Summary: We live with the knowledge that we sin; we often assume we're getting away with it. In reality, we've just never been caught - or have we?
“Treasuring God’s Grace”
2 Sam. 11:26-12:14
The question on the job application read, “Have you ever been arrested?” The applicant printed the word “No” in the space. The next question was a follow-up to the first; it asked, “Why?” So this honest applicant wrote, “I guess it’s because I never got caught.” Probably an accurate diagnosis for many of us! We live with the knowledge that we sin; and we often assume we’re getting away with it. In reality, we’ve just never been caught - or have we?
Dick Van Dyke starred in a TV series entitled “Diagnosis Murder.” He played a doctor who always wound up in the middle of some scheme where someone believed they’d gotten away with murder. But, of course, Dick’s character always solved the crime and delivered the guilty party for arrest and trial. They thought they had gotten away with it - but they had not.
King David committed adultery and murder; he thought he had gotten away with it – he believed he had not been caught. And then came Nathan with God’s diagnosis - and David’s world changed forever. David repented and life was forever changed. God, you see, has some pretty strong reactions to sin. And that’s the message to us today: WE NEED TO REPENT BECAUSE OF GOD’S REACTIONS TO SIN. Let’s follow the experience of David as it’s recorded in II Samuel by looking at God’s various reactions to sin.
God’s first reaction is HEAVY ANGUISH of heart. The key to understanding this passage comes in 11:26-27: “When Uriah’s wife heard that her husband was dead, she mourned for him. After the time of mourning was over, David had brought her to his house, and she became his wife and bore him a son. But the thing David had done displeased the Lord.” Imagine parents who have invested years of love, money, support, and time on their child. They’ve done a wonderful job. But the day comes when the child rebels and becomes wayward - all but disowns his parents. For the parents, it’s a rough time; their hearts are heavy with anguish. They love their son but hate what he’s doing. All they can think and ask is, “Why, after all we’ve done for him, did he do this?”
Sounds like God, doesn’t it? Look at the second part of verse 7: “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and delivered you from the hand of Saul. I gave your master’s house to you, and your master’s wives into your arms. I gave you the house of Israel and Judah. And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more. Why did you despise the word of the Lord by doing what is evil in his eyes?’” God loved David - but hated David’s sin. God was committed to keep on loving David, but He had to do something about David’s grave sin. God had given so much to and done so much for David - but David had rejected and despised it. God’s heart was heavy with anguish.