Blog — April 28

This account in Scripture is perhaps the most talked about.  Countless movies have been made.  I’ve heard everything there is to be said on the subject.  For instance, Bathsheba was a temptress and harlot; Bathsheba was a victim.  I will say that Bathsheba was no Abigail.  Here, we see David swinging from one extreme to another.  Not long before this, he was consumed with seeing God’s will done on earth to falling into immorality and premeditated murder.  He lost the respect of all who were near him, as well as the Prophet Nathan, his Commander-in-chief Joab, his family – particularly Amnon and Absalom—not to mention his murder victim Uriah who was one of “the thirty.”

As dark as it looked at the time, God had a plan.  First, He sent the man of God to David.  Secondly, once David repented, the sin offering was available.  Once he completed that with a repentant, humble heart, David had the peace offering available which restored fellowship with his God.

Newsflash!  God offers the same thing to us today.  When believers fail, we have I John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  Is there anything God can’t do?  Is He a Father who shuns us at every turn?  Are our sins bigger than the power of the Cross?  What is your take on today’s Scripture and how has it helped you?

Joyce Lascoe

Children’s Pastor at Trinity Chapel AG
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  1. Jeff Schexneider
    Jeff Schexneider says:

    The story is sordid in detail. David enters into an adulterous affair, and when Bathsheba gets pregnant, he attempts to cover his sin. When his scheme fails, he resorts to murder. The king has sinned grievously. And it looks like he’s going to get away with it….until God sends a prophet.

    Nathan is an interesting figure in the story of David. He just “appears” when David expresses the desire to build a temple for the Ark of the Covenant. In fact, David seeks the prophet’s counsel before embarking on this grand venture. Initially, Nathan endorses the plan, but God speaks to him that night and says otherwise. David is not meant to build the temple.

    It is interesting to consider why Nathan would be quick to okay David’s temple project in 2 Samuel 7. Perhaps it was because the prophet was enamored with playing an important role in David’s court. Maybe he was flattered that David approached him first. It could be that he was simply riding the popular wave of excitement at the king’s military conquests for Israel. After all, who can argue with success?

    When God contradicts Nathan’s initial advice there may have been some confusion. What is almost certain is that God was helping Nathan to see that the king would not always be right. God is preparing the prophet for a time when he would have to confront and rebuke the king. That time has come in chapter 12.

    It is almost certain that the king’s court was well aware of David’s abhorrent behavior. We don’t know how long Nathan prepared for this confrontation, but he was surely empowered by more than mere righteous indignation when he confronted David’s sin. The Spirit of God gave him a simple, but powerful, story that would convict the king and cut him to the heart.

    David’s prayer in Psalm 51 makes it clear that he is remorseful after the prophet Nathan confronts his sin. His prayer recorded in this passage forms an important example of true repentance. David prays, “Against you, and you alone, have I sinned; I have done what is evil in your sight. You will be proved right in what you say, and your judgment against me is just…. Do not banish me from your presence, and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me” (Psalms 51:4, 11). David’s guilt and anguish are clear in this prayer. (And I imagine that David did not want to experience God’s Spirit leaving him, like He did with King Saul.)

    We can learn much from this encounter. Nathan was obedient to God when he confronted the king. David did not respond with denial or reprisal against the prophet. When confronted by God, David repented of his sin. Knowing the rest of the story, we are aware of some of the consequences of David’s sin. But it is important to know that God responds to true repentance with grace and forgiveness.


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