by K Neill Foster
for July 18, 2019
|Sentenced to the Sword|
Text: "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." 2 Samuel 12:10
David the King was on leave from the battle. He was taking a little R'n'R. One day, perhaps while David was looking over the rooftops, he saw the beautiful wife of Uriah the Hittite, Bathsheba, bathing. One thing led to another and adultery was committed. To cover up his sin, David deceitfully had Uriah killed.
He might have gotten away with it-- adultery and murder-- if Nathan, the preacher, hadn't come calling. Nathan told David a touching parable about a rich man who had taken a poor man's only lamb. He closed with the pronouncement, "Thou art the man." Then he delivered a draconian sentence to David, the King:
"Out of your own household I am going to bring calamity upon you. Before your very eyes I will take your wives and give them to one who is close to you, and he will lie with your wives in broad daylight. You did it in secret, but I will do this thing in broad daylight before all Israel."
War and treason followed David from that day to the end of his reign. Absalom, his rebellious son, took his father's wives as the prophet had predicted. Though David repented mightily and certainly was forgiven (Psalm 51), the fruit of his sin was always before him. What he sowed in secret, he reaped in public.
That is the way it is with sin. "The way of the transgressor is hard."