As I continued reading King David’s journey, I realized three things.
One is that a single act of disobedience can change the course of life. You see, God had an enormous plan for David and his lineage. He planned to make David a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth. He would give David rest from all his enemies. Moreover, He would make David a house. And his throne shall be established forever. This was four chapters before the disobedient act in chapter 11 of 2nd Samuel.
After probably the most intriguing chapter (11) in David’s life, God told him “Behold, I will raise up evil against you out of 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.” Furthermore, because ‘the deed have utterly scorned the Lord,” the child born to David was bound to die. God's punishments can be very scaryyy...
Second realization. Committing a sin invites future sins. It’s like cancer. It spreads and multiplies. I don’t mean to gossip or anything, but do you know that David slept with another man’s wife? First Sin - Adultery. And when he impregnated Bathsheba, he devised a plan for Uriah (the real husband) to sleep with her. Second Sin - Deception. But this Uriah guy didn’t do so, for he thought about the other soldiers who were still out there in some tents fighting for the country. Next thing David did was to “set Uriah in the forefront of the hardest fighting, and then draw back from him, that he may be struck down and die.” frontliners so that he would surely die.” Third Sin - Murder.
Sin is unstoppable, unless there’s a conscious decision to stop, go back to God and repent.
Third realization. God is still gracious despite our sins. For when David repented, the prophet told him “The Lord has put away your sin, you shall not die.” I believe sins being “put away” meant sins were forgiven and forgotten. No tampo whatsoever. You might ask, so should David still be punished? Of course! Since God is also just, David had to be accountable for his actions.
It’s wonderful though to see that God did not love David and his family any less after he committed those wicked sins (what’s worse than murder?!). This we see at the end of chapter 12: “…she (Bathsheba) bore a son (again), and he called his name Solomon. And the Lord loved him.” (We’ll get to Solomon’s story soon.)
Click the link (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20samuel%2011&version=NIV) and read it up. You’re very welcome to post your realizations here! :)