Speaker: Rev. Arthur Wong
Passage: 2 Samuel 12:1-15
Description: After David committed adultery with Bathsheba and murdered her husband Uriah in hopes to cover up his sins, Yahweh confronts David through the prophet Nathan. Using a pastoral story to appeal to David’s sense of wrong and injustice, Nathan exposes David’s sin. Rather than excusing his sins, David admits and confesses to his crimes. Despite his confession, David still has to face the consequences of his sin. His son, born out of his adulterous relationship with Bathsheba, dies.
Sin incurs the wrath of God, and however God is forgiving, gracious and compassionate through Jesus Christ, we still have to face the consequences of sin. We face the consequences of our decisions to sin. God’s grace, however, is exercised in the form of redemption. No sin (except for the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit), is beyond redemption. After the child dies, God gave David another son through Bathsheba, they named him Solomon, who is loved by the Lord – and would become one of the most famous kings the world has ever seen.