North Glencoe Baptist Church
Week #4 / Thrones & Consequences
Join us as Pastor Matt preaches on the sermon series "Thrones & Consequences." Recorded LIVE on Sunday, June 28, 2020.
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    1119 Chastain Blvd, Gadsden, AL 35903, USA
    Sunday 10:00 AM
Thrones and Consequences
2nd Samuel 12:26-31
Chapter 10
David started a war with the Ammonites after they had humiliated some servants that David had sent to them to console the new King after his father had died. This new King got some bad advice and he decided to shave half of David’s servant's beards and send the servants back to David.

So David sends Joab to wage war against the Ammonites. Joab defeats the Ammonites here and they flee to their capital city of Rabbah.
Chapter 11
Vs 1 ​Joab goes back to Rabbah from Jerusalem to finish off the Ammonites while David stays home. Again as we have said in past weeks, this is not typical of a King and in this atypical decision, we see David’s 1st step towards a massive failure.

The rest of this chapter goes on the cover the affair with Bathsheeba, the murder of her husband Uriah and the cover up, David’s confrontation of his sin with Nathan, and the beginning of his sin’s consequences being played out.

Vs 27-28
Keep in mind that Joab is David’s nephew and in chapter 11 when David told him to facilitate the murder of Uriah there was no contest to the King but now Joab says “gather the rest of the people together and encamp against the city and take it, lest I take the city and it be called after my name.”​ He is ready to be done with this war and he is ready to move on. ​Joab pushed David into returning to battle by saying, “I’ll take all the credit to myself if you don’t come and finish this war.” Joab struggled for more than a year to conquer Rabbah,
and the victory only came when David got things right with God.
There was an unseen spiritual reason behind the lack of victory at
Rabbah.

David’s sin at home had hindered Joab’s good success abroad, and
slowed down the conquest of this city Rabbah, which now is ready to
be taken because David was reconciled to God.
It would have been extremely disrespectful and treacherous for Joab
to proceed without the King. People would have seen the obvious
friction there. But Joab gives David the chance to seal this victory and
he does.
vs 29
This was the final phase of David’s restoration. He went back to
doing what he should have done all along – leading Israel out to
battle, instead of remaining in Jerusalem.

David ravishes the city and takes all of its spoils including the 75
pound golden crown. ​David was in victory once again. David’s sin
didn’t take away his crown. Had David refused the voice of Nathan
the Prophet it might have. Because David responded with confession
and repentance, there was still a crown for David’s head.

This story is the connecting point and finishing touch on the sin and
restoration of David that moves us into chapter 13.

As we said, in this story, David goes back to doing what he should
have been doing all along: leading Israel into battle, not sitting in
Jerusalem. In the times where David sought himself and selfish pleasures,
destruction was imminent. When David returned to seeking the favor of God and living in God’s will, He was restored.
Sometimes God refines his children with trials to strengthen our faith
and to teach us ​(James 1:2-3)

And other times, God directly corrects us for Living in and pursuing
our sin and our self rather than Him. And in this story, David messes up big time. David is confronted with his sin. He confesses his sin. And David
repents and seeks God again.

At Rabbah David was in victory once again. His sin did not condemn
him to a life of failure and defeat. There was chastisement for David’s
sin, but it did not mean that his life was ruined. There was, and as
you see in chapter 13, there will continue to be consequences to
David’s sin, but that did not mean that his life was over.
David’s sin did not mean that God was through with him. God gives
grace to his anointed because David’s heart was realigned with God
again. God’s restoration of David here in no way indicates His
approval of sin. It does magnify the grace that He shows to us as well
as the importance of confessing our sins and repenting from our sins.
And because of this Grace, we should keep running to the Father.
Because of the grace and forgiveness of God, Your sin doesn’t mean
you’re worthless. Your sin doesn’t mean that you’re expired. You’re
sin doesn’t mean that you can’t be restored.

God is good. God is just. God is merciful. And He can and will use
anyone from any background with every past and every mistake
made. The driving point is how we have moved on from our sin and how our
heart is realigned with the things of God.
When David sought the forgiveness of the Father, when David repented, the Father forgives and restores.

"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to
cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:9)

And this story shows us what happens when we move forward after our sin and after our repentance, and we live and walk in the restoration life that God gives. Augustine said this about the fall of David: “David’s fall should put those who have not fallen on their guard, and save from despair those who have.”