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Nathans Rebuke Many people are familiar with Davids sins involving Bethsheba that resulted in adultery and murder Though these were dark pages in Davids record they were preserved so that lessons might be learned by those who followed after These lessons to be learned not only came from Davids mistakes but from the rebuke that Nathan gave to David because of his sins Found in 2 Samuel 121-15 Nathans rebuke will serve as the basis for my bible study as well as Gods commitment to keeping his side of the covenant with Israel despite their unfaithfulness In the case of David he could easily see the sin in the man of Nathans story 2 Samuel 125-6 but not in himself It took a direct accusation by Nathan 2 Samuel 127 for David to finally realize that he had sinned This alone shows that David was a man who didnt like to come to terms with his own faults He knew he was doing wrong but he never looked at it as sinning until it was pointed out to him by others Nathan was very clear in telling David what he did wrong 2 Samuel 129 and in turn David confessed that he had sinned He made his confession personal by saying I have sinned 2 Samuel 1213 and he didnt try to place the blame on Bethsheba or on any other circumstances He didnt even try to spread the guilt to others like Joab Instead he accepted the full responsibility of his own sins To me this showed that David did have a conscience and that the sins had been slowly eating away at him He saw the true nature of his guilt that he had been feeling and finally came to terms with it After David had confessed his sins he was immediately forgiven because the proper conditions had been met Once the forgiveness was complete Nathan said Now the Lord
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