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King David’s Story: Punishment + Grace

June 7, 2017

My previous post on King David, The Secret Behind King David’s Fame, recounted the favor and blessing on David’s life from listening and obeying the word of God. I followed up with King David’s Story: His Mistakes, which recounts David’s sin, and God’s reaction.



What I find to be the most beautiful about King David’s story is David’s repentance and the grace God shows him.


Quick Recap of King David

If you didn’t read the other posts, here’s a quick recap about King David.


In his youth, David was anointed by God to become the King of Israel. He defeated the giant Goliath, and as King was loved and adored by the people of Israel. He was also a strong military leader. He unified Israel, moved the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem, and established Jerusalem as the capital and religious center (See 1st and 2nd Samuel).



However during a war, David stayed home in Jerusalem and instead of leading his nation into battle, had an affair with one of his soldier’s wives, Bathsheba. When she became pregnant, he tried to cover up his sin by requesting Bathsheba’s husband come home in hopes he would sleep with her. When this attempt failed, David had Bathsheba’s husband killed in battle, and then took Bathsheba as his wife (See 2 Samuel).


The Punishment of God

It is clear that David had sinned, and sinned greatly. He broke two of the 10 Commandments, do not commit adultery and do not murder. For those not familiar with this part of the Bible, David was severely punished for his sin.


God’s punishment is captured in 2 Samuel 12,


“Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house…out of your own household I am going to bring calamity upon you. Before your very eyes I will take your wives and give them to one who is close to you, and he will lie with your wives in broad daylight. You did it in secret, but I will do this thing in broad daylight before all Israel.”  

2 Samuel 12:10-12 


This punishment came to pass in 2 Samuel 15:13, when David’s son, Absalom, rebelled against him and then slept with his father’s wives (See 2 Samuel 16:20-23). On top of this, despite David’s pleads with God, the child Bathsheba conceived died shortly after birth (See 2 Samuel 12:13-18).


I know that this is all incredibly sad to read. It would appear David’s life, reputation, and legacy is ruined. Yet, we also know that the Son of God (Jesus), came from King David’s line. So amongst David’s sin and punishment, there was hope and blessing.


God’s Grace + Blessing

Despite the mistakes in David’s life, God brought goodness and blessing out of the ashes of David’s sin.


“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”  

Romans 8:28 


Shortly after the death of their first son, David and Bathsheba conceived again, and they named him Solomon. Yep, you know the one…King Solomon.



Solomon took the throne after David’s death, and went on to build the Temple of the Lord in Jerusalem, establish a strong army, and become the wisest and richest king EVER in the history of Israel.


“So King Solomon became richer and wiser than any other king on earth.”  

1 Kings 10:23 


It’s interesting that despite adultery, the murder of Bathsheba’s husband, and then the death of their child…it is from David and Bathsheba’s line that God chose to enter Jesus Christ into the world.



This just proves that even when we sin, and while we might be punished in some form, God will never abandon us! Stay with God, he is our source of redemption and blessing.




Over to you! Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Tiffany Nicole

Tiffany Nicole

Tiffany created Lavender Vines as a place to share her love for Jesus and adventures from around the world. She has a slight obsession with salted caramel lattes, Japanese kimonos, and an ongoing love affair with NYC and Paris.

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