HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
This is an unfailing promise made by God Himself. I know of no better illustration than to examine the life of one of the greatest men in history, that is, the life of King David. He made some of the biggest blunders in history, but the Bible says that he” was a man after God’s own heart.” Let us first see…
King David.. David was not where he should have been when his great sin happened. 2 Samuel 11 says, “At the time when kings go forth to battle, that David sent Joab and his servants with him…But David tarried still at Jerusalem.”
Bathsheba was not where she should have been. I believe that it is clear from the text that she knew when David would be on his balcony, so she made sure to take her bath at that time. Now Bathsheba was married to one of King David’s soldiers, Uriah by name.
David saw Bathsheba in her bath and he sent his servants to bring her to his chamber. They had an adulterous affair.
Uriah. When David learned that Bathsheba was with child because of this adulterous affair he sent to the battlefield for Uriah to return to see his wife, Bathsheba. We have to admire the choice of Uriah not to see his wife until all of his comrades could see their wives.
Nathan was a fearless Prophet who delivered God’s message to David. David had committed a great sin and God sent Nathan to let David know that He knew about his affair. Note the message Nathan delivered to King David…”And the Lord sent Nathan unto David. And he came unto him and said unto him. There were two men in one city. The one rich and the other poor. The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds. But the poor man had nothing save one little ewe lamb, which he had bought and nourished up, and it grew up together with him and with his children, it did eat of his own meat, and drank of his own cup, and was unto him as a daughter. And there came a traveller unto the rich man, and he spared to take of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress for the wayfaring man that was come to him. And David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man and he said to Nathan, As the Lord liveth, the man that hath done this thing shall surely die. And he shall restore the lamb fourfold because he did this thing and had no pity. And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man, thus saith the Lord God of Israel. I anointed thee king over Israel. I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul. And I gave thee thy master’s house, and thy master’s wives unto thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah, and if that had been too little, I would moreover have given thee such and such things. Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the Lord to do evil in His sight? Thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword and has taken his wife to be thy wife and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon. Now, therefore, the sword shall never depart from thine house because thou hast despised me and hast has taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife. Thus saith the Lord, behold I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes and I will give them to thy neighbour and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of the sun. For thou didst it secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel and before the sun And David said unto Nathan I HAVE SINNED AGAINST THE LORD…” (2 Samuel 12:7-13).
David has committed two great sins…
He has broken the Law of God. “Sin is the transgression of the Law of God.”
He has had Uriah, the husband of Bathsheba killed.
King David did his best to cover his sin. He has had Uriah killed in battle and has taken Bathsheba for himself. It seems that everything is all covered up. No One Knows. No one will ever find out. Oh, but wait, David, God has said, “YOUR SIN WILL FIND YOU OUT.” “He that covereth his sin shall not prosper, but he that confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.” (Proverbs 28;13). You know, I believe that many in the King’s palace knew about the sin of David that night. Think of the many guards on duty, the night watches, the palace cooks who probably worked all night.. There are eyes that see! You know, it is just in man to try to cover his sin. It started in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve sinned. They tried to cover their sin with fig leaves, but as the Bible says, “Be sure, your sin will find you out.” The Bible has many examples of man’s efforts to cover his sin. From Adam to Achan, to Saul, to David, to Ananias and Saphira. Yes, it is man’s nature to try to cover his sin, but all in vain. It seems that a man with the power of David would have no trouble in covering his sin, “BUT GOD.”
Oh, the condemnation of sin! God sent the prophet to tell David about His condemnation of David’s sin. “For thou didst it secretly but I will do this thing before Israel and before the sun,” God told David that the sword will never depart from his house. The king was supposed to be an example of morality for the nation. “I have sinned” David cries in verse 13. God in His Grace forgave that sin, but there is a price to pay for sin. There are consequences. David paid a bitter price for breaking the commandments of God. He had to weep bitter tears. And so it is with sin, “Be sure, your sin will find you out.” God would not allow sin in the King’s house, in the White House, the Statehouse, the County house, the City house, the Rich house, the Poor house, nor the Church House! He will not allow sin in the Government of the Islands that are serving the people. Any sin found in the precincts where God has sent people to govern will not go unpunished. They will pay for their sins.
If you study the life of David after his affair, you will find a miserable man. Read Psalm 51, Psalm 32.
You will see The conviction of his conscience. “When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long. Day and night Thy hand was heavy upon me. My moisture is turned into the drought of summer..” (Psalm 32:3-4). David had gone from tears to sweat until there was no more moisture in him.
You will see Holy Ghost conviction. “Take not thy Holy Spirit from me,” (Psalm 51:11). The Holy Spirit did not live in the Old Testament believer, but He was always near.
You will see conviction that comes from “Transgression” or breaking the Law of God. (Psalm 51:3).
“He that covereth his sin shall not prosper, but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy. As you read Psalm 32, Psalm 51 you see David confessing his sin. “My sin is ever before me.” What sadness, what hurt, but that’s the way of sin. Now all of Israel will know, nothing is hidden. All that David can do is to claim the Mercy of God. Thank God for His Mercy. “It is of the Lord’s Mercies that we are not consumed because His compassions fail not.” (Lamentation 3:22).
What a high price tag. Sin is the costliest thing in all the world. Sin has brought nations down.
- Sin is bringing our nation down.
- Sin will cost you, and me! Sin will leave scars and marks that history will not erase, like that of King David.
- Sin may cost a Dad his family.
- Sin may cost a Wife her honour and praise.
- Sin may cost a young girl her virtue.
- Sin may cost a young man his strength.
- “Sin, when it is finished bringeth forth death.”
- Sin cost God His Son.
- Sin cost our Lord Jesus the suffering and pain of the cross.
He paid for my sin, for your sin, and for the sin of the whole world. “He was made sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21).
For the unsaved, the cure for sin is to trust the Lord Jesus and His finished Work on the Cross of Calvary. “In who we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sin according to the riches of His Grace.”Ephesians 1:7). God will come into your life at your invitation and be as real to you as He was to Moses at the burning bush. “But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His Name.” (John 1:12).
For those who have received Christ, but failed in some way, the Bible says, “If we (Christians) confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1John 1:9). Talk to God. He is always there to hear your prayer.
And let us all pray for our great nation. This nation was born with God’s Blessings. Born with the acknowledgement of God’s Word. This nation cannot survive the moral and spiritual decay much longer. The chaos that has taken a grip on this nation is unprecedented. Other countries have had unrest, but not to this magnitude from the murder of one man of colour live on television. As God was moving in the days of David, so He is moving in these days. I do not know what lies ahead for this nation, I do know that unless there is a turning back to God, We can “BE SURE YOUR SIN WILL FIND YOU OUT.”