2 Samuel 12:1-31
The other day I read about a popular Christian singer who does not believe in God anymore. I read his statement and it seems like the first thing to start convincing him that God was not real was the Bible itself. As someone who has begun blogging about the Bible this week I definitely started getting nervous. I started getting nervous because I feel this pressure now to explain the Bible. I caught myself thinking that this morning.
The story of David and Bathsheba and Uriah the Hittite is one of those stories that can really trip us up. It's full of grace, forgiveness, and mercy, but also full of fear, loss, and injustice. I get frustrated with the things I can't explain. But I still believe in God. I still believe He is good, I still believe He loves me.
I believe because of what Jesus says in John 16:13 "when the Spirit of truth comes He will guide you into all truth." I believe because I ask the Holy Spirit to show me the truth and He does.
God was displeased at David for adultery and murder, and he suffered the consequences of his actions. But God was gracious to him and Bathsheba. Bathsheba's son Solomon becomes the next king. Bathsheba was the one beloved wife of a man but David murdered him and brought her in to be one of many wives. We know she was not just a victim, but her life certainly became very sad because of this whole event (as did David's). Still God graciously gave her a wise son to become king. God graciously made Bathsheba great-great-I-don't-know-how-many-greats grandmother to Jesus Christ himself.
The truth is God is just but gracious.
I don't know what lesson you might take from the reading today, but I know I am not the person you need to learn from. You need to learn from the Holy Spirit. God's Word does not need my help. Wherever you are on the scale from "God does not exist" to "Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so," if you turn to Him and ask Him "what is true?" He will tell you.
"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." John 16:33