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A Great King and A Great Fall: Part Six

Rev. Michael Calvert, Ph.D., November 24, 2019
Part of the Great Events in the History of Redemption series.

This coming Lord’s Day we will bring our study of the life of king David to a conclusion as we consider 2 Samuel 12:10-25.

The story of David’s sin ends with the death of his son, born to Bathsheba, and the account of David’s grieving in the aftermath of this horrific loss. In these verses we are exposed to a deeply moving scene as the king walks through that awful ‘valley of the shadow of death,’ and seeks the mercy and favor of the Lord on behalf of his desperately ill son.

He prays, he fasts, he humbles himself before the Lord, begging for the recovery of his child. And yet, the prophetic word announced by Nathan concerning the eventual death of David’s son will come true (v. 19).

What is most instructive for us is what David does next (vv. 20-24). I’ll not spoil the surprise here, but I will say that he does what we might not expect. His reaction to the Lord’s discipline is quite remarkable, and it will serve as a most worthy model for future generations of believers in Christ.

And then, as I indicated last week, the episode also concludes with a most magnificent promise, one triumphantly arising from the smoking ruins of David’s greatest failure (vv. 24-25).

The Lord provides another son; a son with two names! And with his birth will come the very embodiment of God’s unfailing promise to bring One into this world who will undo all of the damage and destruction unleashed by David’s sins, and our sins, and those of the whole world!

2 Samuel 12:10-25

10Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife. 11Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun. 12For thou didst it secretly: but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun. 13And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die. 14Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die. 15And Nathan departed unto his house. And the LORD struck the child that Uriah's wife bare unto David, and it was very sick. 16David therefore besought God for the child; and David fasted, and went in, and lay all night upon the earth. 17And the elders of his house arose, and went to him, to raise him up from the earth: but he would not, neither did he eat bread with them. 18And it came to pass on the seventh day, that the child died. And the servants of David feared to tell him that the child was dead: for they said, Behold, while the child was yet alive, we spake unto him, and he would not hearken unto our voice: how will he then vex himself, if we tell him that the child is dead? 19But when David saw that his servants whispered, David perceived that the child was dead: therefore David said unto his servants, Is the child dead? And they said, He is dead. 20Then David arose from the earth, and washed, and anointed himself, and changed his apparel, and came into the house of the LORD, and worshipped: then he came to his own house; and when he required, they set bread before him, and he did eat. 21Then said his servants unto him, What thing is this that thou hast done? thou didst fast and weep for the child, while it was alive; but when the child was dead, thou didst rise and eat bread. 22And he said, While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept: for I said, Who can tell whether GOD will be gracious to me, that the child may live? 23But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me. 24And David comforted Bath-sheba his wife, and went in unto her, and lay with her: and she bare a son, and he called his name Solomon: and the LORD loved him. 25And he sent by the hand of Nathan the prophet; and he called his name Jedidiah, because of the LORD. (KJV)