Friday, August 30, 2013

Lesson of Grace from David and Bathsheba

When David was at the height of his power, when he was involved in his great building projects, he expressed to Nathan the prophet his desire to build a temple for God. After all, why should God be worshiped in an old tent when he had built great cedar palaces for himself. Nathan told David that that was a great idea, and to go for it. But as Nathan was leaving the palace God spoke to him and told him to go back to David and tell him that he could not be the one to build Him a temple. But, although David would not be allowed to build the temple, God would give him a son, Solomon by name - and he would be the one to build the temple.

Now just stop and think about that for a moment.  David is blessed, and Solomon is mention by name - years before the Bathsheba incident. Think of what the implications of that is.

Does God bless us even when He knows that we are really going to blow it bad in the future? Will He even use the very mess we make of our lives to bring that blessing about? Yes. And David is a prime example. David blew it about as badly as anyone possibly could, and made a real mess of things. David committed adultery with the wife of one of his most trusted soldiers, and then plotted murder to cover up the crime. And God, knowing all things, blessed David anyway, and declared years in advance that Solomon, who would be David's child through Bathsheba, would be king after him and would be honored with the task of building His temple. WOW!!! Talk about Amazing Grace.

God doesn't stop loving us just because He knows we are really going to blow it bad sometime in the future. If He did, we would all be in real trouble. God doesn't wait for us to get our act together first, but blesses us even now. As Scripture says, it was while we were still sinners, dead in trespasses and sins, even enemies, that Christ died for us.

But it should be noted - Just because God told David in advance that he would have a son named Solomon does not mean that God was dependent on David committing adultery with Bathsheba and having her husband killed to bring that prophecy about.  God has ways of working things out. If David had not committed adultery with Bathsheba, perhaps Uriah would have ended up being killed in battle anyway, and Bathsheba would have lawfully become David's wife - and the adultery and attempted cover-up and all the tragedy that flowed from that event need never have happened.

But God's word will come to pass no matter how badly we mess things up

1 Chronicles 22:7-10 And David said to Solomon: "My son, as for me, it was in my mind to build a house to the name of the LORD my God; but the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 'You have shed much blood and have made great wars; you shall not build a house for My name, because you have shed much blood on the earth in My sight.  'Behold, a son shall be born to you, who shall be a man of rest; and I will give him rest from all his enemies all around. His name shall be Solomon, for I will give peace and quietness to Israel in his days. He shall build a house for My name, and he shall be My son, and I will be his Father; and I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel forever.’"