Discover the Book Mar. 21, 2011


David's Sin, God's Grace and the Inescapable Consequences of Sin

We have entered the final lap of David’s Life: we have watched him as the shepherd boy and giant killer, then as the humble and patient warrior and King, now we join him perhaps 20 years into his career as King.

As we open to II Samuel 12, we are examining the sketch of David’s last 20 years of life.  What shapes the problems for the next two decades, than anything else humanly speaking, were the sins of David’s “mid-life crisis” and his ensuing adultery.

From God’s perspective David’s years of suffering began with his fall into sin with Bathsheba. Everything in this man of God’s life: from 2 Samuel 11 (Bathsheba) to 1 Kings 2 (David’s death) was touched, affected, and colored by that event.

Although God forgives sins and forgets iniquities, it doesn’t wipe out the consequences. As a result of David’s sin with Bathsheba, he would now reap many great pains; among them: a son’s betrayal, the verbal abuse by Shimei, and then the physical abuse and death threats of Absalom.

But the best news of all is that, by the grace of God, David faced every one of these consequences with the promises of God. His responses as we’ll see recorded in the Psalms, record some of the most hope-filled pages of Scriptures.

There are lessons to be learned from David that are very difficult but so necessary.


One thing is certain—sin always pays back both believers and unbelievers with boredom, guilt, shame, loneliness, confusion, emptiness, loss of purpose, and loss of rewards.

The negative consequence engine for the Christian should never be thought of as punishment because Jesus has already been fully punished for the believer’s sins. Neither is it to be confused with God's corrective discipline of his wayward sons and daughters (Hebrews 12:6-17).

David was forgiven: … “The Lord also has put away your sin …” (2 Samuel 12:13). But forgiveness never seems to take away the consequences of the sin.

David grieved over the awfulness of his sin: “Against You, You only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Your sight …” (Psalm 51:4).

David also had to endure the coming years of painful consequences, yet he did so with peace and settled faith in the goodness and wisdom of God.

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