Sunday, November 15, 2015

2 Samuel 12

Today's reading in our daily plan is 2 Samuel 12. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)

  • God sends a man named Nathan to David to speak into his sinful situation. Nathan begins by telling a story about a rich man who owned many sheep. He wronged a poor man by killing the poor man's only sheep and serving it as food. 
  • David is upset at this story, but Nathan tells him that what he has done (sleeping with Bathsheba and killing her husband to prevent him from learning of David's sin) is worse than what the rich man did. 
  • Nathan explains to David that God is going to bring calamity on David's life because of David's sin. Verse 13 is the first time we see David acknowledge that he has sinned against God.
  • David's son, which was a result of him seducing Bathsheba into sleeping with him, becomes ill and dies.
  • David and Bathsheba then give birth to another son, Solomon.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • As we saw in yesterday's reading, the sooner we can get out of a sinful situation, the better. All of the pain in today's passage could have been avoided if David hadn't placed himself in a tempting situation (which started with him gazing at Bathsheba from the roof of his palace).
  • There are consequences for our sin. David acknowledges that he has sinned against God, but this does not prevent him from experiencing hardship or suffering. Breaking free from sin can be a messy and painful process, but without it we cannot properly grow closer to God.
  • God loves to redeem situations. After David and Bathsheba experience the painful loss of their first child, God gives them another one. Later in the Bible we learn that God uses this son, Solomon, to do huge things for His kingdom.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • What sin do you need to break free from? You'll likely have to deal with consequences, but God will guide you through that situation and ultimately redeem it. 
  • Today is the perfect time to take the step you need to take to overcome your sin or prevent yourself from ending up in tempting situations. Make the phone call, send the email, or schedule the meeting.