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03
February
2013

David and Absalom: from betrayal to victory by grace! - David's sin

The case Uriah

Why was all this happening to King David, a king that was put in place by God Almighty himself and whom had his full support and love? 

The cause of all this lies years before Absalom killed Amnon, with the case Uriah. David had Uriah killed in battle so he could take his wife Bathsheba whom he had got pregnant, 2 Samuel 11. God didn't agree at all with David's actions, 2 Samuel 11:7b-9 and 12:9
27 When the time of mourning was over, David had her brought to the palace; she became his wife and bore him a son. But the Lord was not pleased with what David had done. 2 Samuel 11:27 (GNT)

So, he sent the prophet Nathan to David - 2 Samuel 12 - to confront him with what he did. Ultimately David admitted he sinned against God – Psalm 51 - and god forgave him, 2 Samuel 12:13 (GNT),
13 “I have sinned against the Lord,” David said.
Nathan replied, “The Lord forgives you; you will not die.

So much is God's grace that David didn't have to die as according to the Law of Moses - Exodus 21:12-14 - should have happened as a result of the death of Uriah. And even though David himself thought that he deserved to die as he said in his reaction to Nathan's story, 2 Samuel 12:1-5 (GNT), 
4 One day a visitor arrived at the rich man's home. The rich man didn't want to kill one of his own animals to fix a meal for him; instead, he took the poor man's lamb and prepared a meal for his guest.”
5 David became very angry at the rich man and said, “I swear by the living Lord that the man who did this ought to die!

Consider this!
It wasn't the first time David became interested in a married woman that he later on would marry. This was also the case with Abigail, 2 Samuel 25. David had met her only once - 1 Samuel 25:23-35 - the day she went to speak to him in order to prevent him and his men from attacking her husband Nabal and succeeded in her attempt. But, in her case David sent his messengers to ask her to be his wife after her husband died, 1 Samuel 25:39-42 (NIV),
39 ... Then David sent word to Abigail, asking her to become his wife. 40 His servants went to Carmel and said to Abigail, “David has sent us to you to take you to become his wife.”... 42 Abigail quickly got on a donkey and, attended by her five female servants, went with David’s messengers and became his wife.
If David was patient concerning Bathsheba the same way he was with Abigail, would the same have happened this time? Possibly, for David's army, which Uriah was a member of, had many battles to fight. God whom rules supreme and has the sole power over life and death was and is able to use this by his wisdom. Suppose David would have treated Bathsheba as he did Abigail. David would have married a widow and his son with her would still be loved by God - 2 Samuel 12:24-25! - whom could still have made him king as he did for Salomon. All this could have happened, but then without all the events which were the result of David's sin, his wrong doing to Uriah. 
A similar case as that of Abigail, to a certain extent, is that of Boaz marrying the widow Ruth, in the book of Ruth. Both women were send by God to the man they later married - Ruth 2:19-23, 1 Samuel 25:19-23 - both were treated well and properly lawful by the man - being Boaz and David - that remarried them and these women were a blessing to them!

But, this time, in the case of Uriah's wife, David choose to do otherwise and in doing so followed a sinful path. His actions did have serious consequences because he had shown so much contempt for the God of Israel whom said by his prophet Nathan, 7 ... ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. 8 I gave your master’s house to you, and your master’s wives into your arms. I gave you all Israel and Judah.
And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more.
2 Samuel 12:7-8
(NIV)

God punished David by letting his and Uriah's wife Bathsheba her newborn son to die, 2 Samuel 12:14-15. This may seem harsh, but what about the way Uriah was treated by David, that ultimately led to his death? David had Uriah killed in battle so he could take his wife Bathsheba whom he had got pregnant, 2 Samuel 11. God didn't agree with David's actions, 2 Samuel 11:27. God is righteous and wise when he intervenes where man-made problems are caused. Afterwards she gets pregnant again and they have Salomon, 2 Samuel 12:24-25.

Intermezzo
In contrast to Bathsheba's newborn son, there is other story that with a different outcome because of God's choice when it came to the live of a newborn baby. One tells us of King Salomon judging a difficult case concerning a stolen newborn baby boy, 1 King 3:16-28. The real mother had so much love for her son that she was concerned with him staying alive and his well being that when confronted with the choice she was prepared to give him away. But, God who gave Salomon the wisdom to set up the trap in the first place intervened to prevent the mother from loosing her child. Another story occurred at the time of baby Moses when he and other Israeli babies were saved from being murdered, Exodus 1 and 2

Their would be more consequences of David's bad deed against Uriah, 2 Samuel 12:9-12. Sadly in this way he himself contributed to what was set to happen to him and his family in the future. Which is? In every generation some one of his descendants will die a violent death - 2 Samuel 12: 9-11b - and someone from his own family will cause trouble for him. Who?

11 I swear to you that I will cause someone from your own family to bring trouble on you. You will see it when I take your wives from you and give them to another man; and he will have intercourse with them in broad daylight. 12 You sinned in secret, but I will make this happen in broad daylight for all Israel to see.’” 2 Samuel 12:11-12 (GNT)

Whom did that passage refer to? Absalom, 2 Samuel 16:15-23 (GNT),
... 22 So they set up a tent for Absalom on the palace roof, and in the sight of everyone Absalom went in and had intercourse with his father's concubines. ...

Author: © Mrs A. vd Laan-LeitoPosted in: King David