Merciful God and Sinful Humanity
Illustrating the point of how God shows mercy and at the same time we will see how, “the wages of sin is death…” can be found in the life of King David. Most of us are familiar what took place between David, Uriah the Hittite and Bathsheba.
Briefly reviewing, 2 Samuel 11 starts the story of where King David walking on the roof, sees a woman bathing. Her name is Bathsheba and she’s married to a righteous man named Uriah. David has his men bring her to him, he makes her have sex with him – essentially raping a married woman. David is guilty of rape, adultery and covetousness. It turns out she becomes pregnant. David then makes things worse by ultimately having Uriah, Bathsheba’s husband murdered. He then marries Bathsheba.
The Word of the Lord came to David from Nathan the Prophet. Read how the Lord offers mercy and the deathly affects sin brings upon David at the same time.
9 ‘Why have you despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in His sight? You have killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword; you have taken his wife [to be] your wife, and have killed him with the sword of the people of Ammon. 10 ‘Now therefore, the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised Me, and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.’ 11 “Thus says the LORD: ‘Behold, I will raise up adversity against you from your own house; and I will take your wives before your eyes and give [them] to your neighbor, and he shall lie with your wives in the sight of this sun. 12 ‘For you did [it] secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel, before the sun.’ ” 13 So David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the LORD.” And Nathan said to David, “The LORD also has put away your sin; you shall not die. 14 “However, because by this deed you have given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also [who is] born to you shall surely die.” 15 Then Nathan departed to his house. And the LORD struck the child that Uriah’s wife bore to David, and it became ill. [2Sa 12:9-15 NKJV]
Notice God’s perspective in this story.
27 And when her mourning was over, David sent and brought her to his house, and she became his wife and bore him a son. But the thing that David had done displeased the LORD. [2Sa 11:27 NKJV]
David, committed the sins of covetousness, rape, adultery, and murder.
The mercy of God:
1. In the old testament the penalty for adultery was death. David under the law should have been stoned. He was not stoned. Nor did God strike David down dead as He has to others through out the Bible.
2. David did not lose his kingdom as King Saul did.
3. He did not lose his position as king.
4. In some ways one might argue the death of the baby was mercy because it will not grow up in a world with a stigma of being a bastard child. God spared the child a ton of ridicule and heartache because quite frankly, being the King’s son is about as famous as you can be in those days.
The wages of sin is death:
1. The sword will never depart from David’s house.
2. Adversity will arise up within David’s own house hold.
3. His wives will become other men’s wives.
4. The child died in the womb.
Look how long it takes for the fulfillment of the Word of the Lord to come to pass. 2nd Samuel 13 begins with David’s son Amnon wanting to sleep with his sister Tamar. He rapes her, despises her, she becomes desolate and eventually David’s son Absalom brother to Tamar murder’s Amnon. Absalom later attempts to steal the throne away from his father David. Joab ends Absalom’s life. The level of sin and tragedy only increases through the generations of David’s descendants.
Notice the different forms of death. Family unity broken and strife came into the picture. Actual physical death of David’s sons also occurred. Later on we read about Solomon’s failures, not to mention all through out 1st and 2nd Kings how most of them didn’t follow in the way of their father David, but did wicked in the eyes of the LORD. It is astounding how much pain, suffering and death can come from one decision for unrighteousness.
Do you think if David knew how much damage the decision regarding Bathsheba would cause his future generations that he would have thought twice about it? Absolutely, we all would. It is the work of Satan to blind and deceive God’s people. This story is the same as Adam and Eve back in the Garden of Eden repackaged. Satan brings the temptation at an opportune time. Man is deceived, buys into the lie and boom, more suffering and death.
If we read the Bible daily, faithfully do the Word of God – we can learn how to avoid the temptations of the evil one. We can walk in victory in the power of the Holy Spirit day in and day out. God is gracious and merciful. He will forgive our sins as far as the east is from the west. We simply need to let Him know, seek Him out and turn from such actions moving forward. He will help us overcome any temptation, sin or tragedy. Jesus paid for our sins with His blood shed on the cross. I assure you, He loves you. No matter what you have done. Call on the name of Jesus today…