Nathan the prophet told David a story about a rich man and a poor man. The rich man had many flocks, while the poor man had one little ewe lamb, which was like a pet to him, almost a member of the family. The rich man was entertaining a traveler and took the poor man’s lamb to serve his guest. David was very angry with the man and told Nathan that the man should die, and restore the lamb fourfold. Nathan said to David, “You are the man!” The Lord spoke to David and asked why he ignored the blessings of God and decided to sin so deceitfully. The Lord said that the sword would not leave his house, and that his wives would be taken sexually, all publicly. David confessed his sin, and then Nathan told him that his sin was forgiven, and that he would not die for his sins. However, the child born in this win would die.
Next, the child became ill, and David began to pray and fast for the child. Seven days later the child died, and David’s servants were afraid to tell him. When he saw them whispering, he asked if the child was dead. Once they confirmed it, David rose up, washed and anointed himself, and changed his clothes. He then went into the house of the Lord and worshiped. He then went home and ate. His servants were surprised and asked what was happening. 22 And he said, “While the child was alive, I fasted and wept; for I said, ‘Who can tell whether the LORD will be gracious to me, that the child may live?’ 23 But now he is dead; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.”
The main message to be taken from this story is that sin has consequences. While David was perhaps the most powerful man in his world at the time, he could not escape the judgment of God upon his sin. David paid a deep price for his sin, even after he was forgiven. Be sure that the grace of God is broad, but the consequences of sin are not automatically abated because of forgiveness. Whatever you sow, you will reap!