“Now when the wife of Uriah heard that her husband was dead, she mourned for her husband. When the time of mourning was over, David sent and brought her to his house and she became his wife; then she bore him a son. But the thing that David had done was evil in the sight of the Lord.” 2nd Samuel 11:26-27
One of the most liberating truths about coming to know Jesus Christ is the freedom it brings; Freedom from the penalty of sin, from the power of sin and eventually from the presence of sin (John 8:32). However, freedom in Christ cannot be separated from responsibility, from accountability. This New Testament doctrinal truth is illustrated (as are many) in the Old Testament in the life of King David. David chose to disengage himself from his soldiers and stay at home in a time when kings usually went to war. During this time of idleness, he saw Bathsheba, lusted for her, committed adultery with her, tried to cover it up and ultimately was responsible for seeing to the death of her husband, Uriah the Hittite. What some in the world might overlook, the Lord held David accountable!
There are two significant things regarding how the Lord held David accountable, and we would be wise to learn them. First of all there was an afflictive aspect of God’s dealings with him. The Lord said, “The sword shall never depart from your house…I will raise up evil against you from your own household…You did it secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel…” (2nd Samuel 12:10-12). True to the Lord’s Word, the baby Bathsheba would bear would die. Tamar, David’s daughter would be raped. Amnon, his son would be murdered by Tamar’s brother. Absalom, his son who led a rebellion against his father would be killed. David’s concubines would be ravaged in full public view. And Adonijah, another son of David would attempt to seize the throne in defiance of David’s stated wish for Solomon to succeed him as King. Just as surely as the Lord said concerning the Word that comes forth from His mouth, “will not return to Me empty…Without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it!” (Isaiah 55:11)
But do not fail to see and learn that there is a second aspect of God’s dealing with David, and it was and is REDEMPTIVE! “Then David said to Nathan, ‘I have sinned against the Lord’ and Nathan said to David, ‘The Lord also has taken away your sin; you shall not die’” All of God’s Judgments of His people are ultimately redemptive! Our freedom in Christ is certain, and His Grace is so amazing that, “There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus!” (Romans 8:1). As surely as we confess our sins, “God is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and cleanse us of all unrighteousness.” (1st John 1:9)
In 1992 there was a scandal in Washington DC (really). It came to be known as “Rubbergate.” People in congress are allowed to write checks on the “congressional bank” up to the limit of their congressional “salary.” In 1992 sixty-six congress persons wrote about 20,00 bad checks (more than their “salary”). The value of these 20,000 checks was $10,846,856. That brings to my mind Jesus’s last word on the Cross. It was “tetelestai” which roughly means “completion”. In the market place it meant “Paid in Full”! Something tells me politicians are not through writing “hot” checks, but Jesus Christ’s payment for salvation will never be returned for lack of sufficient payment! Praise the Lord, It is finished!