Sin Has Terrible Consequences

“Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house, because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.”
This is what the LORD says: “Out of your own household I am going to bring calamity on you. Before your very eyes I will take your wives and give them to one who is close to you, and he will sleep with your wives in broad daylight. You did it in secret, but I will do this thing in broad daylight before all Israel.”
Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the LORD.”
Nathan replied, the LORD has taken away your sin. You are not going to die. However,  because by this deed you have given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child who is to be born to you shall surely die.” (V14, NKJV).
2 Samuel 12:10-14
God is very gracious and merciful but he is also very righteous in His judgment. God forgives our sins but He does not erase the consequences of our sins. Doing so would go against His own nature as a righteous judge. His word is a two-edged sword. It brings both forgiveness and inherent judgment. God forgave David his sin of adultery and murder but God did not spare David from the consequences of sin. The consequences humble us and draw us closer to God.

Judgment was merciful but swift and severe: “The sword will never depart from your house 
. . . Out of your own household I am going to bring calamity on you. Before your very eyes, I will take your wives and give them to one who is close to you, and he will sleep with your wives in broad daylight.  . . . ”  David was spared from death but not the consequences of his sin. He had to face them. He had to learn from them.

Question: Why was God so severe with David?
I believe the answer is because God had given so much to David. There was so much divine investment in him. The very story of redemption was to unfold through the lineage of David and God did not take the blemish of David’s sins upon the divine plan lightly. Scripture makes it clear that to whom much is given, of him shall be much required. (Luke 12:48).  God reminded David of all the blessings He had so graciously bestowed upon him and how He was even prepared to give David more blessings if he found them to be too small. God was greatly disappointed.

Two things are worth pondering over:
First: God was very grieved because David despised the word of God. In other words, David knew what God required of him but he blatantly went against it in a hateful manner. He had no regard for God’s word. His selfish focus was to satisfy his cravings by rejecting God’s word on the matter. Nathan could only describe David’s behavior as “despising the word of God.”

Second: God was grieved because the “man after God’s own heart” had given occasion to the enemies of God and of Israel to make a mockery of God. The man God trusted so much had betrayed Him! He had made a mockery of God. David’s life from that point on went downhill. As the story unfolds, we see violence, treachery, and rebellion in his house.

God is merciful but righteous in His judgment. He forgives but does not remove the consequences of our sins. It is important to remember that sin has lasting ramifications that can affect an entire group of people well beyond us. That is the nature of sin.

Prayer: Father, I ask that you help me to be cognizant of the consequences of sin at all times because of the ramifications not just for me but for others well beyond myself. Amen.