2 Samuel 12

Before Reading.

  • Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.


  • Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
  • Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
  • Take a note if you have question, inspiration.   

Read 2 Samuel 12.

Nathan rebukes David.

Prophet Nathan rebuked King David for committing sin, using a famous parable of the ewe lamb. The parable revoked David’s instinct of justice, which pointed to his injustice for what he did—adultery by force, cover up, and murder.

David confessed his sin. Psalm 51expresses his prayer of confession. “Have mercy on me, O Lord, according to your unfailing love; … against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight…. cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean…”

God took away David’s sin and his life was saved. But God punished him with consequences. There will be always war and conflict in his house, and his wives will be humiliated.

This story reveals two characters of God; God is merciful, who forgives sinners. And God is righteous bringing justice to those who do evil with consequences.

King David went back to war to win the victory.

 1. What does this passage tell you about God?  

 2.What does this passage tell you about people.?

 3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?  

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