Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” Nathan replied, “The Lord has taken away your sin. You are not going to die. 2 Samuel 12:13
The compelling story of King David, Bathsheba, Joab, Uriah the Hittite and Nathan is found over 2 chapters here in 2 Samuel. It’s an intriguing story with many lessons for me. It’s a turning point for David, effecting his relationship with God and changing the future of the royal family… and as a result the nation of Israel.
Nathan’s parable that enrages the King and ends with the proclamation “You are the man!” is epic in every way. Evidently David remains silent as Nathan explains how his actions have displeased God Almighty (cf. 11:27). King David could have had numerous responses to the prophet Nathan, but back came the simple reply, “I have sinned against the Lord.”
Just as quickly and simply comes forgiveness. Nathan conveyed that David’s sin had been removed from him. Forgiveness meant that he would not die. There would still be consequences that would change David forever, but the calamity coming to him was removed by the grace of God.
God struck down the child born from David’s adultery with Bathsheba. There was more for the King to learn through this experience, and David is changed through the death of his child whom he clearly loves.
What’s compelling is that Bathsheba continues as David’s wife. They are given another son whom they name Solomon and because God so loves Solomon, He sends Nathan to rename the child Jedidiah (“loved by the Lord”). This child, though not the firstborn son of David, would eventually become the next King of Israel. God grace is amazing! Human sin is displeasing to Him and appropriate correction, even judgment, is always taken – but human sin does not derail God. His grace and plan continue even though we are derailed by our sin. Thankfully there is forgiveness!
Great God and Father, You are awesome! Bring glory to Yourself through the telling of Your story and the unfolding of Your plan in my life. Thank You for Your Word that speaks so powerfully. I live for You today.