Quick Repentance

9 Why have you despised the commandment of the Lord, to do evil in His sight? You have killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword; you have taken his wife to be your wife, and have killed him with the sword of the people of Ammon.

10 Now therefore, the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised Me, and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.’

11 Thus says the Lord: ‘Behold, I will raise up adversity against you from your own house; and I will take your wives before your eyes and give them to your neighbor, and he shall lie with your wives in the sight of this sun.

12 For you did it secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel, before the sun.’

13 So David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” And Nathan said to David, “The Lord also has put away your sin; you shall not die.

14 However, because by this deed you have given great occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme, the child also who is born to you shall surely die.”

2 Sam 12:13-14

Sometimes, when God forgives, He does not remove the consequence of disobedience.
In the first post, we learn that God punished the Israelites by denying them entry into the Promised Land.
In the second post, we learn that God also punished Moses and Aaron with the same penalty.

In this post, we learn from David’s adultery.
Certainly David repented when Nathan rebuked him.
God forgave David, but God did not remove the punishment of his sin.
The child from adulterous act died no matter how much David prayed for the baby.
In addition, bloodshed ran in his family.
Even his son, Absalom, staged coup de tat against David.

If only David had admitted his sin earlier without causing the death of Uriah, the consequences would not have been this severe!
If only David had listened to his guilty conscience earlier!!

Important lesson.
We must always obey the LORD and quickly repent if we disobey Him.
Otherwise, the consequences will be worse.

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