Accountable - Explore the Bible for July 8, 2018
Explore the Bible
July 8, 2018
2 Samuel 12:1-14 (CSB)
Have you ever had a police officer pull you over, approach your window and say, “Do you know why I pulled you over?” Chances are, if you have experienced this, you did not come out and say, “I did something wrong officer, and I deserve whatever you give me.” You probably said something like, “I have no idea,” and, by that statement, you all but admitted guilt.
In 2 Samuel 12:1-14, Nathan confronted David about the adultery and murder he committed in 2 Samuel 11. Nathan, utilizing Jesus’ favorite teaching style, used a parable to help David understand his impending judgment. The interesting aspect of David’s impending judgment was that he did not see it coming. If you look back at the end of 2 Samuel 11, David was confident the issue was resolved with his nuptials to Bathsheba.
In the parable, David was able to recognize the rich man’s sin, but in life, David was not able to recognize his own. Nathan helped David understand that he was responsible for his own sins and God was judging him. Sin, as Nathan explained, created a chasm between David and God that needed to be broached through repentance. David repented, and Nathan declared, “The LORD has taken away your sin” (1 Sam. 12:13). You can see the heart of David’s repentance in Psalm 51 when he recognized his sins, admitted his sins to God and asked God to wash him clean. David understood that God was the only one Who could make him clean.
As believers, God forgives us for our sins by His grace and mercy. We have to come to the point of understanding that God loves us, forgives us and makes us clean. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:19).