Thursday, December 30, 1999
2 Samuel 11:1-12 ; 25;
In this episode with Bethesda , David allow himself to fail in deeper and deeper in sin .
David could have chosen to stop and turn from evil at any stage along the way . but once sin gets started ,it is difficult to stop ( James 1:14,15).
Application to us :The deeper the mess , the less we want to admit having caused it . It is much easier to stop sliding down a hill when you are near the top than when you are halfway down . The best solution is stop sin before it start .
11:25 we seen clearly that when David kill Uraih ,his response was a flippant and insensitive heart . He show no grief . Y ? David had become callous to his own sins . The only way he would cover up for his first sin ( adultery ) was to sin again and soon he no longer feel guilty for what he had done .Deliberate , repeated sinning had dulled David sensitivity to God's Law and other's right .
Applications to us :Feelings are not reliable guides for determine right and wrong . The more you try to cover up a sin , the more insensitive u become towards it . Dun be harden to sin as David did .Confess your wrong doing to God before you forget they are sins .
What was the consequences of David sins ?
Because David murder Ukiah and stole his wife .
If he had know all these . he might not pursues the pleasures of the moment
David confessed and repented of his sin (12:13) ,But God judgment was that his child would die . The consequences of David sin were irreversible.
Application to us : Sometimes an apology isn't enough . When God forgives us and restore our relationship with him , he doesn't eliminate all the consequences of our wrong doing . We may be tempted to say ," if this is wrong , I can always apologies to Gad ," but we must remember that we set motion events with irreversible consequences.
12:14Y did This child had to die ?
This was not a judgment on the child for being conceived out of wedlock , but judgment on David for his sin . David and Bathsheda deserved to die , but God spared their lives and took the child instead . God still work for David in building the kingdom
If the child would have lived God 's name would have been dishonored among Israel's pagan neighbors What would you think of a God who rewards murder and adultery by giving a king a new heir ? A baby's death is tragic , but despising God bring death to entire nation . While God is readily forgave David sins, he did not negate the consequences .
12:20-24 Show of Repentance
David did not continue to dwell in his sin . He returned to God , and God forgave him ,opening the way to begin life anew . Even the name God gave Solomon ( Jeddiah ," loved by Lord "12:25) was a reminder of God's grace .
Application to us :
When we return to God , accept his forgiveness and change our ways ;he gives us a fresh new start . To feel forgiven as David did , admit your sins to God and turn to him . Then move ahead with a new and fresh approach to life .