7th March 2021 – David: A shepherd boy made good

Bible Reading

  • 2 Samuel 11 & 12


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 12:13


Here is the story of the youngest in a farming family of eight boys who has made good. David whom his father Jesse (1 Sam. 16:1) would refer to as the baby has been known for his bravery while guarding sheep fighting off a bear and a lion (1 Sam.17:34-37). David came to fam for killing the Philistines champion, Goliath a man from Gath, who was over nine feet tall, making it clear that it was the God of Israel that delivered him into hands, “This day the Lord will hand you over to me.” (1 Sam. 17:46a). David was also a gifted musician and you ladies would find him attractive.

King Saul, who was rejected by God for failing to carry out His commands to destroy the Amalekites. (1 Sam. 15:18-19). In chapter 30 of 1 Samuel David as King did fulfil God’s command and destroyed the Amalekites. David was still out in the fields tending sheep when the prophet Samuel visited Jesse’s family home. Then the Lord said, “Rise and anoint him; he is the one.” (1 Sam. 16:12b). The books of 1 & 2 Samuel along with the chapters 1 & 2 of 1st Kings gives us the history of this great King.

What I want to look at today is not his greatness but his weakness after all he being a King was still a man at heart.

King David’s Fall

There is an old saying, “How the mighty fall,” and this could well be said of King David and we must look no further than 2 Samuel 11 to read all about it. Just imagine what out newspaper headlines would be today if such a thing were so. ‘KING FALLS IN LOVE WITH WIFE OF A SOLIDER SERVING ON BATTLE FRONT’, the press would have a field day and rightfully so.

You see Springtime in those far-off days was the season that the kings would think about going to war. Israel was at war with Ammonites (2 Sam. 11:1). It happened while the King went for a walk on the top of his palace, for it had a flat roof that he spotted Bathsheba the wife of Uriah a Hittite who was bathing at the time. The woman was very beautiful, and David sent someone to find out about her. The man said, “Isn’t this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite?” (2 Sam. 11:2-3). To cut a long story short, David sent for her and committed adultery with Bathsheba, and she became pregnant with the King’s baby. Here we have the lust of the eyes which turned into action. He was the all – powerful King as he thought forgetting that he like all humans is subject to God’s Law. David not only committed adultery but also murder for he had Uriah sent to the battle front where he knew that he would be killed, this was premeditated murder. I accept that this was not the original plan, for the King had hoped that Uriah would go home while he had a spot of leave and spend the night with his wife so that he would think that the baby was his. Plan A failed and David was left with plan B. What about Bathsheba could she not have said NO, did she see it as a chance to raise up the social ladder. Do not even let us go down that road, it was the King who lusted after her, it was the King that sent for her, it was the King who committee adultery, and it was the King who had her husband killed. It was David who incurred God’s wrath.

King David’s Repentance

So, we come to our text and the King’s confession, Then David said “I have sinned against the Lord.” (2 Sam. 12:13). After the death of the child, he went into the house of the Lord and worshipped. Verse 20.

But there is a happy ending. After King David had repented of his sin he then went on to marry Bathsheba and they had a son and named him Solomon (2 Sam. 12:24) like his father he became a great King, sadly like his dear old dad he failed not before God had blessed him, but that is another fact of history for another time.

What is all this saying to us today? Let us look at what the Bible has to say to us. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us out sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:8-9)

There are three things to note here:

  1. We repent,
  2. We confess that we have sinned ,
  3. We are assured of God’s faithfulness and mercy.

As one hymn writer puts it, “At Calvary’s cross that were it begins when we come as sinners to Jesus.”