2 Samuel 12

2 Samuel 12 is a very clear picture of the price of sin.  David is confronted by the prophet Nathan who was sent to him to address his sin.  Nathan tells a story of a rich man who steals a poor man’s lamb.  David goes ballistic and wants revenge on this rich man, until Nathan tells him the rest of the story, that being that the story is about him.  Nathan says “You are the man”.  He has confronted the king of Israel with his sin.  Pretty gusty thing to do, but he was sent specifically by God.

God was displeased with what David did in killing Uriah and taking Bathsheeba to be his wife.  Nathan asks a very penetrating question: “Why have you despised the word of the Lord, to do what is evil in his sight”?  And now, there is a price to be paid for that sin.  David knew he was sinning.  He made a conscious choice to violate God’s law.  Sin is willful disobedience.  It is when we know what we should or shouldn’t do, and do things our way instead of God’s way.  And when we do sin – there is always a consequence.

The reality of sin is that it always takes you farther than you wanted to go, keeps you longer than you wanted to stay, and costs you more than you wanted to spend.  And in David’s case, God is clear that “because by this deed you have utterly scorned the Lord, the child who is born to you shall die”.  It will cost the life of his son.  That’s a pretty severe price to pay, yet God was clear that sin had to be paid.  David did all he could for seven days to try and change God’s mind, but it didn’t work.  His son died.

After it happened, David demonstrated what seemed strange to his servants.  For a week he had refused to eat, spent all his time seeking God through prayer and waited.  Now that his son has died, David got up and cleaned up, ate, worshipped God and moved on stating “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”?  David confessed his sin and moves on with life.  God doesn’t continue punishing him.  In fact, “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”.  Life moved on.  He learned a very important lesson about the price of sin, but also God’s forgivenss.

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