When prophet Nathan described an unprincipled rich man, David wanted the man’s speck punished. He had no idea that Nathan would blast the plank from his own eye.
And when Nathan stuffed the most comprehensive wickedness into a few words, designed to arouse David’s strongest compassion, and strongest sense of justice, the king never expected to be crucified by his own behavior as the charcoal-hearted villain!
However, instantly repentant, David admitted Nathan’s description: the king a sinner without excuse, without defense, without justification. David said, “I have sinned against the Lord”
II Samuel 12:13. Let us learn to repeat his words when we sin. Without qualifying our repentance or justifying our sin or minimizing our guilt.
Solomon’s birth would be God’s response to David’s repentance. In God’s wisdom, the mysterious forces of genetics and divine intervention combined to create in Solomon the wisest ruler ever to live.
The capture of Rabbah of the Ammonites would also be God’s gift. Life goes on, despite its tragedies. And when Joab captured the city’s citadel—its most secure part; and its water supply—its most important resource, Joab called the king to be its titular conqueror. End Part II
But ahh...warning...that left in place sin’s penalty.