2 Samuel 12* Nathan's parable-David confesses his sin. (1-14) The birth ofSolomon. (15-25) David's severity to the Ammonites. (26-31)1-14 God will not suffer his people to lie still in sin. Bythis parable Nathan drew from David a sentence against himself.Great need there is of prudence in giving reproofs. In hisapplication, he was faithful. He says in plain terms, Thou artthe man. God shows how much he hates sin, even in his ownpeople; and wherever he finds it, he will not let it gounpunished. David says not a word to excuse himself or makelight of his sin, but freely owns it. When David said, I havesinned, and Nathan perceived that he was a true penitent, heassured him his sin was forgiven. Thou shalt not die: that is,not die eternally, nor be for ever put away from God, as thouwouldest have been, if thou hadst not put away the sin. Thoughthou shalt all thy days be chastened of the Lord, yet thou shaltnot be condemned with the world. There is this great evil in thesins of those who profess religion and relation to God, thatthey furnish the enemies of God and religion with matter forreproach and blasphemy. And it appears from David's case, thateven where pardon is obtained, the Lord will visit thetransgression of his people with the rod, and their iniquitywith stripes. For one momentary gratification of a vile lust,David had to endure many days and years of extreme distress. 15-25 David now penned the 51st Psalm, in which, though he hadbeen assured that his sin was pardoned, he prays earnestly forpardon, and greatly laments his sin. He was willing to bear theshame of it, to have it ever before him, to be continuallyupbraided with it. God gives us leave to be earnest with him inprayer for particular blessings, from trust in his power andgeneral mercy, though we have no particular promise to buildupon. David patiently submitted to the will of God in the deathof one child, and God made up the loss to his advantage, in thebirth of another. The way to have creature comforts continued orrestored, or the loss made up some other way, is cheerfully toresign them to God. God, by his grace, particularly owned andfavoured that son, and ordered him to be called Jedidiah,Beloved of the Lord. Our prayers for our children are graciouslyand as fully answered when some of them die in their infancy,for they are well taken care of, and when others live, "belovedof the Lord." 26-31 To be thus severe in putting the children of Ammon toslavery was a sign that David's heart was not yet made soft byrepentance, at the time when this took place. We shall be mostcompassionate, kind, and forgiving to others, when we most feelour need of the Lord's forgiving love, and taste the sweetnessof it in our own souls.
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