2 Samuel 12:9, 10 - Sin Can Be Forgiven; But Will Leave Scars.

2 Samuel 12:9, 10 - Sin Can Be Forgiven; But Will Leave Scars.

2 Samuel 12:9, 10 (NCV) So why did you ignore the LORD'S 
command? Why did you do what he says is wrong? You killed Uriah the 
Hittite with the sword of the Ammonites and took his wife to be your 
wife! Now there will always be people in your family who will die by a 
sword, because you did not respect me; you took the wife of Uriah the 
Hittite for yourself!' 

For about a year, David hid his sins and suffered under the 
chastening hand of God (Ps. 32; Heb. 12:1-11). God gave David opportunity 
for repentance, but he refused to yield. Chastening proves God's 
love to us; our yielding proves our love to Him.... The Law said that 
both David and Bathsheba should die (Lev. 20:10). In His grace, God 
forgave their sins (Ps. 51)... but permitted them to reap what they had 
sown.... Remember, there are sad consequences of forgiven sin. [Chapter 
by Chapter Bible Commentary by Warren Wiersbe] 

The predictions in these verses came true. Because David 
murdered Uriah and stole his wife, (1) murder was a constant threat in 
his family (13:26-30; 18:14, 15; 1 Kings 2:23-25); (2) his household 
rebelled against him (15:13); (3) his wives were given to another in 
public view (16:20-23); (4) his first child by Bathsheba died (12:18). 
If David had known the painful consequences of his sin, he might 
not have pursued the pleasures of the moment. [Life Application SB] 

Though David repented of his sin and was forgiven and accepted 
by the Lord, he reaped the baleful harvest of the seed he himself 
had sown. The judgments upon him and upon his house testify to God's 
abhorrence of the sin....... the results of sin, even in this life, will be 
found bitter and hard to bear.  {PP 723}   

  What is required for God to forgive sin? Repentance. But even 
repentance does not ensure the removal of the consequences of sin. The 
consequences often remain as a reminder of the terrible, destructive nature 
of sin. 
  David was forgiven for his grievous sins of lust, adultery, 
robbery, and murder. God forgave him absolutely and removed his sin from 
him completely (Ps 103:12). God did not, however, remove the pain 
that David would endure as a result of his transgressions. The child 
born of David's adultery died (2Sa 12:14). David's son Amnon raped 
David's daughter Tamar (2Sa 13:14). David's son Absalom murdered Amnon 
(2Sa 13:28-29). Absalom brought the kingdom into rebellion (2Sa 15). 
For the rest of David's reign, violence filled his home and his 
kingdom. Although David knew he was forgiven, he bore the painful 
consequences of his sin for the rest of his life. 
  It is presumptuous to assume that God removes every 
consequence the moment you repent of your sin. Do not think that the instant 
you show remorse God will restore everything as it was. He may not. 
Some sins, such as adultery, come from a flawed character. God 
forgives sin immediately upon repentance, but it takes longer to build 
  Because we know the devastating consequences of our 
disobedience, let us diligently avoid every sin and "run with endurance the 
race that is set before us" (Heb 12:1b). [Experiencing God Day by Day 
by Henry and Richard Blackaby re 2Sa. 12:10] 

1 John 1:9 (NKJV) If we confess our sins, He is faithful and 
just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all 

Galatians 6:7 (NKJV) Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for 
whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.  


Holy words long preserved
for our walk in this world,
They resound with God's own heart
Oh, let the Ancient words impart.

Words of Life, words of Hope
Give us strength, help us cope
In this world, where e'er we roam
Ancient words will guide us Home.

Ancient words ever true
Changing me, and changing you.
We have come with open hearts
Oh let the ancient words impart.

Holy words of our Faith
Handed down to this age.
Came to us through sacrifice
Oh heed the faithful words of Christ.