Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost (Aug 5th)

Pastor's Summary of  2 Samuel 11:26-12:13a

While David;s troops were off fighting the Ammonites, he has lain with Bathsheba, Uriah's wife, making her pregnant. David has tried to get Uriah, home on leave, to lie with his wife (so he will think the child is his), but when this has failed, David has ensured that Uriah is killed in the fighting. David has gained a wife and a son, but his actions earn him God's displeasure (11:27). Prophets interpret current events from God's perspective, and foretell the future to which they are leading. Nathan courageously tells David a simple parable (12:1-5), designed to appeal to David's sensibilities. (We recognize the "ewe lamb", 12:3, as being Bathsheba.) David rises to the bait, not seeing the parallel. Nathan, of course, identifies the rich man as David (12:7) and gives him a message from God: he has "despised the word of the Lord" (12:9) in doing evil. His divine punishment is internecine warfare ("sword", 12:10): God will disrupt his own household (12:11) and a son will take some of his wives, as he has done Uriah's. There will be one difference: David has attempted to conceal his sin, but all will see his son's (Absalom's) sin. David admits that he has deviated from God's moral standards: they are the ones that count, not his. In 12:13ff, Nathan tells him that God has pardoned him partially: he will live, but the son by Bathsheba will die. The son dies (12:18), but God shows his lasting love for him by giving him another son by Bathsheba, Solomon (12:24).