2 Samuel 12:1 And the LORD sent Nathan unto David.
We saw in A Tale of a King that King David had broken many of God’s commandments in an episode of adultery, deceit and murder. David thought that he had gotten away with it, and got the woman an a new son.
We all tend to think that if we are not found out in the things we do, that we have somehow gotten away with it. Nothing could be further from the truth. When we sin, when we hurt others, and we do so with no knowledge of others, or if we have a power over them in which they have no hope of being believed, we may get away with it, but we are not guiltless.
2 Samuel 11: 27 But the thing that David had done displeased the LORD.
Even though David was known as “A man after God’s own heart”, he had forgotten God sees. There is no place where we can escape his sight, however, like a camera in an office, people tend to forget about the fact they are being watched, and after a while will do things that they will be either ashamed of or will be prosecuted for. David forgot God was watching. But he would soon entrap himself in the web he had created.
2 Samuel 12
1 And the LORD sent Nathan unto David. And he came unto him, and said unto him,
There were two men in one city; the one rich, and the other poor.
2 The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds:
3 But the poor man had nothing, save one little ewe lamb, which he had bought and nourished up: and it grew up together with him, and with his children; it did eat of his own meat, and drank of his own cup, and lay in his bosom, and was unto him as a daughter.
4 And there came a traveller unto the rich man, and he spared to take of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress for the wayfaring man that was come unto him; but took the poor man’s lamb, and dressed it for the man that was come to him.
It was a short story that brought about great anger in a King who prided himself in being fair. It was also a story that David would take personally, for he was a shepherd in his youth. He had many times risked his life to keep his sheep safe.
David also knew Nathan, he was a man who did not lie. So he became greatly disturbed by this tale of an unjust action on the part of the rich man.
5 And David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man; and he said to Nathan, As the LORD liveth, the man that hath done this thing shall surely die:
6 And he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.
Righteous David, the man for the people, the one who will bring justice for what someone did to a lamb, a small animal, even pronouncing death on the man who ate it. God is about to spring the trap!
7 And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul;
8 And I gave thee thy master’s house, and thy master’s wives into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things.
God recounted the goodness he had bestowed on David, then comes the judgement:
9 Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon.
10 Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife.
11 Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun.
12 For thou didst it secretly: but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun.
David not only brought judgement on himself, but on his children as well, God addressed this many times:
The LORD is longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation.
Some will accuse God here, but it is NOT God who does evil, it is us. And when we do things we will eventually get caught bringing shame on our family or we will teach our kids to do the same thing we do. He is just and righteous.
13 And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die.
14 Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die.
15 And Nathan departed unto his house. And the LORD struck the child that Uriah’s wife bare unto David, and it was very sick.
David received a just recompense for what he did. What do we deserve for what we do? We need forgiveness, but we need to confess and turn away from what we have done as well.