It’s an old story. A man sees a beautiful woman. Man strategizes how to, ahem, get closer to said woman. But—uh-oh—man finds out she is already married. Enter a belly bump, murder, and a guilty king shooing away onlookers: Move along. Nothing interesting here. Keep moving.
My self-righteousness sighs in relief, “Phew! I’m so glad I could never do something like that.”
In 2 Samuel 11 we learn of David’s eager attempts to cover up his private indiscretions with a public wedding. David has momentarily forgotten God, but God has not forgotten him. Nor does God love him so little that He will leave David alone with his secrets. Through the prophet Nathan, God interrupts the honeymoon, confronting David with these words,
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“I anointed you king of Israel, and I delivered you out of the hand of Saul. And I gave you your master’s house and your master’s wives into your arms and gave you the house of Israel and Judah. And if this were too little, I would add to you as much more” (2 Samuel 12:7b-8, emphasis added).