II Samuel 12:9-15 Why have you despised the commandment of the Lord, to do evil in His sight? You have killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword; you have taken his wife to be your wife, and have killed him with the sword of the people of Ammon. 10 Now therefore, the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised Me, and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.’ 11 Thus says the Lord: ‘Behold, I will raise up adversity against you from your own house; and I will take your wives before your eyes and give them to your neighbor, and he shall lie with your wives in the sight of this sun. 12 For you did it secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel, before the sun.’”
13 So David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.”
And Nathan said to David, “The Lord also has put away your sin; you shall not die. 14 However, because by this deed you have given great occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme, the child also who is born to you shall surely die.” 15 Then Nathan departed to his house
The Consequences of David’s Sin
Uriah and other soldiers died
Bathsheba’s child died
There was continual strife in David’s family
David’s Failures as a Father
David was an absent father
II Samuel 13:26-27 Then Absalom said, “If not, please let my brother Amnon go with us.”
And the king said to him, “Why should he go with you?” 27 But Absalom urged him; so he let Amnon and all the king’s sons go with him.
David distanced himself from difficult issues
II Samuel 13:21 But when King David heard of all these things, he was very angry.
II Samuel 14:28 And Absalom dwelt two full years in Jerusalem, but did not see the king’s face.
Grace and Consequences
Galatians 6:7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.
Romans 6:1-2a What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 Certainly not!
David’s Response to a Lost Child
He pleaded for God’s mercy
II Samuel 12:16 David therefore pleaded with God for the child, and David fasted and went in and lay all night on the ground.
He worshiped God, even in the dark times
II Samuel 12:20 So David arose from the ground, washed and anointed himself, and changed his clothes; and he went into the house of the Lord and worshiped.
Job 1:20-22 Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the ground and worshiped. 21 And he said:
“Naked I came from my mother’s womb, And naked shall I return there. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord.”
22 In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong. He trusted in the hope of God
II Samuel 12:23 But now he is dead; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.”
He reached out to others who were hurting
II Samuel 12:24a Then David comforted Bathsheba his wife