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When Tangled In Sin    2 Sam.12:1-7a, 9-14    Nov. 16, 2008


Introduction

       The judgment of an otherwise godly man gets corrupted by sin; as David allowed himself to become tangled in sin. In fact he aggressively pursued the sin of adultery, and it led to other pronounced sin. Often one sin leads to another. It seems misery does love company and that is more often true if the misery happened as a result of sin. Hopefully none of us will be tied up by sin; but judgment and total lifestyle will be affected When Tangled In Sin.

 

1.   When Tangled In Sin Don’t . . Condemn What You Condone. 2 Sam. 12:1-7a 

       A.   Condemning To . . Death What You Condone In Life. 12:1-5

              1 So the Lord sent Nathan to David. When he arrived, he said to him: There were two men in a certain city, one rich and the other poor. 2 The rich man had a large number of sheep and cattle,
3 but the poor man had nothing except one small ewe lamb that he had bought. It lived and grew up with him and his children. It shared his meager food and drank from his cup; it slept in his arms, and it was like a daughter to him. 4 Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man could not bring himself to take one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the poor man's lamb and prepared it for his guest. 5 David was infuriated with the man and said to Nathan: "As surely as the Lord lives, the man who did this deserves to die!

 

       B.   Condemning With . . Declaration What You Condone In Living. 2 Sam. 12:6-7a 

6 Because he has done this thing and shown no pity, he must pay four lambs for that lamb."

       7 Nathan replied to David, "You are the man! This is what the Lord God of Israel says: . . .”


       In a strange way it becomes almost humorous when a person tangled in sin judges another person who may be tied up in a similar sin or even more pronounced. Most of us can be very condemning of sins even when we may be involved in similar actions. David expressed his opinion that the man who sinned as Nathan described was worthy of death. However he condoned this behavior with his own actions. David declared how this man needed to pay a restitution for his sinful acts. He must have received a jolt as Nathan said, “you are the man!”

 

2.   When Tangled In Sin Don’t Attempt To . . Conceal From God. 2 Sam. 12:9-12

       A.   Don’t Attempt To Conceal The . . Despising Of God’s Commands. 2 Sam. 12:9-10

            9 Why then have you despised the command of the Lord by doing what I consider evil? You

struck  down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife as your own wife—you murdered him
with the Ammonite's sword. 10 Now therefore, the sword will never leave your house because you despised Me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own wife.'

 

       B.   Don’t Attempt To Conceal The . . Disaster Of God’s Judgements. 2 Sam. 12:11-12

              11 "This is what the Lord says, 'I am going to bring disaster on you from your own family:
I will take your wives and give them to another before your very eyes, and he will sleep with them publicly.  12 You acted in secret, but I will do this before all Israel and in broad daylight.'"


       Note I used the terms “attempt to conceal,” because we really cannot hide from God. David knew the commands of God but turned his back on them. Most of the translations of the Bible use the word, “despised” to indicate how David treated the commands of God. His sin was like shaking his fist at God and saying I know what your Word says but I am going to do what I want to do. This really caused a disaster as the judgment from the Lord brought much adversity to the family of David. Many people knew about David’s sin and the disaster caused by it and that made the judgment even harder to live with.


 

3.   When Tangled In Sin Learn . . Confession May Not Erase All Of God’s Judgment. 2 Sam. 12:13-14

       A.   Confession Does . . Save David’s Life. 2 Sam. 12:13

              13 David responded to Nathan, "I have sinned against the Lord." Then Nathan replied to David, "The Lord has taken away your sin; you will not die.

 

       B.   Confession Doesn’t . . Spare David’s Son. 2 Sam. 12:13

14 However, because you treated the Lord with such contempt in this matter, the son born to you

will die."

 

       Most Christians believe the confession of sin brings complete cleansing. According to several scripture verses that is true. However forgiveness does not always negate consequences of sin. Moses was forgiven but he did not get to go into the promised land. David received forgiveness that saved his live, but it did not spare the live of his yet unborn son. By the way God knew this baby would be a boy before it was born. How could He do that? Does God have ultra sound? How could He know it would be a boy and would die. We use terms such as “Omniscient, Omnipresent, and Omnipotent” to describe our Lord. Of course those words mean All Wise, Always Present, and All Powerful. We all need to confess our sin but at all times be very submissive to the Lord; especially When Tangled In Sin. Amen? Amen!