David’s Sin (2 Samuel 11:1-27)
- One day, while walking in the Palace roof, David saw a woman taking a bath in her house. She was very beautiful. He sends a messenger and found out she was Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah the Hittite. Uriah is also one of the “Famous thirty” soldiers and presently fighting on the battle field. David sent a messenger to get Bathsheba, and he made love to her. Afterward she discovered that she was pregnant and sent a message to David to let him know.
- David sent a message for Uriah to go home to Jerusalem. David was hoping Uriah will make love to his wife, but twice Uriah slept in the Palace ground, because he cannot do it, his group are all fighting in the battle field. He considered this a sacred duty.
- David sends a message to his field commander Joab, and said: “Put Uriah in the front line, where the fighting is heaviest, then retreat and let him be killed.”
- When Uriah died, David took Bathsheba as wife and she became one of the King’s wives.
Prophesy for David (2 Samuel 12:1-14)
The Lord spoke thru the Prophet Nathan to inform King David what will happen to him.
- Your child with Bathsheba will die.
- In every generation some of your descendants will die a violent death.
- Someone from your own family will bring trouble on you.
- Your wives will be taken away from you and be given to another man.
- And he will have intercourse with them in broad daylight.
- You sinned in secret, but the Lord will make it happen in broad daylight for all Israel to see.
- David said: “I have sinned against the Lord”.
- Nathan said: The Lord forgives you, you will not die.
David’s Punishment (2 Samuel Chapters 12 to 18)
1. David son to Bathsheba become very sick. David prayed to God that the child would get well. King David refused to eat anything, and every night he went into his room and spent the night lying on the floor. A week later the child died.
2. Amnon, one of David’s son raped Tamar, David’s daughter by another wife.
3. Absalom, another David son (Tamar’s brother) by way of revenge murdered Amnon.
4. Absalom, whose mother is the daughter of King Talmai of Geshur, plans rebellion to his father.
5. David left his Palace with all his officials except for ten concubines to take care of the Palace. David left Jerusalem.
6. When King David arrived at Bahurim, Shemei, one of Saul’s relatives, came out, started cursing him and throwing stone at his officials, even though David was surrounded by his bodyguards. “Get out! Get out! Murderer, Criminal. The Lord has given the Kingdom to your son Absalom, and you are ruined, you murderer.”
7. Absalom set-up a tent on the Palace roof (in Jerusalem) and in the sight of everyone, Absalom went in and have intercourse with his father’s wives.
8. Absalom with all the men he can gather all over the country pursues David. Absalom was riding a mule, and as it went under a large oak tree, Absalom’s head got caught in the branches. The mule ran on and Absalom was left hanging in midair. David has specific instruction to his officials:” For my sake, don’t harm the young man Absalom. Joab, David’s highest military commander, nevertheless took three spears and plunged them into Absalom’s chest while he was still alive, hanging in the oak tree. Then, ten of Joab’s soldiers finished killing Absalom.