2 Samuel 12:13-14…
13 Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” And Nathan said to David, “The Lord also has taken away your sin; you shall not die.
David immediately confessed that he had sinned against the Lord. According to the law, David deserved to die for his sins [Leviticus 20:10; 24:17]. David later wrote a more complete description of his confession and God’s response in Psalm 51, including the admission that God was right in passing sentence on David [Psalm 51:4). David came to God with the sacrifice of “a broken spirit; A broken and a contrite heart, O God” and God did not despise his sacrifice. [Psalm 51:16-17] David’s confession of guilt, sacrifice, and acceptance of divine punishment was unlike Saul’s when Samuel confronted Saul about his sin. Saul lied to Samuel and the Lord, and the Lord said to Saul your kingdom will not go to your descendants. [1 Samuel 15] But, Nathan announced that the Lord had taken away David’s sin and had shown mercy regarding David’s punishment.
14 However, because by this deed you have given occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme, the child also that is born to you shall surely die.”
Nathan had already declared that David would face disastrous consequences in his family because of his sinful actions. One more consequence would be that the child born as a result of David’s adultery would die as an infant. Even though God forgives us for our sins when we confess and repent, those sins may still result in consequences in this life.
May we never imagine that God’s grace somehow gives us a license to keep sinning [Romans 6:1-2,15-16]!
Read Psalm 51:1-19. Meditate on each verse and reflect how the words apply to you. Confess and repent of any sin in your life. If you have never received Christ as your Lord and Savior, pray and do so now.
Henry Luke 7/21/2018