Tuesday, March 26, 2024

March 26, 2024

God sent Nathan, the prophet, to tell David of God's displeasure with what he had done by having Uriah killed and taking his wife for his own. By this time, Bathsheba was late in her pregnancy, and David had yet to repent of what he had done. Nathan told him a parable about a rich man who had taken a poor man's highly favored and only lamb and used it to entertain his guest rather than taking one from his flock. David became angry at the rich man; that's when Nathan told him the rich man was him, comparing Bathsheba to the lamb. Nathan also said to him that the sword would never leave his house and God would permit evil to come against him because of what he had done to Uriah. David immediately repented, crying out that he had sinned against God. Nathan assured him that he would not die for his sin.

David said to Nathan, "I have sinned against the LORD." And Nathan said to David, "The LORD also has put away your sin; you shall not die. 2 Samuel 12:13

David wrote Psalms 51. If you need to repent and don't have the words, use this psalm; it's incredible.

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. Psalms 51:17

However, Nathan told him the baby would die. David fasted and prayed on his face for seven days, hoping God would hear his prayer and let the baby live. David refused to eat or be comforted,  but the baby died on the seventh day. After he died, he cleaned himself up and ate because he knew he couldn't bring him back to life with his prayers. He comforted Bathsheba and laid with her, and she bore Solomon. And the Lord loved him. 

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