27: “When the mourning was over, David sent and brought her to his house, and she became his wife.” – David’s plan succeeded. He had killed Uriah in a way that he appeared to be a casualty of war. Then, in due course, he made Bathsheba his wife. He had everything he desired.
27b: “But the thing that David had done displeased the Lord.” – David’s sins were not only against Uriah. God and the entire country of Israel were victimized by his arrogance and selfishness.
1-4: “There were two men in a certain city, the one rich and the other poor…” – Nathan relates a story to David in an attempt to illustrate his sins against God.
5: “Then David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man.” – Blind to his own sin yet he is greatly disturbed by the injustices of another.
7: “Nathan said to David, ‘You are the man!’” – His blindness is lifted. Nathan successfully reveals David’s injustice and, without the veil of self-righteousness to blind him, David condemns the act.
11: “Thus says the Lord: I will raise up trouble against you from within your own house…” – God insures that there will be consequences for David’s actions.
13: “David said to Nathan, ‘I have sinned against the Lord.’ Nathan said to David, ‘Now the Lord has put away your sin; you shall not die.’” – Finally recognizing that his exploits were sins against God, David repents and God forgives.
Points to Contemplate:
What sin have you “gotten away with?” Did you gain something at another’s expense? Did everything work out and your action go undiscovered? Are you now forgetting what you have done and continuing on with your life? Have you justified your actions? Are you even judgmental of others when you hear about their sins? Do you self-righteously point the finger and have suggestions for proper punishment? Do these verses help you to realize that both you and God are among the victims of your actions? Do you feel the gnawing pangs of guilt seeping into your thoughts? What should you do?
Is there a “Nathan” in your life who can stand before you and hold you to a higher standard? Are there times when you can be a “Nathan” to others? What can you learn from Nathan? Do you see that he did not simply stand and accuse David of his sin, but instead, lead him to the realization? Are there times when this approach could be useful? Is it your responsibility to help keep other Christians on track? Is this not another way of building God’s kingdom?
Do you consider David to be a saint? Isn’t he called “a man after God’s own heart?” How can a person be a saint and a sinner at the same time? Does this story illustrate how God works through our brokenness and transforms us into His saints? Do you see that you are never unworthy of sainthood? That the magnitude of your sins is never too great for God to overcome? Can you become a person after God’s own heart? Can you allow him into your life so that He can lift you into sainthood?
Today’s verses are exploring the result of sin in our lives. Who is the ultimate victim of your sins? Are you willing to stand in judgment for your sins? Through confession are you able to accept God’s forgiveness? How does the process of reconciliation work with God? Does our calling as believer’s into the body of Christ play a role in this process? What are your thoughts about God’s role in judgment and punishment? In what ways are these issues about the kingdom of God?
Promises of the Gospel:
No one wants to stand and have their sins held before them like dirty laundry hung out for the world to see. David was fully aware of his sins, yet he had become blind to them through arrogance and selfishness. We become so accustomed to our sinful nature that we often overlook the fact that through our unrepented sins we are limiting God’s effectiveness in our lives; we are down-sizing the kingdom of God! When we look our sins directly in the eye, confronting the issues we want left ignored, and when we ask God for forgiveness, we then allow God into our hearts and let Him transform us into the saints He wants us to be.