.Go with courage!​​​​​​​No one like to be confronted. We always run the risk of straining a relationship or even losing a friend. But the risk is well worth the reward when the person is restored. :6Faithful are the wounds of a friend.
No one like to be confronted. We always run the risk of straining a relationship or even losing a friend. But the risk is well worth the reward when the person is restored.
And this brings us to the next phase
And this brings us to the next phase

Repentance v.13-23

Look at David’s response to Nathan’s rebuke...
Look at David’s response…
Look at David’s response…
And David said to Nathan “I have sinned against the Lord”
This is where everything began to change for David He doesn’t try and spin it, he doesn’t use excuses....Nathan says “You are the man”…David says “I am”…he simply agrees with God’s assessment of him
David said I’ve sinned against the Lord - and some would say “Wait didn’t he sin against uriah?” David had certainly sinned against Uriah, Bathsheba, and unnamed soldiers; but those offenses were secondary in nature. If David wouldn’t have rebelled against the Lord’s Word, these persons would not have been murdered or abused.
App: if your a leader or a parent, recognize that you can still be wrong, you’re still capable of great sin and folly…so don’t be so proud that you can’t own your sin
App: Guys anytime we sin…it’s always against the Lord first
Illustrate: Think about someone who tries to overthrow the goverment…but along the way, they steal someones car, and hurt others in the process…though they will have to give account for those other crimes…they will always tried for treason first
App: if your a leader or a parent, recognize that you can still be wrong, you’re still capable of great sin and folly…so don’t be so proud that you can’t own your sin
Thats the same with us…Before we break any of the 10 commandments....we always break the first one
Here’s the point: Before anything else…Sin is a vertical issue…we want to address that before anything else
David knew this
It’s only fitting that we look at the psalm that was birthed out of this event…psalm that gives us the fullness of what David was thinking and saying to the Lord during this time…
It’s only fitting that we look at the psalm that was birthed out of this event…psalm that gives us the fullness of what David was thinking and saying to the Lord during this time…
Don’t hide your sin…
Psalm 51:1–3 ESV
1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! 3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.
Psalm 51:1–6 ESV
1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! 3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. 4 Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment. 5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me. 6 Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.
Ps 51:1
David, the man who had been hiding and covering his sin for so long, who’s been saying “I need to cover, I need to hide, I need o plot, I need to stay one step ahead of this thing, has finally come to the place where he knows what he needs...
David, the man who had been hiding and covering his sin for so long, who’s been saying “I need to cover, I need to hide, I need o plot, I need to stay one step ahead of this thing, has finally come to the place where he knows what he needs...
He needs mercy…He needs to be washed
Psalm 51:4–6 ESV
4 Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment. 5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me. 6 Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.
ps 51:4-
David’s understanding where his greatest sin lies…It’s against the Lord, he’s been running from him and lying to himself about God’s ability to see his sin
And the man who’s been lying about his sin for almost a year…says “I remember what pleases you now…honesty”
App: We do a lot of things in our pursuit to please God…but just start with honesty and go from there
ps 51:7
Psalm 51:7–9 ESV
7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. 8 Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have broken rejoice. 9 Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.
Psalm 51:7–8 ESV
7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. 8 Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have broken rejoice.
2 sam 12:
God only you can wash me the way I need to be wash. and only you can break me in such a way where I will be restored
God only you can wash me the way I need to be wash. and only you can break me in such a way where I will be restored
Psalm 51:10–12 ESV
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. 11 Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. 12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.
ps 51:10
I love this…this repentance wasn’t because He wanted Jesus to do something from him like Saul always did…He just wanted Fellowship restored again...
Ps 51:13
2 Samuel 12:13–14 ESV
13 David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” And Nathan said to David, “The Lord also has put away your sin; you shall not die. 14 Nevertheless, because by this deed you have utterly scorned the Lord, the child who is born to you shall die.”
Psalm 51:13–15 ESV
13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you. 14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, O God of my salvation, and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness. 15 O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise.
Those who recognize how much the’ve been forgiven make the best evangelists and counselors…because he who’s been forgiven much…loves much
Psalm 51:16–17 ESV
16 For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it; you will not be pleased with a burnt offering. 17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
ps 51:17-
All of this led David to the realization once again that Salvation is not a program of do this, an do that…it’s about being broken and rebuilt by the Lord from the ground up...
Now, we come to a really difficult conclusion...

Recompense v. 13-23

2 Samuel 12:13–14 ESV
13 David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” And Nathan said to David, “The Lord also has put away your sin; you shall not die. 14 Nevertheless, because by this deed you have utterly scorned the Lord, the child who is born to you shall die.”
2 sam 12:13-
This is both a wonderful and difficult statement, we hear Nathan say that “The Lord has put your sin away” “nevertheless there are gonna be consequences to your sin”
App: This highlights something very important to understand in regards to repentance…Repentance means restoration of relationship…but not nesserelly rescue from the consequences brought about because of your sin
The child who is born to you shall die: There is a difference in judgment for sin and judgment by sin. God forgave David’s sin, but He would not shield him from every consequence of the sin. David had to face the consequences of his sin, beginning with the death of the child born by Bathsheba.
Nathen says nevertheless “The child who is born to you shall die” There is a difference in judgment for sin and judgment by sin. God forgave David’s sin, but He would not shield him from every consequence of the sin. David had to face the consequences of his sin, beginning with the death of the child born by Bathsheba.
The child who is born to you shall die: There is a difference in judgment for sin and judgment by sin. God forgave David’s sin, but He would not shield him from every consequence of the sin. David had to face the consequences of his sin, beginning with the death of the child born by Bathsheba.
“David’s sin was forgiven, but the consequences he had to take! When God forgives us and restores us to favor, He uses the rod, too, and life is never quite the same again. Oh yes, He restores His repentant child to fellowship, but sometimes a man has to drink the bitter cup; a forgiven man may still have to reap what he has sown.”
The child who is born to you shall die: There is a difference in judgment for sin and judgment by sin. God forgave David’s sin, but He would not shield him from every consequence of the sin. David had to face the consequences of his sin, beginning with the death of the child born by Bathsheba.
2 Samuel 12:15 ESV
15 Then Nathan went to his house. And the Lord afflicted the child that Uriah’s wife bore to David, and he became sick.
“David’s sin was forgiven, but the consequences he had to take! When God forgives us and restores us to favor, He uses the rod, too, and life is never quite the same again. Oh yes, He restores His repentant child to fellowship, but sometimes a man has to drink the bitter cup; a forgiven man may still have to reap what he has sown.”
It’s important to see that this child sickness was brought on by the hand of the Lord…this is very difficult to wrap your mind around....how do we?
Let’s read the whole of this next account and then I’ll make a few comments about it
His sin was forgiven, but the consequences he had to take! When God forgives us and restores us to favor, He uses the rod, too, and life is never quite the same again. Oh yes, He restores His repentant child to fellowship, but sometimes a man has to drink the bitter cup; a forgiven man may still have to reap what he has sown.”
A few things to rememeber:
i. This shows that God didn’t only want to heal David of the guilt of his sin; He also wanted to heal David of the presence of this sin. We never read of David committing adultery again because God used these chastisements to drive such impurities far from David.
This shows that God didn’t only want to heal David of the guilt of his sin; He also wanted to heal David of the presence of this sin. We never read of David committing adultery again because God used these chastisements to drive such impurities far from David.
Excerpt From: Alan Redpath. “The Making of a Man of God.” Apple Books. https://books.apple.com/us/book/the-making-of-a-man-of-god/id597963827This shows that God didn’t only want to heal David of the guilt of his sin; He also wanted to heal David of the presence of this sin. We never read of David committing adultery again because God used these chastisements to drive such impurities far from David.
What do we make of this? David’s sin according to God’s law required the death penalty, But had forgiven David and released him from his debt…but it still had to be paid for so God took David’s son
“Long before his sin with Bathsheba, there were various indications as to David’s special liability to temptation. That sin only threw out upon the surface the evil that was always within him; and now God, having him see that the deadly cancer is there, begins to use the knife to cut it out of him.” (Spurgeon)
2 Samuel 12:15–19 ESV
15 Then Nathan went to his house. And the Lord afflicted the child that Uriah’s wife bore to David, and he became sick. 16 David therefore sought God on behalf of the child. And David fasted and went in and lay all night on the ground. 17 And the elders of his house stood beside him, to raise him from the ground, but he would not, nor did he eat food with them. 18 On the seventh day the child died. And the servants of David were afraid to tell him that the child was dead, for they said, “Behold, while the child was yet alive, we spoke to him, and he did not listen to us. How then can we say to him the child is dead? He may do himself some harm.” 19 But when David saw that his servants were whispering together, David understood that the child was dead. And David said to his servants, “Is the child dead?” They said, “He is dead.”
2 Samuel 12:15–23 ESV
15 Then Nathan went to his house. And the Lord afflicted the child that Uriah’s wife bore to David, and he became sick. 16 David therefore sought God on behalf of the child. And David fasted and went in and lay all night on the ground. 17 And the elders of his house stood beside him, to raise him from the ground, but he would not, nor did he eat food with them. 18 On the seventh day the child died. And the servants of David were afraid to tell him that the child was dead, for they said, “Behold, while the child was yet alive, we spoke to him, and he did not listen to us. How then can we say to him the child is dead? He may do himself some harm.” 19 But when David saw that his servants were whispering together, David understood that the child was dead. And David said to his servants, “Is the child dead?” They said, “He is dead.” 20 Then David arose from the earth and washed and anointed himself and changed his clothes. And he went into the house of the Lord and worshiped. He then went to his own house. And when he asked, they set food before him, and he ate. 21 Then his servants said to him, “What is this thing that you have done? You fasted and wept for the child while he was alive; but when the child died, you arose and ate food.” 22 He said, “While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept, for I said, ‘Who knows whether the Lord will be gracious to me, that the child may live?’ 23 But now he is dead. Why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he will not return to me.”
2 sam 12:15-
2 sam 12:15-
So this is a tough passage for any pastor to teach on because verse 15 makes it clear that this child was afflicted By the Lord…and though David prayed and fasted God saw fit to take the little one from David and his mother...
2 Samuel 12:13–23 ESV
13 David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” And Nathan said to David, “The Lord also has put away your sin; you shall not die. 14 Nevertheless, because by this deed you have utterly scorned the Lord, the child who is born to you shall die.” 15 Then Nathan went to his house. And the Lord afflicted the child that Uriah’s wife bore to David, and he became sick. 16 David therefore sought God on behalf of the child. And David fasted and went in and lay all night on the ground. 17 And the elders of his house stood beside him, to raise him from the ground, but he would not, nor did he eat food with them. 18 On the seventh day the child died. And the servants of David were afraid to tell him that the child was dead, for they said, “Behold, while the child was yet alive, we spoke to him, and he did not listen to us. How then can we say to him the child is dead? He may do himself some harm.” 19 But when David saw that his servants were whispering together, David understood that the child was dead. And David said to his servants, “Is the child dead?” They said, “He is dead.” 20 Then David arose from the earth and washed and anointed himself and changed his clothes. And he went into the house of the Lord and worshiped. He then went to his own house. And when he asked, they set food before him, and he ate. 21 Then his servants said to him, “What is this thing that you have done? You fasted and wept for the child while he was alive; but when the child died, you arose and ate food.” 22 He said, “While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept, for I said, ‘Who knows whether the Lord will be gracious to me, that the child may live?’ 23 But now he is dead. Why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he will not return to me.”
What do we make of this? - Here are 3 things we must remember

According to God’s Word...there are worse things than physical death

First we must remember that according to the bible there are worse things then physical death
Jesus said this...
Matthew 10:28 ESV
28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
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Some critics like to use passages like this to Say that God is unfair, but if your gonna use the bible…you have to use the whole bible…was this boy’s physical life ended…yes…is there a more important life after this physical life ends? absolutely…and Judging by David’s responds to his servants ini v.23 “I shall go to him, but he will not return to me” this alludes to a reunion in heaven
So physical is not the final judgment and I believe this little one is in heaven

God’s pain always has a purpose

Secondly, we must understand their was a divine purpose to the death of David’s child
Hebrews 12:6 ESV
6 For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.”
Hebrews 12:6 ESV
6 For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.”
Illustrate: Think about this as parent…when it comes to our kids, the greater the transgression, the greater the punishment
This shows that God didn’t only want to heal David of the guilt of his sin; He also wanted to heal David of the presence of this sin. We never read of David committing adultery again because God used these chastisements to drive such impurities far from David.
Woven into this account is God’s stern yet loving hand of discipline and sanctification...This shows that God didn’t only want to heal David of the guilt of his sin; He also wanted to heal David of the presence of this sin. We never read of David committing adultery again because God used these chastisements and consequences to bring him to a place where He would never want to do something like this again
Here’s the last thing to remember
This shows that God didn’t only want to heal David of the guilt of his sin; He also wanted to heal David of the presence of this sin. We never read of David committing adultery again because God used these chastisements to drive such impurities far from David.
i. This shows that God didn’t only want to heal David of the guilt of his sin; He also wanted to heal David of the presence of this sin. We never read of David committing adultery again because God used these chastisements to drive such impurities far from David.

God knows how it feels to lose a son

Romans 8:31–32 ESV
31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?
Romans 8:31–37 ESV
31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
David’s son died because of his sin...But Jesus the son of God died for David’s sin
Jesus the innocent son of God, came to earth, suffered all the issues of and frailties of humanity, was betrayed, abandoned and murdered so that my sins could be atoned…God gave His son for you and I so that we might set free from the penalty of sin…which is eternal separation from God
Romans 6:23 ESV
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Restoration v.24-25

2 Samuel 12:24–25 ESV
24 Then David comforted his wife, Bathsheba, and went in to her and lay with her, and she bore a son, and he called his name Solomon. And the Lord loved him 25 and sent a message by Nathan the prophet. So he called his name Jedidiah, because of the Lord.
This is a picture of restoration...Do you know that this is the fist time in this whole account that God’s word refers to Bathsheba as David’s wife…it was only after he had confessed, repented, and submitted to God’s discipline was their a difference in the way God saw this…and Now God’s blessing was upon this marriage, and they blessed him with a beautiful boy who would grow up to be the successor to David’s throne...
24 Then David comforted his wife, Bathsheba - Do you know that this is the fist time in this whole account that God’s word refers to Bathsheba as David’s wife…it was only after he had confessed, repented, and submitted to God’s discipline was their a difference in the way God saw this
The Lord sends Nathan with a God given Name - Jedidiah “Loved by God”
Here’s the point: This was God’s heart for David the whole…a heart of blessing
Conclusion: If your here and your in sin, I pray that you would repent, but not only to spare you and those around you from the physical consciences but more importantly, because that hidden sin is keeping you from having a deep fellowship with Jesus who loves you and wants to bless.
John 10:10 ESV
10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
Jesus wants to give you abundant life…but it can be taken…don’t let sin, satan, or disobedience steal it away…lay it down today
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