Summary: This sermon deals with the consequences of sin.
Sin Always Has Consequences
1 Then the LORD sent Nathan to David. And he came to him, and said to him: "There were two men in one city, one rich and the other poor.
2The rich man had exceedingly many flocks and herds.
3But the poor man had nothing, except one little ewe lamb which he had bought and nourished; and it grew up together with him and with his children. It ate of his own food and drank from his own cup and lay in his bosom; and it was like a daughter to him.
4And a traveler came to the rich man, who refused to take from his own flock and from his own herd to prepare one for the wayfaring man who had come to him; but he took the poor man's lamb and prepared it for the man who had come to him."
5So David's anger was greatly aroused against the man, and he said to Nathan, "As the LORD lives, the man who has done this shall surely die! 6And he shall restore fourfold for the lamb, because he did this thing and because he had no pity."
7Then Nathan said to David, "You are the man! Thus says the LORD God of Israel: 'I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul.
8I gave you your master's house and your master's wives into your keeping, and gave you the house of Israel and Judah. And if that had been too little, I also would have given you much more!
9Why 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.
10Now 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.'
11Thus 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. 12For you did it secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel, before the sun.' "
13So 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.
Allow me to begin today's sermon with a little story.
Back in the early 1950s, a boy named Teddy lived in the country. His family had no bathroom so they had an outhouse. Teddy hated to use it because it was hot in the summer, cold in the winter, and always very smelly. Teddy and his mother had pleaded with the father to have a bathroom put in the house, but he refused to spend the money to have it done. The outhouse was located close to a creek. Teddy decided that he would do something that would force his father to put in a bathroom. After a heavy spring rain, the creek flooded and Teddy took advantage of the situation by pushing the outhouse into the creek.
Later that night, Teddy's father told him that he was grounded for two weeks. He asked his father why he was being punished. The father replied, "Because someone pushed the outhouse into the creek and I think that someone was you. Was it?" Teddy admitted that it was. Then he added, "Remember when George Washington's father asked him if he had chopped down the cherry tree? He didn't get into trouble because he told the truth."
"That's right," the father said, "but his father was not in the cherry tree when he cut it down."
There's an old saying, "Honest confession is good for the soul"
We resume our examination of the life of David, king of Israel.
If you've wondered why we are spending so much time on him,
allow me to share a couple of facts with you.
There are 62 chapters of the Old Testament
devoted to his life story.
There are more than 50 references to him in the New Testament,
far more than any other biblical character,
except of course, Jesus.
Nevertheless, this man after God's own heart
committed a series of terrible sins
that led to terrible consequences.
David was approximately 50 years old
when he committed adultery with Bathsheba.
Rather than immediately admit it,
he covered it up with premeditated murder.
For close to a year,
he lived a life of hypocrisy and deception.
Then one day God brought to David
a man who forced him to face his sin and confess it.