2 Samuel 12:1-14

Today's Passage: 2 Samuel 12:1-14

2 Samuel 11 was undoubtedly the lowest spiritual point of David’s life. The close of the chapter leaves us with these chilling words: “But the thing that David had done displeased the LORD.” (v. 27)

When we pick up in chapter 12 it seems that it is likely that David had not yet realized the severity of his sin. Before judging David harsher than we would judge ourselves (Matthew 7:5), we must realize that sin is deceptive.

Jeremiah 17:9
The heart is deceitful above all things,
    and desperately sick;
    who can understand it?

Hebrews 3:13
But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.

To be clear, just because sin is deceitful does not excuse sin in your life, but it should serve as a warning to be on guard against it.

David’s deception is cleverly revealed by Nathan’s parable in verses 1-4.

Then in verses 7-12, Nathan lays out the bold judgment of the Lord.

What’s clear here is that God deals with sin very seriously. (For a more in-depth treatment of God punishing David by allowing his son to die, read this article).

What areas are you blind to your own sin? Pray that God would give you a soft heart towards him and dealing with your sin.

Find someone in your life that can act as accountability to you, so that “you may [not] be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.”

Written By: Graham Withers

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