Summary: Nathan confronts David about his sins. (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request - email:

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Reading: 2 Samuel chapter 12 verses 1-14:


• A young lady was sunbathing on the beach;

• When a little boy in his swimming trunks, carrying a towel,

• Came up to her and asked her, "Do you believe in God?"

• She was surprised by the question but she replied, "Why, yes, I do."

• Then he asked her: "Do you go to church every Sunday?"

• Again, her answer was "Yes!"

• He then asked: "Do you read your Bible and pray everyday?"

• Again she said, "Yes!"

• By now her curiosity was very much aroused.

• The little lad sighed with relief and said,

• "Will you hold my money while I go in for a swimming?"

Honesty is a great characteristic to have:

• King David used to be a man of integrity but at this stage in his life;

• All that has evaporated way!

• The last verse of last weeks study is very telling;

• And it is also a link to this chapter.

• Chapter 11 verse 27:

• “But the thing David had done displeased the LORD”.

Question: What had David done?


• David had committed adultery with a lady named Bathsheba;

• It then got worse because she became pregnant with his child;

• And to cover up this messy situation;

• David then arranged for Uriah her husband to be placed in the front line of the battle;

• Knowing that he would then be killed.

• This selfish & evil plan worked perfectly;

• Uriah the husband was killed in battle;

• And after a time of mourning David then took his widow (Bathsheba) as his wife.

• Sp for David and Bathsheba the plan had worked out well,…or so they thought;

• Quote: Numbers chapter 32 verse 33: “Be sure your sins will find you out”


The drunk husband snuck up the stairs quietly.

• He had been in a fight earlier that night.

• And as he looked in the bathroom mirror;

• He could see the cuts and bruises of his foolish actions;

• He cleaned them u p as best he could and then he proceeded to climb into bed,

• Thinking that his wife would never know;

• He had managed to put one over on his wife.

• When morning came, he opened his eyes and there stood an angry looking wife.

• She said to him “You were drunk last night weren’t you!”

• He replied: “No, honey.”

• She responded:

• “Well, if you weren’t drunk, who put all the band-aid plasters on the bathroom mirror?”

• Quote: Numbers chapter 32 verse 33: “Be sure your sins will find you out”

• David is about to discover the truth of that verse;

• Because in this passage ‘his sins’ are about to ‘find him out’.

Notice the little word ‘sent’ in verse 1:

• Twelve times in the last chapter (11) the word “sent” is used by the author.

• A number of these instances refer to David “sending” someone;

• Or “sending” for someone.

• I think it emphasises the fact that David is a man of power and authority,

• He can “send out” for whatever he wants and he gets it!

• Including the death of Uriah.

• I wonder if David assumed he was so powerful that he was now ‘outside the Law’;

• Rules, commandments applied to others but not him;

• After all he was the great King David!

But now in this chapter, notice it is God who does the “sending.”

• “The LORD sent Nathan to David.”

• David needs a reminder;

• That you cannot just do what you want and expect to get away with it!

• David need to relearn that he might be a powerful, awesome king on earth;

• But he is just another sinner as far as heaven is concerned!

• Maybe that’s why in verse 7b&8 the Lord uses the word ‘I’ again and again;

• David you were a ‘nobody’ that ‘I’ (the Lord) made a ‘somebody’.

• But David seems to have forgotten that.

• Maybe that’s why in verse 7b&8 the Lord uses the word ‘I’ again and again;

• In fact the word ‘I’ is used 5 times in these two verses.

7 This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. 8 I gave your master’s house to you, and your master’s wives into your arms. I gave you all Israel and Judah. And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more

• These verses are reminding us;

• That God is not just generous and good towards us;

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