2 Samuel 12

David admits his sin to Nathan to prophet. Despite six days of faithful fasting and prayer, David’s son born to Bethsheba died on the seventh day.

Vs. 20- Then David got up from the ground. After he had washed, put on lotions and changed his clothes, he went into the house of the Lord and worshiped. Then he went to his own house, and at his request they served him food, and he ate.

David responded to the consequences of his sin with:

  1. Repentance: Read Psalm 51. Many scholars believe David wrote this Psalm following his rebuke from Nathan.
  2. Prayer and Fasting: Despite Nathan’s words regarding the coming child, David pleaded with the Lord to save.
  3. Worship: David recognized that despite the fact his child had died, he could not bring him back. (vs. 23). He also knew that one day, he would see him again in eternity.

David’s unnamed son was spared the struggles and sins of this world. Through the Lord’s grace and mercy, Bathsheba was comforted through the birth of their next son, Solomon.

How would you respond if you are confronted with your own sin? How have you responded in the past? Does your response to sin look like David’s? David responded to his sin with faith in the hope of God’s redemption.


Jason Marshall

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