Learn to Live in Forgiveness

2 Samuel 11:26-27         
26 When Uriah’s wife heard that her husband Uriah was dead, she mourned for her husband. 27 After the time of mourning was over, David sent for her and brought her back to his house. She became his wife and bore him a son. But what David had done was evil in the Lord’s eyes. 
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Bathsheba was in mourning for her husband, Uriah Little did she know that his was caused by David. David, wanting to show how decent he was, waited the prescribed amount of time for a period of mourning to pass before summoning Bathsheba to his house. He married her and she bore a son. While David was attempting to make a show of decorum and propriety, he’s actions were a sham. The prophet Nathan came to confront David. He did so by telling a story: “Two men — one rich, the other poor — live in the same city. While the rich man had huge flocks of sheep, the poor man had only one lamb. He treated that lamb as if it were his child. When the rich man, hosting a  distinguished traveler, needed a lamb for a feast he took the poor man’s lamb and had it slaughtered for the feast.” Upon hearing the story David was livid. “That man deserves a punishment worse than death. Let me know who he is and I will make him pay the poor man at least four times what he took from him. Shameless!” Nathan said simply, but directly, “You are the one! You have been given everything — king over Israel, a palatial home, many wives, and if you need more you would have gotten it. But what have you done with your privilege? You have abused it! You schemed to have Uriah killed so you could take his wife. You will reap what you have sown. Your own household will be your undoing. What you have done in secret will be returned to you publicly. David was shaken, “I have sinned; broken trust with God.” Nathan responded, “Forgiveness in the name of God is yours. You must learn to live in that forgiveness.”

 

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