King David committed adultery when he slept with Bathsheba, daughter of Eliam and wife of a Hittite soldier, Uriah 2 Sam 11: 5). Wanting to have more of Bathsheba all for himself, he used his power to transfer Uriah to one of the fiercest battles that will ensure Uriah’s death. This hidden move by David displeased God. Hence, Chapter 12 revealed how Nathan rebuked David of the evil he has done. To make David realize his guilt, Nathan enumerated all the best things God has given him. In fact, it was on this occasion when he was confronted by Nathan after committing adultery that David wrote Psalm 51. Psalm 51). King David acknowledged his sin with Bathsheba before God, lamented sincerely and sought God’s forgiveness. However, God hates sin in all its form and does not allow any sin to go unpunished. In the end, King David surrendered to God’s will by accepting the death of his first child with Bathsheba. Seeing a truly repentant heart in King David, God forgave King David and still allowed him to continue to rule as King until the birth of his second son, Solomon who also won God’s favour and succeeded David. What does the 2nd Book of Samuel and its selected chapters actually tell the readers in the context of the Christian faith? Historically, it reveals the beginning of fulfilment in the prophecy that the true redeemer of God’s people shall originate from the house of David. Of course, there were instances when some verses were found cross-referenced in another Book within the Holy Bible. These selected passages reveal the pure truth about God, His great mercy and grace. It also tells us how God provides for those whose hearts are truly set on him and does His will. The greater lessons learned include the proper attitude, sincerity and honesty that one must carry in his heart to be able to win God’s approval just like that of David’s.
ReferenceThe Holy Bible New International Version: Containing the Old and New Testaments. International Bible Society. Colorado Springs: USA, 1984. Print
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