Thought to Guide Your ReadingDavid thinks with the wrong head.
Summary in 100 Words or LessDavid saw Bathsheba, a beautiful woman, bathing on her roof. He slept with her, knowing she was Uriah's wife. She became pregnant.
David first tried to cover his indiscretion. Then he had the army conspire to kill Uriah and then married Bathsheba.
Nathan convicted David through the story of a rich man taking a poor man's prized lamb. David's punishment would be a divided house, public humiliation, and the death of Bathsheba's child.
David unsuccessfully tried to assuage God's wrath. His son died.
Later, Bathsheba gave birth to Solomon.
David returned to war and a triumphant victory over the Ammonites.
How Today’s Reading Contributes to the Gospel: God is Setting All Things Right
These acts seem out of character for David.As the story progresses, you see flashes of a king who cares little for righteousness and more for protecting his name. It could be that David's power began to corrupt his morals. Beware of great power—it can intoxicate your morals until you no longer set things right.
David's cover-up was worse than his mess-up.Unwilling to allow his name to be caught in a great scandal, he perpetrated an even worse scandal—the unjust killing of a fierce and loyal fighter. This is why Nathan confronts the murder and not the infidelity, "You murdered Uriah the Hittite, then took his wife as your wife. Worse, you killed him with an Ammonite sword!" (2 Samuel 12:9, The Message). Covering up our mistakes sets more things wrong than the mistakes themselves.
God does not remove His Spirit from David.Part of why God does not remove His Spirit from David will be seen tomorrow in the Psalms. What should be seen today is that, unlike Saul, God does not remove His Spirit from David. This is chiefly because of David's heart being after God. Notice what happened after Nathan gave David his punishment, "David prayed desperately to God for the little boy. He fasted, wouldn't go out, and slept on the floor" (2 Samuel 12:16, The Message). People after God's Heart are not perfect. They are willing to humble themselves before God when they make mistakes.
David blasphemed against God when he married Bathsheba. But he kept her as his wife.This is an important part of the story to remember. Not only did David keep Bathsheba as his wife, her next son, Solomon, had God's special love and would eventually become David's heir. God can set things right in any situation, even when what happened to get in the situation was a mistake.
May we learn from David's mistake—and not cover our mistakes!
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