During a time when kings go out to battle with their men, David, now comfortable in his mighty position as king, stays back chillin on his rooftop while Joab leads the men in battle. David’s eye catches the sight of beautiful bathing Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and wife of Uriah, 2 of David’s mighty men. He has her brought to him, sleeps with her, and she becomes pregnant. Now David is making plans to cover up his adultery which ultimately ends in David having Uriah killed in battle. Then David tells Joab not to be sad bc you know…these things happen. 😠
Well the Lord isn’t going to let King David get away with this. He sends Nathan to David with a story about a rich man taking a poor man’s only lamb. Since David doesn’t think this story is about him, David gets mad, says kill the rich man, and now is interested in following the book of the law by saying the lamb should be restored fourfold (Exodus 22:1). Nathan points out that the rich man is David and says as a punishment there will never be peace in David’s household which we will see.
Nathan also says the Lord will “…raise up adversity against you from your own house, and I will take your wives before your eyes and give them to your neighbor, and he shall lie with your wives in the sight of this sun. For you did it secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel, before the sun”. This is exactly what will happen and that neighbor will be David’s own son, Absalom. 😳
A third punishment is that David’s and Bathsheba’s child dies. Out of love for the Lord, David repents and says “Against You, You only, have I sinned…Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow…create in me a new heart…You do not delight in burnt offering…The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart – These, O God, You will not despise”. This is what makes David a man after the Lord’s heart. His repentance is out of true love of God and desire to be in right relationship with Him.
The Lord hears David’s repentant heart and He restores him. David and Bathsheba give birth to another son, Solomon, who will grow up and become the wisest man to ever live. Keep reading to see how beautiful women can be a stumbling block for even Solomon, the wisest man. 😬
(1 Chronicles 20:1, 2 Samuel 11:1-12:14, Psalm 51, 2 Samuel 12:15-25, 2 Samuel 5:14-16, 1 Chronicles 14:3-7, 1 Chronicles 3:5-9)