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Click here for today’s reading: 2 Samuel 11, 12; Psalms 51; Matthew 23
Here is my SOAP for today, Sunday, May 6, 2018
Good morning! I am playing a little catch-up on my reading… Hope to be caught up shortly! God bless! Scott
2 Samuel 11:1 (parallel passage to 1 Chronicles 20:1) “In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king’s men and the whole Israelite army. They destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained in Jerusalem. 2 One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful, 3 and David sent someone to find out about her. The man said, “She is Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite.” 4 Then David sent messengers to get her. She came to him, and he slept with her. (Now she was purifying herself from her monthly uncleanness.) Then she went back home. 5 The woman conceived and sent word to David, saying, “I am pregnant.”
14 In the morning David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it with Uriah [Bathsheba’s husband…] 15 In it he wrote, “Put Uriah out in front where the fighting is fiercest. Then withdraw from him so he will be struck down and die.”
26 “When Uriah’s wife heard that her husband was dead, she mourned for him. 27 After the time of mourning was over, David had her brought to his house, and she became his wife and bore him a son…
“But the thing David had done displeased the Lord.”
2 Samuel 12:11 “This is what the Lord says: ‘Out of your own household I am going to bring calamity on you. Before your very eyes I will take your wives and give them to one who is close to you, and he will sleep with your wives in broad daylight. 12 You did it in secret, but I will do this thing in broad daylight before all Israel.’”
13 Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.”
“Nathan replied, “The Lord has taken away your sin… You are not going to die. 14 But… because by doing this you have shown utter contempt for the Lord, the son born to you will die.”
David already had several wives… and now he took another man’s wife for a one-night stand?
It’s hard for me to understand why the child was the one who paid the price for this sin… Even though David had taken in Jonathan’s son out of kindness, his sin with Bathsheba cost him his child, born to him and Bathsheba… Such as sad, sad situation…
SO MUCH APPLICATION in today’s reading…
Note to self: Don’t do that. This was David’s ruin… I think his fame and success and wealth has now gotten the best of him and it cost him dearly.
The bright side of David’s situation is that he owned his sin… he still had to face the consequences, but the sin aspect has now been dealt with.
David fasted and prayed for the child… until the child died… then he went on with his life. Pretty pragmatic of him… “He’s not coming back to me, but I will go to him…” (23)
Then, in a strange turn of events, after he took in Bathsheba, she bore Solomon to David… Crazy… one child dies, the other becomes King… You would think that because Michal was Saul’s daughter, that lineage would have been carried on… but because Michal despised David (remember his dancing incident?) Michal was barren… and now the widow of a man David had killed, bears the heir to the throne… the one who would build the Temple for the Lord. Wow. An amazing picture of redemption and faithfulness of God…
Lord, Your ways ARE higher than my (our) ways…