Part 42 Recap: David Sees a beautiful woman bathing from his rooftop and desires her. He calls her to him and sleeps with her. She later becomes pregnant by him. Uriah the woman’s husband comes home from war and will not go home to lay with her, so David sends him into the hottest battle where he is killed. After the woman finishes mourning her loss, David takes her as his wife.
God sent Nathan to David and instructed him to share a story about a rich man and a poor man. “…There were two men in one city; the one rich, and the other poor. The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds: But the poor man had nothing, save one little ewe lamb, which he had bought and nourished up: and it grew up together with him, and with his children; it did eat of his own meat, and drank of his own cup, and lay in his bosom, and was unto him as a daughter. And there came a traveller unto the rich man, and he spared to take of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress for the wayfaring man that was come unto him; but took the poor man’s lamb, and dressed it for the man that was come to him” (2 Samuel 12:1-4).
Had you been in David’s shoes and heard such a story what might your reaction have been? A rich man that takes from the poor. He takes not only from someone in need, but, takes what is most cherished by the poor man. David listens to the prophet of the Lord and is upset by this. “And David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man; and he said to Nathan, As the Lord liveth, the man that hath done this thing shall surely die: And he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity” (vs. 5-6). This might be the anger that any one of us might have for such a wicked man. This is a very sad tale. Nathan next reveals the person who committed the wickedness. “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; 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. 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. For thou didst it secretly: but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun” (vs. 7-12).
Taking a look in the mirror at times can be hard. We fail to hit the mark continually and our weaknesses are exposed. At times it is quite frustrating to see how often we can fail and make the same mistakes. God sees these mistakes and knows our hearts. “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do” (Hebrews 4:12-13). Our hearts, however, must turn toward him. We can not be frustrated with our own pride thinking we can handle all situations ourselves. He did die for that purpose, to unite us all in one. Repentance is aligning oneself with God and turning to him no matter how difficult, it is our duty as Christians. Always remember Hebrews 4:14-16: “Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need”. What did David know?