2 Samuel 11:26-12:19. This passage is too lengthy to copy here so I’ll highlight the events.
First, God sent Nathan the prophet to speak to David. At God’s direction he told David a story about a rich man who had large herds of sheep and cattle, yet stole the only sheep his poor neighbor had, a ewe lamb he had nurtured and raised from birth, and cared for as a daughter. The reason the rich man stole the lamb was because a traveler had arrived and was hungry. Rather than take one of his own sheep to kill and dress, to cook for the stranger, he chose to take the only lamb the poor man had. When the story was finished, David was very angry and demanded that the rich man be put to death after giving the poor man four times what he had stolen.
Nathan’s response, as directed by God, to put his finger in David’s face and declare, “You are the man.” 2 Sam. 12: 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;
2Sa 12:8 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.
2Sa 12:9 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.
2Sa 12:10 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.
2Sa 12:11 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.
2Sa 12:12 For thou didst it secretly: but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun.
2Sa 12:13 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.
2Sa 12:14 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.
2Sa 12:15 And Nathan departed unto his house. And the LORD struck the child that Uriah’s wife bare unto David, and it was very sick.
2Sa 12:16 David therefore besought God for the child; and David fasted, and went in, and lay all night upon the earth.
2Sa 12:17 And the elders of his house arose, and went to him, to raise him up from the earth: but he would not, neither did he eat bread with them.
2Sa 12:18 And it came to pass on the seventh day, that the child died. And the servants of David feared to tell him that the child was dead: for they said, Behold, while the child was yet alive, we spake unto him, and he would not hearken unto our voice: how will he then vex himself, if we tell him that the child is dead?
2Sa 12:19 But when David saw that his servants whispered, David perceived that the child was dead: therefore David said unto his servants, Is the child dead? And they said, He is dead.
So the first child of the union of David and Bathsheba died as a chastisement for his sin. Bathsheba also had to suffer the loss of her child. David also saw all his wives take from him. He learned of his son’s raping his half-sister Tamar, then discarding her like yesterday’s dishwater.
Second, as if these things weren’t enough, his son Absalom gathered an army to fight against his own father, trying to wrest the kingdom from him. David was a man of war all of his days, sometimes fighting his own family.
Thirdly, with all of his heart, David wanted to build a temple for the Lord God. Because he was a man of war (as a consequence of not being on the battlefield where he belonged), he was denied that privilege. God would allow his next son with Bathsheba to have that honor. (Solomon)
God forgave David and welcomed him back into His fellowship, but the consequences were set. David paid a high price for what most of us would consider a small indiscretion. We take our relationship with God far too lightly. If God would so chasten a man after His own heart, how much more those of us who are muddling through our relationship with God?
We need to see sin from God’s perspective because He isn’t going to change His mind about it.
Hebrews 12:5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:
Hebrews 12:7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
Hebrews 12:11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
Numbers 32:23 But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out.
Galatians 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
God will not be manipulated. He knows everything, right down to the thoughts and intents of the heart, so you can’t lie to Him. He will not be bribed or placated. The only way to deal with sin is to confess it, cast yourself on His mercy, and ask for forgiveness. True repentance means turning away from the sin, and turning back to God. If you’ve never been in fellowship with God, this would be the perfect time to rectify that situation.
Salvation is very simple. God made it that way on purpose. You can’t earn it. You can never be good enough. The ONLY way to have fellowship with God, and spend eternity in His presence is: 1) Admit you are a sinner.
Romans 3:23—For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. Romans 3:10, 12b—As it is written, There is none righteous, no not one: . . .there is none that doeth good, no not one.
2) You owe a penalty.
Romans 6:23—For the wages of sin is death; Rev. 20:15—And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. (This is a place created for Satan and his
angels, not for people, but God will not allow sin into His perfect kingdom. Rejection of the gift of salvation offered up through the shed blood of Christ on the cross of Calvary is the ultimate sin, the one unforgivable, unpardonable sin.)
3) You must believe that Jesus Christ paid the penalty for your sins through His shed blood and death on the cross.
Romans 5:8—But god commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 2 Corinthians 5:21–For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who know no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
4) You must receive by faith God’s free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ. Salvation cannot be earned by good works, but it is a free gift from God.
Romans 6:23b—The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Ephesians 2:8, 9—For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
5) Jesus is the only way to Heaven. How do you receive Jesus as your Saviour?
Romans 10:9—That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. Romans 10:13—For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
If you will trust Jesus Christ alone as your Saviour, say a prayer similar to this:
Dear God, I know I am a sinner. I believe that Jesus died on the cross to pay for my sins and that He arose again from the dead. I am willing to place my complete trust in Jesus to save me. I ask you to forgive my sins, and I now trust Jesus as my Saviour. From this moment on I will completely depend on Jesus and Jesus alone for my salvation. Thank you for saving me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
The Bible teaches that you can know for sure you are saved. If you receive the gift of eternal life, you can never lose that gift.
1 John 5:13—These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
John 3:16—For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Once you are saved,, you should grow spiritually. Here are some ways to help you grow:
*Join a Bible-believing church (King James Version—the rest will lead you into false doctrine)
*Be baptized as a public testimony of what God has done for you
*Pray and study your Bible
*Tell others what Jesus did for you