“And David’s anger 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 he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity…” (2 Sam. 12:5-6).
Sin in our lives causes us to be blind to the truth. It separates us from God. We know the right things to say and do. However, after we sin, we continue to go through the motions. Why? Because the right thing to say and do has become nothing more than a ritual to us.
During this period, we think we have gotten away with our sin because we think no one knows. But, this is where we are sadly mistaken. Why? Because there is Someone Who always sees and knows.
Understanding The Text
In this text, David is approached by the prophet Nathan (v.1). In Biblical times, when a prophet made an appearance unannounced, it brought fear among the people. The prophet’s appearance typically meant there was a message from God. However, in this scenario, David does not appear concerned about Nathan’s presence.
After Nathan presents his parable to David, David’s response is the appropriate response (vv. 1-6). He should feel indignation because of the injustice he feels one of his people has suffered. David should pronounce judgment against the perpetrator. This is his role and responsibility as the king.
The problem with David’s behavior is that he is giving the appropriate response. However, his sin and anger obscure his ability to judge righteously because he cannot see the truth of the story nor Nathan’s motive. He is unable to hear the truth within the story and God’s voice speaking through the prophet. This makes it difficult for him to receive the warning before the impending judgment.
Why Is Truth Important To Us?
This is important to us because we often find ourselves in similar situations as David. We sin and we attempt to cover our sin because we believe no one will ever find out. However, there is a God Who sits high and looks low. He sees, hears and knows all (Num. 12:1-2; 32:23). There is nothing hidden from His sight (Psa. 69:5; 139:7-8).
Our sin blinds us to this truth. How so? We continue to engage in our normal everyday practices. We continue to function as though all is well. However, we know nothing is further from the truth.
We cringe at every word that appears to expose our sin. It seems as though everything we hear or see convicts us of our actions. We are constantly looking over our shoulders to ensure that others are not watching us. It almost makes us paranoid enough to believe that, surely, someone must know the truth.
This, fortunately, is not how God intends for us to live. God intends for us to come to Him freely about anything (Heb. 4:14-16). He wants us to come to Him instead of running away and hiding in our sin. He wants us to come into the truth and knowledge about our sin. Why? Because when we know the truth, we can become free (Jn. 8:31-36; 14:6).
Sin causes us to run and hide from the truth. It causes us to have an obscured view of God and His love for us. If we trust in the truth of what God’s Word reveals to us about Him and of our previous experiences with Him, we will soon remember that there is no need to be afraid. Exposure in God’s light brings forth an opportunity for us to be restored to Him. In addition, it also allows us to become a recipient of His marvelous grace and wonderful mercy once again.