(Today's post by Chris Queen)
2 Samuel 12-13
We see them in every sport – whether it be the yellow flag refs throw, a signal from an umpire, or a soccer referee’s card. Penalties. Whenever an athlete commits a foul or does something against the rules, he or she gets a penalty. But occasionally, an athlete gets away without a penalty being called.
There’s a lot going on in these two chapters. When we last left King David, he acted on his lust and his power and got what he wanted – Bathsheba. Of course the price was high, since he had to have Bathsheba’s husband killed.
In Chapter 12, God sends the prophet Nathan to the king to confront him. Nathan uses the story of a man who kills his guest’s beloved lamb for food instead of using one from his own flock. David’s outrage at the story belies his guilt, and that’s where Nathan throws a flag.
10 From this time on, your family will live by the sword because you have despised me by taking Uriah’s wife to be your own.
11 “This is what the Lord says: Because of what you have done, I will cause your own household to rebel against you. I will give your wives to another man before your very eyes, and he will go to bed with them in public view. 12 You did it secretly, but I will make this happen to you openly in the sight of all Israel.”
David admits guilt, and Nathan assures him of God’s forgiveness. David’s baby with Bathsheba dies, but they try again and give birth to a son – Solomon. (See, God uses us for his plan despite our sin!)
In Chapter 13, things get pretty grotesque. David’s son Amnon tricks his half-sister Tamar into cooking and serving a meal to him as a ruse to get her into bed and rape her. David finds out.
21 When King David heard what had happened, he was very angry.
He was angry, but he didn’t throw a flag. And the sin went unconfessed and unpunished until Absalom, Tamar’s full brother, gets Amnon drunk and kills him. Once again, David finds out.
37 And David mourned many days for his son Amnon.
Absalom fled to his grandfather, Talmai son of Ammihud, the king of Geshur. 38 He stayed there in Geshur for three years. 39 And King David, now reconciled to Amnon’s death, longed to be reunited with his son Absalom.
David mourns and longs for a reunion, but he doesn’t throw a flag. The unchecked sins in his sons’ lives lead to more and more trouble in the future.
How do you react when someone confronts you about sin in your life?
When you see sin in others’ lives, do you pray and seek wisdom in God’s Word before throwing flags?