The Life of David – Part 7
The story of David and Bathsheba gives an example of the danger of allowing temptation to turn into sin and compromise. David slipped into the bondage of sin and cover up, but experienced complete forgiveness when he realized his sin against God and repented. We too can experience forgiveness from God when we don’t conceal our sin but confess.
Read 2 Samuel 12:1-24 and answer the following questions:
- In verses 1-6, what was David’s reaction to the Nathan’s story? How does sin cause denial and blinders to our own actions? What can be the consequences to those around us if we conceal sin?
- What rebuke does Nathan give to David? (verses 7-12). What do you learn of how God desired to bless David and how He felt about David’s actions?
- Read Proverbs 3:11-12, 9:8, and 17:10. In 2 Samuel 12:13, what wisdom did David speak that demonstrated he still had a heart to follow God? Why is repentance of sin essential to being restored according to Acts 2:38, 2 Corinthians 7:8-10 and James 5:16?
- Even though our sin causes consequences, what do we learn from 2 Samuel about God’s grace, compassion and blessings despite our sin? What is the significance of Solomon’s birth? (Luke 1:68-70).
- David wrote Psalm 32 and 51. Read Psalm 32:1-7, and if time allows, Psalm 51. What do you learn from the life of David about the bondage of sin and the freedom and joy of forgiveness from God? How do these Psalms give you comfort and hope?
- What have you learned from the story of Nathan and David about: (1) how to approach someone who is caught in the trap of sin and (2) how to respond if you’re approached about sin in your life? Is the environment of your group a safe place to confess? If not, what steps can your group take to make it a place where members are willing to confess sin and ask for help?
- What makes a group a safe place for confession and repentance? Is your group that place?
2 Samuel 12: 1 - 13
The Lord sent Nathan to David. When he came to him, he said, “There were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor. 2 The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle, 3 but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him.
4 “Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who had come to him.”
5 David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, “As surely as the Lord lives, the man who did this must die! 6 He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity.”
7 Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man! This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. 8 I gave your master’s house to you, and your master’s wives into your arms. I gave you all Israel and Judah. And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more. 9 Why did you despise the word of the Lord by doing what is evil in his eyes? You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife to be your own. You killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. 10 Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house, because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.’
11 “This is what the Lord says: ‘Out of your own household I am going to bring calamity on you. Before your very eyes I will take your wives and give them to one who is close to you, and he will sleep with your wives in broad daylight. 12 You did it in secret, but I will do this thing in broad daylight before all Israel.’”
13 Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.”
Nathan replied, “The Lord has taken away your sin. You are not going to die.
2 Samuel 12: 24
24 Then David comforted his wife Bathsheba, and he went to her and made love to her. She gave birth to a son, and they named him Solomon. The Lord loved him;
Psalm 32: 1 – 5
1 Blessed is the one
whose transgressions are forgiven,
whose sins are covered.
2 Blessed is the one
whose sin the Lord does not count against them
and in whose spirit is no deceit.
3 When I kept silent,
my bones wasted away
through my groaning all day long.
4 For day and night
your hand was heavy on me;
my strength was sapped
as in the heat of summer.
5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you
and did not cover up my iniquity.
I said, “I will confess
my transgressions to the Lord.”
And you forgave
the guilt of my sin.
1 John 1: 8 – 9
8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
Isaiah 44: 22
22 I have swept away your offenses like a cloud,
your sins like the morning mist.
Return to me,
for I have redeemed you.”