“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.” 2 Samuel 12:7-12 (KJV)
David was a shepherd boy when God revealed to him that He had chosen him to be the next king of Israel. Anointed by the prophet Samuel and by God he had a heart for God, and he loved the word of God and His way.
David was a man, however, with many of the temptations that plague the rest of us. He was now the king, was still at home when he probably should have been with his men on the battlefield, and he had an unguarded moment. “Unguarded” in his mind. Distracted by his authority, his power, his kingdom. It happens even to the best of men when they drop their guard.
Nathan the prophet confronted David with a sheep story (2 Samuel 12:1-6), and David was furious about a man stealing a poor man’s sheep. Nathan being God’s messenger says, “You are the man.” He had taken another man’s wife; killed the man, and now David the king was going to pay a price.
Here is food for thought for the rest of us: There will be a payday someday, for all the sins we have done.
There is forgiveness for our sin through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ the Son of God, God the Son; but more times than not there are still consequences that come from that sin. David’s children went bad. A sword of death came against David’s family. There was grave and grievous bitterness, anger in the family.
No one of us is without consequences for our sin. Our call in those consequences, suffering in them, is to grow in the LORD and be faithful every day after, and through them all.