August 27 - David's Repentance (2 Samuel 12)
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We will continue a series based on God's Big Picture: Tracing the Story Line of the Bible, this Sunday in the youth room. This study will focus on the coherency of the Bible, following the specific theme kingdom of God and showing Christ as unifying subject and focus of the Bible. Ray Rutledge and Bo Pritchard will be in the Adult 1 classroom continuing through The Gospel Project (currently going through the New Testament).
2 Samuel 12:1-15
1And the Lord sent Nathan to David. He came to him and said to him, “There were two men in a certain city, the one rich and the other poor. 2 The rich man had very many flocks and herds, 3 but the poor man had nothing but one little ewe lamb, which he had bought. And he brought it up, and it grew up with him and with his children. It used to eat of his morsel and drink from his cup and lie in his arms, and it was like a daughter to him. 4 Now there came a traveler to the rich man, and he was unwilling to take one of his own flock or herd to prepare for the guest who had come to him, but he took the poor man's lamb and prepared it for the man who had come to him.” 5 Then David's anger was greatly kindled against the man, and he said to Nathan, “As the Lord lives, the man who has done this deserves to die, 6 and he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.”
7 Nathan said to David, “You are the man! Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you out of the hand of Saul. 8 And I gave you your master's house and your master's wives into your arms and gave you the house of Israel and of Judah. And if this were too little, I would add to you as much more. 9 Why have you despised the word of the Lord, to do what is evil in his sight? You have struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and have taken his wife to be your wife and have killed him with the sword of the Ammonites.10 Now 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.’ 11 Thus says the Lord, ‘Behold, I will raise up evil against you out of 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. 12 For you did it secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel and before the sun.’” 13 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. 14 Nevertheless, because by this deed you have utterly scorned the Lord, the child who is born to you shall die.” 15 Then Nathan went to his house.
Last week a great hero in the bible had a great fall into adultery, followed by abuse of power and even murder. This all came from a man after God's own heart. What would happen to the promise of God? What hope is there for a sinner such as David? Chapter 12 offers us great hope. A great hero had a great fall but he has found mercy in the arms of a great God. We find in this story of repentance and redemption hope for those who fall deep in sin and shame. Our hope is not in our ability to reform, but in God's pursuing grace in exposing our sin so that we might repent and find consolation. God is gracious even to those hardened and stubborn. This is each of our stories. Like David, like Peter and like us, we need a God who pursues us so that we might find consolation in his forgiveness. To the repentant, God offers hope.
Review and Apply
Why did Nathan use the story of the rich man to confront David? How does this influence the way we approach people who need correction?
What makes God's pursuit of us a gracious act?
Give a story when someone confronted you over an issue of sin. Did it help? Why or why not?
What does he mean that 'Against you only have I sinned'? (Psalm 51:4)?
What happens when you fail to confess sin? Reflect on Psalm 32.
Why does God allow consequences to continue after granting forgiveness? What consequences have you faced? How does it instruct?
What is repentance? How does it differ from feeling sorry?
What is your practice of dealing with sins in your life?
Do you have a relationship in which you can confess your secret sins?
How will you thank God for his mercy cleaning you of all sin?