From Today in the Word
2 Samuel 12; 2 Corinthians 5
There is surely no question as to the sinfulness of King David’s actions in killing Uriah and taking his wife for himself. But it took some time, and the intervention of a trusted friend, to wake David up and cause him to acknowledge his sin. Once broken, David demonstrates what Paul called Godly sorrow, which drove him toward God with hope of restoration (Psalm 51). Worldly sorrow, on the other hand, drives one away from God and into hopelessness, as displayed by Judas (2 Cor 7:10).
King David not only finds forgiveness and restoration by the steadfast love and mercy of God, but God evidences his sovereignty even over sin in such a way that, like Joseph’s brothers, “though you meant it for evil, God meant it for good” (Gen 50:20). There can be no doubt that David ultimately accepted responsibility for his sin and that it was truly wrong and displeasing to God (2 Sam 11:26-27). Yet, God had purpose for David and Bathsheba to bring forth Solomon (2 Sam 12:24-25), who would continue the line from “the root of Jesse” to the Messiah (Isaiah 11:1, Rom 15:12).
The implication in this scenario is that God is so much bigger than my sin, that he is unstoppably accomplishing his purposes (Eph 1:11) despite my failures and even uses it for good, but without removing sin’s wickedness or my personal responsibility in it.
This personal responsibility, or guilt, for sin brings us to the ever-important passage in 2 Corinthians 5 from the reading today as well. The following verse has to be one of the most critical in all of the Bible as it captures the “great exchange” of sin for righteousness that ocurred on the cross for all those who are “in Christ”.
For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
2 Cor 5:21, ESV
To the King of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.