There are consequences for sinful choices. Even for those of us who have been forgiven of our sin – consequences still exist. As painfully demonstrated by David – our choices cause rippling effects throughout the cursed environment in which we live… wrecking havoc in various ways. In 2 Sam 11-12 we see David – beloved of God, highly favored, placed by God as King over His people, a key member of the ancestral line of the future Messiah – and yet as flawed as any human being. In this sordid account of a good man gone bad, David’s choice to sin with Bathsheba was not his first mistake. His first mistake was not being where he should have been in the first place.

In the spring, when kings go forth to battle, David sent Joab with his servants and all Israel, and they ravaged the Ammonites [country] and besieged Rabbah. But David remained in Jerusalem.2 Sam 11:1 AMP

David should have been out at war with his army (as King’s did back then) – but instead he remained in Jerusalem. With idle time on his hands, he entertained a glance – which started him on the slippery slope to outright sin.

But then, instead of repenting and making things right, David attempted to manipulate the situation to cover his sin. (I know – none of us have EVER don’t that before!). By bringing Uriah home, David was attempting to get Uriah to spend time with his wife (and in effect cover up the illegitimate pregnancy by David). When this didn’t work – David continued his downward spiral by resorting to murder.

Sad how that works. Such a short ride from being in the wrong place – to murder.

Being the King, David had the power and authority to manipulate the situation before men… but God was a whole different story! As chapter 12 opens up we see the prophet Nathan confront David with his “hidden” sin. (Nathan proved he had guts by doing this!). Once it was brought out and exposed – David was quick to repent of his sin (which is why he is referred to by the Lord as a “man after my own heart”).

A couple of things that stand out here:

      1. God doesn’t mess around with sin. He tells David (through Nathan), For you did it secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel and before the sun. – 2 Sam 12:12 AMP Most sin is conducted in secret, in the dark – but eventually it will catch up to us and be exposed in the daylight. (Luke 12:2).

      2. David’s love for the Lord comes out in his repentance. Yes – David made a bad decision which cost him dearly… but that didn’t mean his love for the Lord didn’t exist. Once his sin was exposed (and his head cleared) – David repented with all his heart toward God. (He wrote Psalm 51 at this time… read it to see the pain he went through). It wasn’t the retribution from man that David feared – but his relationship with God.

      3. Sin removes the Blessing. Through Nathan – God informs David of what will now happen due to David’s decision. (Notice David doesn’t blame God for the circumstances that follow… he knew who was the cause of this!). The result of this is that God withdrew His protection from over David’s household and the baby born out of this union died. While in obedience, David had enjoyed the fruit of the Blessing… but out on his own – the Curse invaded his peace.

      4. God was quick to forgive. “And 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.”2 Sam 12:13 AMP. Remember – this is BEFORE Jesus came… so the rules were different. But still – God was quick to forgive the repentant heart as David had. This repentance restored David back into relationship with God – but it did not halt the unfortunate consequences that followed (as we can see by the first word of the very next verse… “But” or “Howbeit” or “Nevertheless”).

      5. Sin has a far-reaching wake. The devastating effects of this decision are laid out in 2 Sam 12:10-14. As we continue reading we will see these effects come to pass in David’s life – bringing with them much heartache. David’s children will be dysfunctional – murder and bloodshed will taint his heritage – and eventually his own son will betray him and seek to take his father’s throne. A lot to pay for a momentary thrill.

David made a choice… and that choice cost him dearly. As we continue reading through his life – keep in mind this fateful day. It isn’t God who brings the next calamities upon David… it is a mixture of decision (both David’s and others) which all are conducted outside of God’s desire.

It says in Romans that these things are written for us so that we can learn from others mistakes and have hope. “For whatever was thus written in former days was written for our instruction, that by [our steadfast and patient] endurance and the encouragement [drawn] from the Scriptures we might hold fast to and cherish hope.” – Rom 15:4 AMP. May we all learn from David’s mistakes!

Be Fruitful & Multiply,