This devotion begins with a scripture of the prophet Nathan prophesying to King David. Nathan brings to light David’s sin and proceeds to tell him the consequences of that sin.
II Samuel 12:10-12 (AMP)
10Now, therefore, the sword shall never depart from your house, because [you have not only despised My command, but] you have despised Me and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife. 11Thus says the Lord, Behold, I will raise up evil against you out of your own house; and I will take your wives before your eyes and give them to your neighbor, and he shall lie with your wives in the sight of this sun. 12For you did it secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel and before the sun.
The chronological events that was fulfilled by God’s words:
Through all the chaos within the family, God raises the next king from David’s house; King Solomon. God gives him a special name, Jedidiah. It is of Hebrew origin, and its meaning is “beloved of the Lord” (biblical: a blessing).
I Kings 2:4 (AMP)
That the Lord may fulfill His promise to me, saying, If your sons take heed to their way, to walk before Me in truth with all their heart and mind and with all their soul, there shall not fail you [to have] a man on the throne of Israel.
I Chronicles 29:25 (AMP)
And the Lord magnified Solomon exceedingly in the sight of all Israel and bestowed upon him such royal majesty as had not been on any king before him in Israel .
Solomon starts off great in obeying and acquiring the wisdom and knowledge unlike any other man to this day. The Lord allows him to build the first temple. But eventually, we see the love for women take precedence over the love for God. Solomon starts mingling with women from other tribes, which is forbidden by God. He starts to build high places for his foreign wives to worship their gods.
I Kings 11:3-4 (AMP)
3He had 700 wives, princesses, and 300 concubines, and his wives turned away his heart from God. 4For when Solomon was old, his wives turned away his heart after other gods, and his heart was not perfect (complete and whole) with the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father.
God warns Solomon not once but twice of his wicked ways and to turn back. But he doesn’t heed the warning. God turns around and allows Solomon’s servant, Jeroboam, to take the kingdom from him. But this is fulfilled after he dies and his son, Rehoboam begins his reign. Because of Solomon’s disobedience, the kingdom is divided into two: Israel and Judah. Rehoboam rules over Judah and Jeroboam rules over Israel.
Many of us will read this story and ask why God was tough on David for the adultery act with Bathsheba and the murder of her husband.
I Kings 15:5 (AMP)
Because David did what was right in the eyes of the Lord and turned not aside from anything that He commanded him all the days of his life, except in the matter of Uriah the Hittite.
David was after God’s own heart and he knew God. He wasn’t a child in Christ drinking milk. David was eating the meat and basking in God’s favor. He looked away for a few seconds and that action opened the crack for the enemy to take the opportunity to destroy. For an instant, he moved away from God.
God treats us like children; Him being a parent. He teaches and allows us to make the choices. We will fall and get up, fall and get up. With every fall, we’re not supposed to stay down but get up and learn from it. What makes us think that the Lord will just let us do what we want to do with no repercussions? The devil doesn’t give us a break and is ready to steal all from us but God is right beside us protecting, guiding, and loving us. Yes, that also means scolding us when we need it. We learn by going through various exercises of falling and getting up. If we didn’t have this, we would forget about our God and act like the people in the book of Judges. God has always wanted us to have a better life than just a mediocre one.
Acts 13:21-23 (AMP)
21Then they asked for a king; and God gave them Saul son of Kish , a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years. 22And when He had deposed him, He raised up David to be their king; of him He bore witness and said, I have found David son of Jesse a man after My own heart, who will do all My will and carry out My program fully. 23Of this man’s descendants God has brought to Israel a Savior [in the person of Jesus], according to His promise.
Luke 1:32 (AMP)
He will be great (eminent) and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give to Him the throne of His forefather David…
David’s reign was the symbolism of the kingdom on earth. While Jesus is the symbolism of the Kingdom in Heaven. In the natural world, Jesus was the descendant of David, hence, called the son of David. But we all know that His true father is the God in Heaven who reigns over all.
II Samuel 7:12-13 (AMP)
12And when your days are fulfilled and you sleep with your fathers, I will set up after you your offspring who shall be born to you, and I will establish his kingdom.13He shall build a house for My Name [and My Presence], and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.
God’s mercy is wonderful. He loved David and even after his death, God kept His promise that someone from David’s household would always reign as king. As we read the book of Kings, we see exactly that. The kingdom was divided but He allowed the tribe of Judah to be reigned accordingly until the fall of Babylon . God truly tries with us, giving us chances upon chances. It’s amazing to read the oldest book on earth and we have to acknowledge that we repeat the same mistakes. All praises to the Lord for his Grace and Mercy!