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God’s Amazing Grace

God’s Amazing Grace
Today’s Text: 2 SAMUEL 12:1-24
LIFE OF DAVID


Grace is a word often used, but seldom fully understood. How would our lives change if we fully grasped the implications of God’s amazing grace?

King David’s life exemplifies the magnitude of God’s grace in a way all can grasp. Even a cursory study of David’s life reveals a man far from perfect. The Bible doesn’t whitewash, camouflage or ignore his imperfections. David is who he is—virtues as well as faults.

The illicit relationship between David and Bathsheba and their subsequent attempts to conceal the truth spiraled out of control with devastating consequences. Uriah was dead. The child born to King David and Bathsheba also had died seven days after birth, just a day before the circumcision and naming could be performed.

Nathan, David and Bathsheba. (Madeleine Place de La Madeleine, Paris, 1837). By Baron Henri de Triqueti.

Nathan predicted the consequences of their sin; and, they knew what lay in store. For seven days, they had hovered over the newborn unable to escape the memories of their sin. God was displeased by their actions—there were consequences—tragically, their child died as Nathan predicted.

It’s easy to focus on the tragedy of the circumstances they brought upon themselves. But, if we pull ourselves away from the remorse and sadness of this true-life story, it quickly becomes evident that while instructive, the real message is God’s grace.

David’s repentance as recorded in the 51st Psalm demonstrates an intense awareness of God’s grace as he prayed,

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me by Your generous Spirit. Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners shall be converted to You” (Ps. 51:10-13).

David had nothing to offer in exchange for God’s forgiveness. David placed himself fully in the gracious hands of God. And, God forgave the sin of David and Bathsheba completely. Nathan still warned of consequences set in motion by his actions, but David’s sin was forgiven—not partially, not conditionally, but completely (2 Sam 12:13). By God’s grace, they could experience the unsurpassed peace of forgiveness.

If only more Christians could embrace that truth!

Shortly after the death of their newborn, Bathsheba conceived and gave birth to another son. In the brief statement recording the birth of the child, we see the model of God’s sovereign grace:

“So she bore a son, and he called his name Solomon. Now the Lord loved him, and He sent word by the hand of Nathan the prophet: So he called his name Jedidiah, because of the LORD (2 Sam. 12:24b-25).

Eight days following his birth, their baby boy was circumcised according to Jewish custom and named, Solomon. In Hebrew, the name is pronounced Shelomo and means “peace” or “peaceable” suggesting the concept of restoration. The name communicates not only the peace of forgiven sin along with a restored relationship, but also suggests their understanding that God had replaced the son taken from them as a consequence of sin. What a tremendous testimony of God’s grace.

The fact that David and Bathsheba were blessed to continue their relationship as husband and wife is amazing. That they were given another son with destiny is astounding.

Read carefully what Scripture records upon the occasion of Solomon’s birth in verse 24. This was not a grudging concession on God’s part. Nor was Solomon considered just another son among many in David’s household. God loved Solomon!

Statue du roi Salomon, par Juan Bautista Monegro, façade de la basilique du monastère San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Espagne.

Despite his parent’s shortcomings, Solomon was the son to whom God specifically expressed His love. The text concludes, “and He [God] sent word by the hand of Nathan the prophet: So he called his name Jedidiah, because of the Lord (v.25).

There could be no more definitive expression of God’s love for Solomon. Jedidiah combines the abbreviated name for Jehovah, (Ya) with a form of David’s own name (dwd), which means “beloved.” Combined, the name means “beloved of God” or “Jehovah’s beloved.” God identified Solomon as the son of promise—the son through whom the Davidic Covenant would be realized—the next “David.”

Throughout biblical history, God demonstrates that He delights in using the least likely individuals (from man’s perspective) to accomplish His purposes. In spite of the circumstances that brought them together, David and Bathsheba’s son Solomon was destined to be next in succession in the lineage of Messiah. God identified Solomon as the son of promise, the son through whom the Davidic Covenant would be realized, the next “David.”

The application we can take away is simple, yet profound. God in His grace forgives completely. God honors a contrite heart with forgiveness for those who come to Him in genuine repentance. The sooner the better; but it’s never too late. That’s the beauty of God’s amazing grace!

 

Rev. Charles E. McCracken. Biblically Authentic - Standing with Israel.

Charles E. McCracken is an international Bible teacher, long-time friend of Israel and advocate for the Jewish people. Rev. McCracken authentically communicates biblical truth making his presentations relevant for those seeking to understand the significance of Israel and the church in Bible prophecy. He staunchly supports the nation of Israel and the Jewish people’s right to exist and live in peace.

© Charles E. McCracken 2016, devotional comments only. Repost/Reprint with permission from the author via Contact Form under ABOUT. Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved. (Emphasis added.)

IMAGES:
1) Nathan, David and Bathsheba. (Madeleine Place de La Madeleine, Paris, 1837), By Baron Henri de Triqueti [PD-US, PD-Art], via Wikimedia Commons – Enhancement: MKM Portfolios.
2) Statue du roi Salomon, par Juan Bautista Monegro, façade de la basilique du monastère San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Espagne. By Jebulon [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons – Enhancement: MKM Portfolios