Can you imagine being the son of King David? Solomon was David’s son, not only that, but he was the child of Bathsheba. If you remember the story, she was the beautiful woman bathing on a roof top. She was married to Uriah, a great army commander, who was fighting for David’s Kingdom. While Uriah was away, defending the Kingdom, David ‘took’ Uriah’s wife. Although this happened in secret, God saw. A prophet, Nathan, approached David with a sad story about a lamb that was killed for a rich man’s dinner. David thought that the rich man should be put to death. Nathan told David that the rich man was him. (2 Samuel 12)
David, when he knew that God saw his terrible sin, was so grieved. He repented, fasted, prayed, and refused to be comforted. David suffered the loss of his first baby with Bathsheba.
God used David’s sin for His good purpose though. God’s plan was that Solomon would be King of Israel. There is so much to this story!
When we think we have sinned too much for God’s forgiveness, we can see from the details of the life of David, that God has mercy. His love toward us is so great. David committed adultery. He had Bathsheba’s husband murdered. Real men are sinners. Real men, who have given their lives to Christ, are sinners who have repented and been forgiven by the greatest Father, ever!
Happy Father’s Day!
Proverbs 1 New International Version (NIV)
Purpose and Theme
1 The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:
2 for gaining wisdom and instruction;
for understanding words of insight;
3 for receiving instruction in prudent behavior,
doing what is right and just and fair;
4 for giving prudence to those who are simple,[a]
knowledge and discretion to the young—
5 let the wise listen and add to their learning,
and let the discerning get guidance—
6 for understanding proverbs and parables,
the sayings and riddles of the wise.[b]
7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
but fools[c] despise wisdom and instruction.