DID YOU KNOW that, no matter how much we may repent later, we will pay a heavy price for the sins we commit?
Why? Breaking the commandments of YHVH is equated with despising His Word. Isn’t that what YHVH said to King David? “Why have you despised the Word of YHVH, to do the evil in His eyes? You have stricken Uriah the Hittite by the sword, and you have taken his wife to yourself for a wife. And you have killed him by the sword of the sons of Ammon.” 2 Samuel 12:9
Sin brings curses! You cannot sin without reaping the consequences of your actions.
Though King David was deeply repentant for his sin with Bathsheba, and YHVH forgave him, he had to live with the curse he had brought upon his family by his actions. We do not live in a vacuum – our sins always have an impact on the lives of others.
So, what did this sin cost King David? “And now the sword shall not turn aside from your house continually, because you have despised Me, and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be a wife to you. So says YHVH, ‘Behold, I shall raise up evil against you out of your house, and shall take your wives before your eyes and give to your neighbor. And he shall lie with your wives in the sight of the sun. For you acted in secret, but I will do this thing before all Israel and before the sun.” 2 Samuel 12:10-12
Note: YHVH equates despising His Word with despising Him.
And how was the curse manifested within King David’s household?
“And David said to Nathan, ‘I have sinned against YHVH.’ And Nathan said to David, ‘YHVH also has put away your sin; you shall not die. Only, because you have made the enemies of YHVH to scorn derisively by this thing, also the son who shall be born to you dying shall die.’ And Nathan went to his house, and YHVH struck the boy whom the (former) wife of Uriah had borne to David. And it became sick . . . and it happened on the seventh day, the boy died.” 2 Samuel 12: 13-15, 18
Was everything terrible for King David after that? No, not at all. After the death of his son, “ . . . David comforted his wife Bathsheba. And he went in to her, and lay with her. And she bore a son, and he called his name Solomon. And YHVH loved him . . . “
2 Samuel 12:24
But the good that YHVH did for David did not eradicate the curse, for Amnon, the first-born son of David, raped his half-sister Tamar, the sister of Absalom, the third son of David. Two years later, Absalom avenged the evil against his sister by having Amnon murdered. And “ . . . the kings sons came. And they lifted up their voice and wept. And also the king and all his servants wept with a very great weeping.”
2 Samuel 13:36
Great was the grief of King David, but it was far from over.
His son Absalom was a very handsome man, more so than any other man in Israel, and he “ . . . prepared a chariot for himself, and horses, and fifty men running before him. And Absalom rose up and stood by the side of the way of the gate. And it happened that every man who had a cause to come to the king for judgment, Absalom called to him and said, ‘Of what city (are) you?’ And he said, ‘Your servant is from one of the tribes of Israel.’ And Absalom said to him, ‘Behold, your matters are good and right. And there is no listener to you from the king.’ And Absalom said, ‘Who shall make me a judge in the land, that every man who has a dispute, I will then declare him right, even with justice?’ And it happened, when a man drew near to bow himself to him, he put out his hand and laid hold on him, and gave him a kiss. And Absalom acted this way to all Israel who came in to the king for judgment. And Absalom stole the heart of the men of Israel.” 2 Samuel 15:1-6
He wanted to be king! “And Absalom sent spies among all the tribes of Israel, saying, when you hear the sound of the ram’s horn, then you shall say, ‘Absalom is king in Hebron.’ ” 2 Samuel 15:10
“And a messenger came to David, saying, ‘The hearts of the men of Israel have gone after Absalom.’ ” 2 Samuel 15:13 And King David fled before Absalom, “ . . . going up in the Ascent of the Olives, going up and weeping. And his head was covered, and he was going barefooted. And all the people who were with him each had covered his head, and had gone up, going up and weeping.” 2 Samuel 15:30
“A Psalm of David, when he fled from his son Absalom. ‘ YHVH, how my adversaries have multiplied! Many are the ones who rise against me. Many are saying of my soul, (there is) no salvation for him in Elohim. Selah. But You, YHVH, are a shield around me; my glory, and He who lifts up my head. I cried to YHVH with my voice, and He heard me out of His holy mountain. Selah. I laid down, and slept. I awoke, for YHVH kept me. I am not afraid of myriads of people who have been set against me all around. Arise, YHVH! Save me, Elohay (my El). For you have struck all my enemies on the cheekbone. You have broken the teeth of the wicked. Salvation (belongs) to YHVH. Your blessing is on Your people. Selah.’ ”
To further his pursuit of his father’s kingship for himself, “ . . . they spread out a tent for Absalom on the roof. And Absalom went in to his father’s concubines before the eyes of all Israel.” 2 Samuel 16:22
Even after all this, King David still loved Absalom and tried to protect him, saying, “. . . For my sake deal gently with the young man, with Absalom. And all the people heard as the king commanded the commanders concerning Absalom.” 2 Samuel 18:5
But one disobeyed and paid no heed to King David’s request. “And Joab said, ‘I will not wait before you. And he took three darts in his hand and struck them into Absalom’s heart while he was alive, in the midst of the oak. And they went around, ten young men bearing Joab’s weapons, and struck Absalom, and killed him. And Joab blew the ram’s horn, and the people returned from pursuing Israel, for Joab had held the people back. And they took Absalom and threw him into a great pit in the forest, and set up a very great heap of stones over him. And all Israel fled each one to his tent.” 2 Samuel 18:14-17
And when he was told that Absalom was dead, “ . . . the king trembled. And he went up to the upper room of the gate and wept. And he said this as he went, ‘My son! My son Absalom! My son Absalom! Oh that I had died instead of you, my son Absalom, my son!’ ” 2 Samuel 18:33
Grief was to follow King David all the days of his life, for when he was old, going into days, his fourth son, Adonijah, exalted himself, saying, “I will reign. And he prepared a chariot for himself, and horsemen, and fifty men running before his face.” 1 Kings 1:5
What was the root problem of Adonijah’s rebellion? “And his father had not troubled him (all) his days, saying, ‘Why have you done so?’ “ 1 Kings 1:6
King David had never corrected Adonijah, or questioned his actions.
However, Adonijah’s plot did not work, and Solomon was crowned king over Israel and over Judah, as King David swore and said, ‘As YHVH lives, who has redeemed my soul out of all distress, surely as I swore to you by YHVH the El of Israel, saying ‘Surely your son Solomon shall reign after me, and he shall sit on my throne in my place; surely so I will do this day.’ And Bathsheba bowed her face to the earth . . .” 1 Kings 1:30-31a
“And they anointed him, Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet, as king in Gihon. And they have come up from there rejoicing. And the city was roaring. It is the noise that you heard. And also Solomon has sat on the throne of the kingdom.” 1 Kings 1:45-46
“And the days of David drew near (for him) to die. And he commanded his son Solomon, saying, ‘I am going in the way of all the earth. And you be strong, and be a man, and keep the charge of YHVH Elohekka, to walk in His ways, to keep His statutes, His commands, and His judgments, and His testimonies, as it is written in the Torah of Moses, so that you may do wisely all that you do, and there wherever you may turn, so that YHVH may establish His Word which He spoke to me, saying, “if your sons take heed to their way, to walk before me in truth, with all their heart, and with all their soul, saying, ‘There shall not be a man to you cut off from the throne of Israel.’” Kings 2:1-4
“And Solomon sat on the throne of his father David, and his kingdom was firmly established.” 1 Kings 2:12
Though David paid dearly for his sin, what are some of the words that were said about him?
“David did that which is right in the eyes of YHVH, and did not turn aside from all that He commanded him all the days of his life, except in the matter of Uriah the Hittite.”
1 Kings 15:5
YHVH to Jeroboam: “, . . . you have not been as My servant David who kept My commandments, and who walked after Me with all his heart, to do only that (which is) right in My eyes . . .” 1 Kings 14:8b
Paul, speaking in the synagogue at Antioch: “And removing him (Saul), He raised up to them David for a king, to whom He also said, witnessing, ‘I found David the (son) of Jesse to be a man according to My own heart, who will do all My will.’ ” Acts 13:22
From King David himself: “To the chief musician, A Psalm of David when Nathan the prophet came to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. ‘Be gracious to me, Elohim, according to Your loving-kindness, according to the multitude of Your tender mercies; blot out my transgressions.
‘Wash me completely from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
‘For I know my transgressions; and my sin is ever before me.
‘Against You, You only, I have sinned, and done evil in Your eyes’ that You might be justified in Your speaking and be clear when You judge.
‘Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.
‘Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts; and in the hidden parts You teach me wisdom.
‘Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
‘Cause me to hear joy and gladness; the bones You have crushed will rejoice.
‘Hide Your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.
‘Create in me a clean heart, Elohim; and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
‘Do not cast me out from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.
‘Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.
‘I will teach transgressors Your ways; and sinners will turn back to You.
‘Deliver me from the guilt of shedding blood, Elohim, Elohay of my salvation; my tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness.
‘Adonai, open my lips and my mouth shall declare Your praise.
‘For you do not desire sacrifice, or I would give it; You do not delight in burnt offering.
‘The sacrifices of Elohim are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, Elohim, You will not despise.
Do good in Your good pleasure to Zion; build the walls of Jerusalem.
‘Then You shall be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole offering; then they shall offer bulls on Your altar.’ ” Psalm 51:1-19
Yes, King David endured with understanding the chastisement he received for the sins he committed with Bathsheba and against her husband Uriah the Hittite; and he repented and turned back to YHVH with his whole heart. However, three of his sons continued transgressing the Word of YHVH, which cost them their lives.
Proverbs 3:11- 12 teaches us: “My son, do not reject the chastening of YHVH, and do not loathe His correction; for whom YHVH loves He corrects, even as a father the son (with whom) he is pleased.”
Also, in Hebrews 12:5-8, “And you have forgotten the exhortation which (He) speaks with you, as with sons, ‘My sons, do not despise the chastening of YHVH, nor faint (while) being corrected by Him. For whom YHVH loves, He disciplines, and whips every son whom He receives. If you endure discipline, Elohim is dealing with you as with sons; for who is (the) son whom a father does not discipline? But if you are without discipline, of which all have become sharers, then you are bastards, and not sons.’ ”
We are not chastened because He does not love us, but we are chastened because He does love us! He wants us to choose the best: “ . . . ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; and you shall find rest for your souls . . .” Jeremiah 6:16
Will you heed these words from King David?
The Torah of YHVH is perfect, restoring the soul.
The Testimony of YHVH is sure, making the simple wise.
The precepts of YHVH are right, rejoicing the heart.
The commands of YHVH are pure, giving light to the eyes.
The fear of YHVH is clean, enduring forever.
The judgments of YHVH are true; they are righteous altogether.
(They are) more precious than gold, even much fine gold, and sweeter than honey and drops from the honeycomb.
Also Your servant is warned by them; in keeping of them is great reward.
Who can discern errors? Acquit me from secret (faults).
Also withhold Your servant from arrogant (sins); do not let them rule over me; then I shall be innocent from great transgression.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing before You, YHVH, my Rock and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:7-14