“And Nathan said to David, ‘The Lord also has put away your sin; you shall not die.’”
II Samuel12: 13
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“Work hard for sin your whole life and your pension is death. But God’s gift is real life, eternal life, delivered by Jesus, our Master.”
Romans 6: 12
The Message Bible
If I had been in David’s place, and had seen what a terrible mess I’d made of my life, what emotions would have filled my heart when my heavenly Father told me, “I have put away your sin?”
“ ‘God so lived that he gave…!’ And the giving – with Calvary at its heart, was not a trickle but a torrent.”
Paul S. Rees
“God loved us when there was nothing good to be seen in us and nothing good to be said in us.”
“It is all grace. It is not even that there is a door which Christ has unbolted, and we, standing outside it, have to stretch out our hand, lift the latch, and walk through. We are already inside.”
John Austin Baker
Recently, I was watching a children’s program. A group of youngsters ran out of a house and the door, which was of another era, slammed closed, latching shut. Unfortunately, none of the children were tall enough to reach the latch and unclasp the door’s lock. Even standing on tiptoes wasn’t enough to do the trick. The children were so small and young that there wasn’t even a child who could hoist another young person up on their shoulders so they could reach the unreachable.
I want to ask you a very personal question. When it comes to God’s forgiveness and redemption in your life, have you ever felt as though you were one of the little kids who couldn’t reach the latch? Even on your tiptoes, when you were trying to contort yourself in any way you could to please God, did you feel like your sins made it impossible for you ever to measure up? You couldn’t reach high enough? You weren’t good enough?
If we are all honest with ourselves, I truly believe all of us have, at one time or another in our lives, even maybe right now, felt we weren’t perfect enough – even when we have tried to stretch to the maximum of our potential and ability.
If you find yourself in this situation, then God’s words to David in our text today, are words especially sent to us, today.
After all that David did to “despise” not only the commandments of God, but to “despise” God, personally, as well as His advice, God’s first words to David after he admitted his sin were not some kind of tongue-lashing criticism or a “that’s more like it” request for David to grovel.
Instead, in some of the most gracious words in all the Bible, God told David through the prophet Nathan, “The Lord has put away your sin.” We absolutely must stop and look closely at these magnificent words from God.
First, if you remember your English classes, the word “has” is past tense. In God’s mind, when David recognized and admitted his sin, God replied, “Your sin is in the past, David.” If anything God says should give us courage for the future, it is that He has forgotten the past. The Old Testament prophet Micah tells us that God, “will have compassion upon us; He will tread our iniquities under foot; and wilt cast all our sins into the depths of the sea” (Micah 7: 19, A.K.J.V.). And as I have said before here in the Garden, “What God has buried, I have no right to dig up!” Period.
The prophet Isaiah offers another comforting look at the way God deals with our sins – past and present – “I made your rebellious acts disappear like a thick cloud and your sins like the morning mist. Come back to Me, because I have reclaimed you” (Isaiah 44: 22, God’s Word Translation).
The bottom line, God told David, was that his past was gone – and so is yours and mine. God has taken care of our past and no person on earth has a right to bring it up, to dig it up, or to dredge it up. Your past and mine have disappeared as the morning dew at noon.
But God told David that He had also done something else with David’s past. We find this in two words in II Samuel 12: 13 when God promises, “I have put away your sin.” In modern language today, when we “put away” something, we are often cleaning up or setting aside something which is not currently needed or being used. In the Hebrew translation, the words “put away” are a phrase which means, “to cover, to do away with.” David’s sin had been covered by God. His sin was done away with. And here’s the best yet! In the Hebrew, “put away” also means, “to cross over.” God crossed over David’s sin and it was gone. The British theologian, John Austin Baker expresses this thought so much better than I could when he penned these words, “Love does not send others to suffer in its place. Love comes itself…The Cross is not a picture of God. This was God himself.” This was our loving God, Himself, who “crossed over” and welcomed back His wayward son David into His open arms.
I’m so thankful this love exists today for you and me. A love that saves the worst of us and as writer Catherine Marshall so poignantly expressed, “Joyously redeems us.”
"That God should pity the world I understand, because when I walk down a hospital and see a sick child, I pity the child…but that God should love the world – the more I think about it, the more staggered I am.”
F. B. Meyer
“The love of God is greater far
Than tongue or pen can ever tell.
It goes beyond the highest star
And reaches to the lowest hell,
The guilty pair, bowed down with care,
God gave His Son to win;
His erring child He reconciled
And pardoned from his sin.
O love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure
The saints’ and angels’ song.
Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made;
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade;
To write the love of God above
Would drain the ocean dry;
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky”
Frederick Martin Lehman
Dorothy Valcấrcel, Author
When A Woman Meets Jesus
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