Passage: 2 Samuel
The prophet Nathan (whom, you might remember, is like the nation’s pastor), requests an audience with David. He comes in and says, “David… I heard about something that happened in your kingdom that really bothered me, and I wanted to share it with you and get your thoughts.” (Just as a reminder: David had seen Bathsheba bathing, lusted after her, sent messengers to bring her to him so he could sleep with her and then commenced a massive cover-up operation that involved murdering Bathsheba’s husband and taking her as his wife, and then lying to the nation for a year).
- Why are we always inclined to hide our sin?
- If you are not dead, God is not done. How would you explain that phrase?
- Why is it so important for you to take ownership of your sin?
- What does David mean when he says he has sinned against God alone?
- There’s a pattern in Christian circles--it may be well-meaning, but it’s deadly. And that is we give people assurance of forgiveness before there is evidence of repentance. Nathan did not do that with David. It was only after repentance he gave assurance. Why is this such an important concept for us to understand?