King David Sinned Greatly But Repented
2 Samuel 12:22-23
10-6-20, In one of the darkest hours of his life, King David lusted after another man’s wife, committed adultery with Bathsheba [2 Samuel 11:4-5] and then had her husband, Uriah, killed. [2 Samuel 11:15]
His wickedness did not go unpunished. David married the beautiful Bathsheba, but God said David’s son would die. Four did.
Their first son became very sick. David fasted & prayed for the child to recover; but when he died he stopped fasting and no longer wept. David said: "While the child was alive I fasted & wept asking God to let the child live. But now that he is dead I can’t bring him back but I shall go to him but he can’t return to me." One more proof that if we and our loved ones are born again Christians, we will see them again in heaven. [See rich man and Lazarus who passed from earth, but from Hell rich man saw and recognized Lazarus. Luke 16:23]
The Lord sent Nathan unto David condemning him for his wickedness killing Uriah because Bathsheba was pregnant from the adultery and Uriah wouldn’t go home to his wife. [2 Samuel 11:11]
God told David: “I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul; 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. 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. 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.” 2 Samuel 12:7-10
David repented and confessed “I have sinned against the Lord.” 2 Samuel 12:13
A good lesson for us; although David repented he was still punished on this earth [Numbers 32:23] by his four sons dying:
Bathsheba's first unnamed son, also Adonijah, Amnon and son by Maacah, Absalom who was killed while riding a mule and his hair was caught in a tree; he helplessly hung there as the mule ran away. An enemy saw him and killed him. 2 Samuel 12:13-23, 18:10-14
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