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II Sam 12:1-14

A CONSCIENCE TRAPPED BY A PARABLE

May 7, 1967


HERE IS THE CRISIS TURNING POINT IN THE LIFE OF THE GREAT KING OF ISRAEL * DAVID

David had stumbled into Satan's snare and God had to recapture his attention and love. The same snare is destroying more lives in America, year after year- getting worse. We need to observe carefully every detail of how God dealt with David, and realize how much better it will be for us if we never fall into Satan's snare-

I. GODS TRAP * HOW TO CATCH A KING

When God sends His servant on a manhunt, He needs a big trap, a wounded man is dangerous

A. THE PARABLE* HOW TO CATCH A KING, AND TRAP HIS CONSCIENCE * The Lord sent Nathan- pushed?

  • This was a dangerous thing for Nathan to do- John the Baptist lost his head this way-
  • Nathan used a parable- filled with motive appeals, trigger words, emotional stimulus-
  • God shouldn't use tricks? We declare war on God, lie, cheat, steal then give him rules to fight by?

B. THE TRAP WORKED, DAVID JUMPED IN WITH BOTH FEET AND DECLARED HIS JUDGMENT"

  • "As the Lord liveth" -(5) the man who tries to hide his life from God asks him to witness!
  • "The man shall surely die" -(5) David gives a deliberate wrathful decision- for the other guy
  • God often judges a man by his own judgments (Matt 7:2) and by our own mouth (Matt  12:37)

C. NATHAN SPRINGS THE TRAP "THOU ART THE MAN" II Sam 12:7a

  • David's heart was hardened by his sin it would take the cold splash to awake dormant conscience
  • These words like the steel jaws of a bear trap shocked David awake- but stunned him silent.
  • What does it take to prick your conscience? What does God have to use to get under your skin?

Paul said he would be all things to all men, by any means to win some- what do you take?

II. GODS LOVE* HE TRAPS A GUILTY SINNER TO SHOW HIM MERCY AND LOVE

While David was stunned silent, Nathan delivered God's message - judgment, then mercy

A. GODS PATIENCE HAD REACHED ITS END AND HIS LONG SUFFERING, PERMISSIVE WILL WAS OVER!

  • "Thus sayeth the Lord God" - look at what all I have given you- wealth, power, kingdom v.7
  • God even permitted David to have many wives- Anne would have permitted even more two- 8
  • But David was not satisfied- lusted, stole, adultery, murder, betrayed a faithful officer- 9

B. GOD'S JUDGMENT CRUSHES DAVID COMPLETELY, REMOVING JOY, PRIVILEGE, HONOR AND LIFE-

  • God gave him no hope of peace for his Kingdom- 10- and later, no hope to build temple!
  • God declared that his sin would become the personal curse of his family - 11 his wives mocked
  • David had done sin in secret (Israel knew)- God would judge in public- Luke 12:2,3, Psalms 51

C. GOD'S MERCY GIVES DAVID A SECOND CHANCE; HE WAS TO HAVE THE SECOND BEST

  • David's first words to Nathan- and to God- humble before Nathan and God- I have sinned
  • God "thou shalt not die (13) - the child shall die" (14) before it was over David wished to die.
  • The rest of the punishment was still left verses 10 through 12, sin leaves its bitter sore!
  • David showed himself a real man- a Noble man- and- a godly man-, but he was broken till resurrection.

III. THE DEVIL'S SNARE LEFT A HURT- Satan snares to kill-

God captures your heart to save you, but Satan roars- seeking whom he can devour first Peter 5 verse eight

A. WE NEED TO BE WARNED BY THE MESSAGE THAT GOD SENT TO DAVID- Beware Satan's trap- you can't hide from hard facts.

  • Some of our finest have been devoured by Satan first Corinthians 10 versus 12 through 13 take heed
  • We are constantly assaulted by the world- flesh- devil - an you can't ignore or deny it.
  • We are betrayed from within- our church- nursing would be OK- seduction is not- 

B. IF GOD DID NOT SPARE DAVID, WHY DO WE THINK THAT HE WILL SPARE US? THIS IS WISHFUL THINKING!

  • We are wealthy, we have more good things than all history- body, soul, spirit- it is not enough !
  • But if you crash into David's in- you can expect isolation, ostracized, counted as dead!
  • If you repent and want help- I can help you little, comfort- but the scars will be there!

C. HOW CAN WE ESCAPE THE DEADLY SNARE FOR THE SOUL THAT SATAN HAS CAST OUT?

  • Resist the devil- fight him James 4:7; Flee youthful temptations II Tim 2:22-- If you can't fight- then run!
  • Make no provision for flesh Romans 13:14; put on Jesus Christ- I Tim 2:8,10 -modesty?
  • Fill your soul with good things Phil 4:8; and keep body busy with good works- James 1:27

BUT WITH SATAN ON THE LOOSE * 1/4 OF YOU WILL BE CAUGHT, AND ALL WILL BE HURT BY THIS

Do you want a Lord that demands and expects purity?- Then take Jesus as your savior
Do you want a church that holds to the moral standards taught in the Bible?- Help this one
Most importantly -quietly in your heart- if you don't want David's sores- determine with all you have that you will be faithful to serve the Lord in purity!