When Sin And Grace Abound

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We all know the familiar story – a powerful man abuses his authority and commits a heinous act, then scrambles to cover it up, destroying lives in the process. It’s a tale as old as time, replayed again and again in headlines that leave us dismayed.

King David’s story in 2 Samuel 11-12 is no different. We peek behind the curtain at a shocking abuse of power, watching a gradual slide into darker and darker sin. Yet this ancient text speaks freshly into our broken world, bringing a strange yet refreshing honesty about the nature of sin, consequences, and the offer of divine grace.

As we walk through David’s crimes, cover-ups, and confrontations, we may indeed find ourselves challenged and discomforted. But we can also discover insight into the workings of temptation, the folly of cover-ups, and the hope of redemption. If we dare to look deeply, we may just walk away strangely refreshed.

The Crime

David sees Bathsheba bathing and commits adultery with her, then arranges for her husband Uriah to be killed so he can marry her. This shows the gradual slide into sin that David experiences.

The Cover-up

David tries to cover up his sin by getting Uriah to sleep with Bathsheba to make it seem the child is Uriah’s, then arranging for Uriah’s death when that fails. Covering up sin only multiplies it.

The Contrast

David tries to justify his actions to Joab, but God clearly sees it as evil. What matters is how God judges our actions, not how others view them.

The Confrontation

Nathan confronts David’s sin, showing him the parable of the rich man taking the poor man’s lamb. When David is confronted, he owns his sin and confesses it. Confrontation by others can actually be God’s grace to help us see our sin.

The Consequences

Though David is forgiven, there are still consequences for his sin – violence, enemies, and the death of his son. Even though our sin is forgiven, we still face consequences in this life.

David’s journey confronts our own tendencies to justify and minimize sin. It warns us of those subtle early steps toward darkness. Yet it also offers a beacon of light – that honesty, confession, and Godly repentance can unlock forgiveness and healing, even for the gravest of sins.

Yes, consequences remain in this life. But we need no longer carry crushing guilt, fearing our sin exempts us from grace. Our human leaders disappoint, but our divine Savior never fails. In him, we find both mercy and the power to live renewed.

May this story stir in us deeper humility, integrity, and gratitude. As we reflect, where do we need to come clean? Who do we need to forgive? How might we walk ahead in wholeness? The road is open before us. Let’s take the next step.


2 Samuel 11-12

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