Live Like A King
Cleansing With Chastisement
Second Samuel, chapter twelve. The title of our message tonight is Cleansing With Chastisement, or I suppose we might call it pardon with punishment. I don't like the word punishment quite as well because the word punishment perhaps implies that God is dealing judiciously and that is not exactly what I wish to say. But Second Samuel, chapter twelve. Let's begin in verse one. "And the Lord sent Nathan unto David. And he came unto him, and said unto him, there were two men in one city; the one rich, and the other poor. The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds, but the poor man had nothing save or except one little ewe lamb which had uh, which ye had uh bought and nourished up, and it grew up together with him, and with his children; it did eat of his own meat and drank of his cup, and lay in his bosom and was unto him as a daughter. And there came a traveler unto the rich man, and he spared to take his flock and of his own herd to dress for the wayfaring man that was come unto him; but he took the poor man's lamb, and dressed it for the man that was come to him. And David's angel was greatly kindled against the man; and he said to Nathan, as the Lord liveth, the man that hath done this thing shall surely die. And be shall restore the lamb, fourfold because he did this thing and because he had no pity. And David said, and Nathan said to David, thou art the man. Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, I appointed thee king over Israel and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul; and I gave thee thy master's house, and thy master's wives into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been to little, I would moreover would have given unto thee such and such things.
Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the Lord to do evil in his sight? Thau hast killed Uriah the Hittite with a sword and has taken his wife to be thy wife and has slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon. Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house, because thou has despised me and has taken the wife to Uriah the Hittite to be my wife, to be thy wife. Thus saith the Lord, behold, I will raise up evil against thee, out of thy own house and I will take wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbor, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun. For thou didst it secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel and before the sun. And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the Lord and Nathan said unto David, the Lord also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die. How be it, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme, the child also that is born of thee, born unto thee, shall surely die."
Now, the story that we have tonight is not a pretty story. We already preached about David and his sin. How David committed adultery and then how David committed manslaughter in order ...
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