Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings: 2 Samuel 12-13; Luke 16
9 Why have you despised the Lord’s word by doing what is evil in his eyes? You have struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and taken his wife as your own. You used the Ammonites to kill him. 10 Because of that, because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite as your own, the sword will never leave your own house.
11 “This is what the Lord says: I am making trouble come against you from inside your own family. Before your very eyes I will take your wives away and give them to your friend, and he will have sex with your wives in broad daylight. 12 You did what you did secretly, but I will do what I am doing before all Israel in the light of day.”
13 “I’ve sinned against the Lord!” David said to Nathan.
“The Lord has removed your sin,” Nathan replied to David. “You won’t die. 14 However, because you have utterly disrespected the Lord by doing this, the son born to you will definitely die.” (2 Samuel 12:9-14, Common English Bible).
David, the guy after God’s own heart, the guy that knew God would help him whip up on the Philistine version of Shaq, Goliath, shows he is like the rest of us, he too has feet of clay.
First David has an affair with the wife of one of his soldiers. There is a line of theological thought that says it wasn’t an affair but instead, it was David being even more sexually inappropriate and in essence using his power to force Bathsheba into the illicit affair. Think about it, it isn’t beyond the realm of possibility. After all, he is the king and she was just a woman. As I’ve said before, I am not trying to be controversial when I say that. Women were little more really than the purpose for which David used Bathsheba. Well, that and rearing a family, hauling water, cooking, making clothes… shall I continue?
Then to make matters worse, when Bathsheba’s husband wouldn’t cooperate in David’s efforts to cover things up, David sent him into battle and to his death. He may not have murdered the poor guy, but he may as well have done so.
I remember one Sunday I preached on David and Bathsheba. After the service, a man met me at the door. “Preacher! I don’t know why you thought you had to preach that sermon. We don’t have any murderers and adulterers in our church!”
I wanted to answer, “Are you sure?” but I let it go. In reality, I was a lot more concerned that he completely missed the point and I am sharing this little side story with you because I don’t want you to miss it too. This isn’t about murder and adultery. Yes, those two sins are present. Of that, there is no doubt. But, this isn’t about some specific sin, it is about sin, period. David had committed sin and tried to sneak around about it. He tried to cover it up. He did it secretly. And God said, through the Prophet Nathan, “What you did, you did in secret. What I am about to do, I will do in broad daylight so everyone will see it.”
So much of the time when we commit sin, we try to keep it a secret. We try to cover it up. What God does, God lets the who world to see.
In the end, things sound bad for David. God knows his sin. God says punishment is coming. David’s child with Bathsheba is going to die. But, God says to David, “You aren’t going to die.” Further, before the Journey Through Scripture passages for today close, Bathsheba and David will celebrate the birth of another son, Solomon who will lead God’s people Israel.
Have a blessed day in the Lord.
With Joy and Thankfulness,
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