I was listening to KLove today and one of their ministries came on and told the story of David and Nathanael. In this very short excerpt the pastor said that God sent Nathanael to David and told him all the good he had done and said that if what he had given him was not enough he would have given him more. The pastor did went on to say that God didn’t judge David.
This really bothered me. I think I understood what he was trying to say. I think he was pointing out that there is nothing our Father God won’t give us. However, I felt sorry for those who may not know this entire scripture. David had sinned greatly. And because of this sin God dealt with David and David had to pay for this sin. Know the whole word not just parts of it because someone may get from that short excerpt that God won’t judge them in their sin and that they will still flow in an abundance of blessings. I am not saying you won’t be blessed I am saying that we all must pay for our sins that we commit. The scripture even reads that God struck David’s son that he had just had with Uriah and that child died. David truly paid for his sins and God let him know exactly what he had done wrong and what the consequences were going to be.
Please know the word for yourself. Even though Jesus died for our sins we are still free will beings who can choose if we will commit sins on a daily basis. We still must pay for those sins. There are consequences to our actions. Just because we have consequences doesn’t mean that God doesn’t love us but like any parent you must give consequences to your children to help them grown.
2 Samuel 12 New International Version (NIV)
Nathan Rebukes David
12 The Lord sent Nathan to David. When he came to him, he said, “There were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor. 2 The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle, 3 but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him.
4 “Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who had come to him.”
5 David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, “As surely as the Lord lives, the man who did this must die! 6 He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity.”
7 Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man! This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘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. 9 Why did you despise the word of the Lord by doing what is evil in his eyes? You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife to be your own. You killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. 10 Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house, because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.’
11 “This is what the Lord says: ‘Out of your own household I am going to bring calamity on you. Before your very eyes I will take your wives and give them to one who is close to you, and he will sleep with your wives in broad daylight. 12 You did it in secret, but I will do this thing in broad daylight before all Israel.’”
13 Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.”
Nathan replied, “The Lord has taken away your sin. You are not going to die. 14 But because by doing this you have shown utter contempt for[a] the Lord, the son born to you will die.”
15 After Nathan had gone home, the Lord struck the child that Uriah’s wife had borne to David, and he became ill. 16 David pleaded with God for the child. He fasted and spent the nights lying in sackcloth[b] on the ground. 17 The elders of his household stood beside him to get him up from the ground, but he refused, and he would not eat any food with them.
18 On the seventh day the child died. David’s attendants were afraid to tell him that the child was dead, for they thought, “While the child was still living, he wouldn’t listen to us when we spoke to him. How can we now tell him the child is dead? He may do something desperate.”
Dr Lisa Melton