Old Testament: 2 Samuel 12: 1-31
2 Samuel 12: 1 -15a A Famous Nathan Hot Dog (if you’re not from the northeast check it out: http://www.nathansfamous.com)
Yahweh sent the prophet David with a message. Notice the wisdom on Nathan’s part. He doesn’t just confront David frontally, he goes through the back door with a parable. He tells David of a rich man who has many sheep and a poor man who only has one. The rich man has a visitor and instead of cooking up one of his many lambs for him, he takes the poor man’s one little lamb. David was incensed. He wanted the rich man brought to him to be executed.
Nathan replied to David, “You are the man!” (v. 7). Nathan then pointed out to David his sin. He had had so much from the Lord, a great house, wives, riches, power and more if he had asked. But then he took Uriah’s only wife and killed him!
Nathan told David the punishment would be evil and death entering into his family line. He predicted that someone close to him would sleep with his wives so that everyone would know about it. He said that what David had done in private, Yahweh would do public. An example of this would be that Bathsheba’s baby only lived about seven days before dying. David had given an opportunity to all of Yahweh’s enemies to mock Him.
2 Samuel 12: 15b- 25 Yahweh Chastens David
The Scripture will not dignify the situation at all. “Then the Lord struck the child that Uriah’s widow bore to David . . . ” The focus in v. 15b is on the sin committed against Uriah by David. It wasn’t David’s son who died, it was the child born to “Uriah’s widow.” It was the lady without a husband who bore the son. She had belonged to Uriah. So much in so few words. However, David and Bathsheba have gone down in history as famous lovers with a famous son, Solomon. Perhaps we should refer to David as Bathsheba’s second husband. The son was illegitimate. Uriah was a wonderful hero with impeccable integrity done in by a man of power. David was a rat.
On the other hand . . . how many rats has God used to do His work. Someone early in my Christian life one time made the statement, “My God is too big to use sin.” In fact, God is so big that He often uses sin. Name any big hero in the Bible. Abraham? Lied to save his skin and turned his wife over to another man. Twice. Moses? Murderer. Samson? Womanizer, killer. Gideon? Barak? Cowardly. The Apostle Paul? Murderer, anti-Christ (before he was saved). Peter? Cowardly. What a motley crew! All were nothing before and without faith.
However, David was a “man after God’s own heart” (1Sam. 13: 14; Acts 13: 22). He didn’t eat for seven days after hearing the baby was sick. David’s servants were afraid to tell David that the baby had died for fear he would harm himself. But David heard the servants whispering and knew what had happened. Then David washed up and went into the Tent to worship. And then he ate.
All this confused the servants and they asked David why he now ate after the child had died. David replied, “While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept; for I said, ‘Who knows, the Lord may be gracious to me, that the child may live.’ 23 But now he has died; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him, but he will not return to me” (v. 22, 23). When there was nothing else David could do to persuade Yahweh to let his child live, He went back to his normal routine.
Verse 23 is often used to comfort those who have lost a young child. David said, “I will go to him, but he will not return to me.” It seems to indicate that children who are not capable to choose Christ and die prematurely will land in Heaven. The key is that they do not reject Christ. Those who live to the “age of reason” are capable of rejecting Christ and so are responsible (cf. John 12:48 “He who rejects Me and does not receive My sayings, has one who judges him; the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day”). All capable of trusting Christ are responsible to believe in Him (John 3: 16, 18).
2 Samuel 12: 24- 31 Yahweh Show Grace To David
Yahweh showed David grace by giving him a son through Bathsheba and the Lord’s name for him was “Jedidiah.” Jedidiah means “Loved of the Lord.” We know him as “Solomon” (v. 24).
Joab was able to cause the Ammonite city of Rabbah to cave in. He called for David to send troops to finish it off. David came in time to collect the king’s crown and take the people as slaves.
New Testament: John 16:1-33
John 16: 1-15 The New Deal
Jesus warns His disciples that men who think they are doing the right thing will try to off them for Yahweh’s sake. They don’t have a relationship with the Father or Jesus though. The Apostle Paul comes to mind? Jesus didn’t want them to be surprised when people trying to take their heads (cf. 1Pet. 4: 12). Jesus was with them so He could protect them at first but now He had to give them new instructions (v. 4).
Jesus knew that the disciples were sad at His leaving but He tells them He has to leave so they can have the Holy Spirit. This is a whole new deal that the world has never seen before. The Holy Spirit will be with them and in them (Jn. 14: 17; Rom. 8: 9).
One of the main jobs of the Holy Spirit is to convict non-believers of sin and that the most important thing in life is to believe in Jesus (v. 8-9). Jesus never did anything on his own initiative (Jn. 8: 28, 42).and neither does the Holy Spirit (v. 14).
John 16: 16-22 Good Grief
Jesus told the disciples everything that was going to happen but some of it didn’t register till later. He told them straight out that in a bit they wouldn’t see Him but then they’d see Him again. He could see that they were trying to figure it all out so He gave them another analogy. It told them that His going away would be like a woman going into labor. There is a lot of pain at first but then when the baby is born there is a lot of joy. So, He said, there would soon be grief but not much later rejoicing that will last forever.
John 16: 23-33 Storm Warning
Jesus told the disciples about another part of the new deal. He told them they hadn’t asked for anything before on His behalf but He told them they could now and it’d make them really happy. Jesus said that they’d leave and be “scattered” (v. 32) but the Father would never leave Him. He told them a storm was brewing but they could have peace realizing that Jesus had “overcome the world” (v. 33).