2 Samuel 12:5-6..5 Then David’s anger burned greatly against the man, and he said to Nathan, “As the Lord lives, surely the man who has done this deserves to die. 6 He must make restitution for the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing and had no compassion.”
The king was furious and expressed his feeling that the rich man in Nathans story [vv.1-4] deserved to die v.5. However, David did not order the rich man to be executed. Instead, he pronounced an official judgment based on the law of Moses. Exodus 22:1 indicates that a thief must make restitution of “four sheep for the sheep.” David knew the Law of God.
David sentenced the rich man to pay four lambs to the poor man in restitution for the one lamb that was taken and slaughtered. David said the rich man had been guilty of showing no pity toward a fellow Israelite in need; he “had no compassion”. David desired to inflict a greater punishment on the guilty man. Nevertheless, he would confine his verdict to the stipulations of the law. In doing so, David showed mercy to a sinner despite his emotional desire to put the rich man to death.
Perhaps you can relate to the saying “Justice we want for others; mercy we want for ourselves.” Pointing out the sins of others comes easily to us. Admitting our own sins is far more difficult. As believers, we need to recognize that trying to hide our sins from God is impossible. Yet we should also be grateful that in Jesus, God provides undeserved mercy to us when confess. “9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” [1 John 1:8-10].
How can using stories from scripture or life help in confronting sinful behavior by others?
Henry Luke 7/19/2018