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May 26, 2019

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Christian Standard Bible for 2019

Text: Nehemiah 7
Audio: Nehemiah 7

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2 Samuel 12 (ESV)

And the Lord sent Nathan to David. He came to him and said to him, “There were two men in a certain city, the one rich and the other poor. The rich man had very many flocks and herds, but the poor man had nothing but one little ewe lamb, which he had bought. And he brought it up, and it grew up with him and with his children. It used to eat of his morsel and drink from his cup and lie in his arms, and it was like a daughter to him. Now there came a traveler to the rich man, and he was unwilling to take one of his own flock or herd to prepare for the guest who had come to him, but he took the poor man’s lamb and prepared it for the man who had come to him.” Then David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man, and he said to Nathan, “As the Lord lives, the man who has done this deserves to die, and he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.”

Nathan said to David, “You are the man! Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you out of the hand of Saul. And I gave you your master’s house and your master’s wives into your arms and gave you the house of Israel and of Judah. And if this were too little, I would add to you as much more. Why have you despised the word of the Lord, to do what is evil in his sight? You have struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and have taken his wife to be your wife and have killed him with the sword of the Ammonites.10 Now therefore the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised me and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.’ 11 Thus says the Lord, ‘Behold, I will raise up evil against you out of your own house. And I will take your wives before your eyes and give them to your neighbor, and he shall lie with your wives in the sight of this sun. 12 For you did it secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel and before the sun.’” 13 David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” And Nathan said to David, “The Lord also has put away your sin; you shall not die. 14 Nevertheless, because by this deed you have utterly scorned the Lord, the child who is born to you shall die.” 15 Then Nathan went to his house.

And the Lord afflicted the child that Uriah’s wife bore to David, and he became sick. 16 David therefore sought God on behalf of the child. And David fasted and went in and lay all night on the ground. 17 And the elders of his house stood beside him, to raise him from the ground, but he would not, nor did he eat food with them.18 On the seventh day the child died. And the servants of David were afraid to tell him that the child was dead, for they said, “Behold, while the child was yet alive, we spoke to him, and he did not listen to us. How then can we say to him the child is dead? He may do himself some harm.” 19 But when David saw that his servants were whispering together, David understood that the child was dead. And David said to his servants, “Is the child dead?” They said, “He is dead.” 20 Then David arose from the earth and washed and anointed himself and changed his clothes. And he went into the house of the Lord and worshiped. He then went to his own house. And when he asked, they set food before him, and he ate. 21 Then his servants said to him, “What is this thing that you have done? You fasted and wept for the child while he was alive; but when the child died, you arose and ate food.”22 He said, “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?’ 23 But now he is dead. Why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he will not return to me.”

24 Then 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. And the Lord loved him25 and sent a message by Nathan the prophet. So he called his name Jedidiah, because of the Lord.

26 Now Joab fought against Rabbah of the Ammonites and took the royal city.27 And Joab sent messengers to David and said, “I have fought against Rabbah; moreover, I have taken the city of waters. 28 Now then gather the rest of the people together and encamp against the city and take it, lest I take the city and it be called by my name.” 29 So David gathered all the people together and went to Rabbah and fought against it and took it. 30 And he took the crown of their king from his head. The weight of it was a talent of gold, and in it was a precious stone, and it was placed on David’s head. And he brought out the spoil of the city, a very great amount. 31 And he brought out the people who were in it and set them to labor with saws and iron picks and iron axes and made them toil at the brick kilns. And thus he did to all the cities of the Ammonites. Then David and all the people returned to Jerusalem.

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  1. Despising the Word of the Lord

    David’s sin caught up with him in today’s chapter. Before confronting David about his sin, he uses an illustration/parable to “till the soil” of David’s heart.

    2 Samuel 12:5-6 says, “Then David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man, and he said to Nathan, ‘As the Lord lives, the man who has done this deserves to die, 6 and he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.'”

    Nathan breaks the news to David the man he spoke of in the story was him!

    Then Nathan asks David a rhetorical question in 2 Samuel 12:9a "Why have you despised the word of the Lord, to do what is evil in his sight?" He then proceeded to give David details of his dirty little secret which makes it clear the Lord saw everything David did and although he confessed his sin, the Lord tells David because he did evil to another man's family, he would receive evil in his own family. 

    The first consequence is found in the immediate verses of this chapter. Even after David confesses that he sinned against the Lord (2 Samuel 12:13), Nathan tells him "because by this deed you have utterly scorned the Lord, the child who is born to you shall die.” 15 Then Nathan went to his house" (2 Samuel 12:14). 

    While the Lord did forgive David's sin, we will see more consequences come to David's family for what he did.

    While many people view sin as “doing evil in the sight of the Lord”, I don't know many who would consider sin despising the Word of the Lord.

  2. I'm so grateful to God for sending Jesus, so that through Him we can be forgiven and be saved. 

    It's the single greatest thing that has ever happened in the history of the world, and it makes me so sad that not everyone knows that. 

    I love the Word of God; it has transformed me from someone who lived in darkness for decades into someone God reached down and pulled up into the light. 

    Like Pastor Scott said in church yesterday, you can't go out and make disciples if you don't know the Word of God. 

    I want so much to have God use me to help others see His brilliant, glorious light, and to see them be saved. 

     

  3. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

    What was it like for David to live under the burden and weight of his sin? Was he relieved to finally be confronted? According to the writer, once Nathan said, “You are the man,” David didn’t try to defend his sin, cover it up, or justify it. Instead, he immediately confessed his sin, and rightly saw it as sin against God.

    What is our reaction when confronted with our sin? Are we humble and contrite or proud and self-righteous? 

    The following Psalm (written by David!) sounds like it was written during this very painful season of his life. Note the effect being forgiven by God has on him!  

    Psalm 32

    “Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man against whom the Lord  counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.

    “For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Selah

    “I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,’ and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah

    “Therefore let everyone who is godly offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found; surely in the rush of great waters, they shall not reach him. You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance. Selah

    “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding, which must be curbed with bit and bridle, or it will not stay near you.

    “Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the Lord. Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!” Psalm 32:1-11

    I’m reminded of the grief and fear that washed over me when I first recognized I was not just a sinner, but my sin was against a holy God. But then the flood of relief I and joy I experienced when I first trusted in Christ and received forgiveness of all my sin! From that moment forward, my life has been lived for the God who set me free!

    “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

    And did you pick up on the change in perspective in the 5th paragraph (I bolder it for emphasis)? It sounds as though God interrupted the song at that point to speak directly to David. He is speaking to us as well!  

    How blessed we are to have a God who loves us so much!

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