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THE FEAR OF THE LORD

    When the wife of Uriah heard that her husband was dead, she mourned for her husband. And when her mourning was over, David sent and brought her to his house, and she became his wife and bore him a son. But the thing that David had done displeased the Lord. II Samuel 11:26,27

    Guilty of adultery and murder, two transgressions that both carried a death sentence, David thought he was off the hook, believing the whole affair was neatly swept under the proverbial carpet, but God saw his sin and was greatly displeased with his behavior. There are always consequences for every evil action! 

    It had been a year or so since David's great sin and Bathsheba had delivered a baby boy, all was forgotten and life was good, except God had not forgotten and He sent the prophet Nathan to expose his sin to him. Nathan came to David and told him about a rich man and a poor man and said that the rich man had someone come to visit him, but instead of taking a lamb from his own flock to feed the visitor he took the poor man's only ewe lamb, raised as a pet and served it to his guest.

    David's anger was greatly aroused against the man and he said to Nathan, "As the Lord lives, the man who has done this shall surely die!" Then Nathan said to David, "You are the man!" David was exposed, his conscience pierced with the words of the prophet and then God spoke, further bringing him to his knees in repentance!

    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. 'Now therefore, the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised Me, and taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.' II Samuel 12:9,10

Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin
   Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ