David And Nathan

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Starting with the account of King David and Urriah the Hittite and the Prophet Nathan

2 Samuel 11:1-27; 12:1-15

2Sa 11:1  And it came to pass, after the year was expired, at the time when kings go forth to battle, that David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the children of Ammon, and besieged Rabbah. But David tarried still at Jerusalem. 2 And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king's house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon. 3 And David sent and enquired after the woman. And one said, Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite? 4 And David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in unto him, and he lay with her; for she was purified from her uncleanness: and she returned unto her house. 5 And the woman conceived, and sent and told David, and said, I am with child. 6 And David sent to Joab, saying, Send me Uriah the Hittite. And Joab sent Uriah to David. :7 And when Uriah was come unto him, David demanded of him how Joab did, and how the people did, and how the war prospered. 8 And David said to Uriah, Go down to thy house, and wash thy feet. And Uriah departed out of the king's house, and there followed him a mess of meat from the king. 9 But Uriah slept at the door of the king's house with all the servants of his lord, and went not down to his house. 10 And when they had told David, saying, Uriah went not down unto his house, David said unto Uriah, Camest thou not from thy journey? why then didst thou not go down unto thine house? 11 And Uriah said unto David, The ark, and Israel, and Judah, abide in tents; and my lord Joab, and the servants of my lord, are encamped in the open fields; shall I then go into mine house, to eat and to drink, and to lie with my wife? as thou livest, and as thy soul liveth, I will not do this thing. 12 And David said to Uriah, Tarry here to day also, and to morrow I will let thee depart. So Uriah abode in Jerusalem that day, and the morrow. 13 And when David had called him, he did eat and drink before him; and he made him drunk: and at even he went out to lie on his bed with the servants of his lord, but went not down to his house. 14 And it came to pass in the morning, that David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent it by the hand of Uriah. 15 And he wrote in the letter, saying, Set ye Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retire ye from him, that he may be smitten, and die. 16 And it came to pass, when Joab observed the city, that he assigned Uriah unto a place where he knew that valiant men were. 17 And the men of the city went out, and fought with Joab: and there fell some of the people of the servants of David; and Uriah the Hittite died also. 18 Then Joab sent and told David all the things concerning the war; 19 And charged the messenger, saying, When thou hast made an end of telling the matters of the war unto the king, 20 And if so be that the king's wrath arise, and he say unto thee, Wherefore approached ye so nigh unto the city when ye did fight? knew ye not that they would shoot from the wall? 21 Who smote Abimelech the son of Jerubbesheth? did not a woman cast a piece of a millstone upon him from the wall, that he died in Thebez? why went ye nigh the wall? then say thou, Thy servant Uriah the Hittite is dead also. 22 So the messenger went, and came and shewed David all that Joab had sent him for. 23 And the messenger said unto David, Surely the men prevailed against us, and came out unto us into the field, and we were upon them even unto the entering of the gate. 24 And the shooters shot from off the wall upon thy servants; and some of the king's servants be dead, and thy servant Uriah the Hittite is dead also. 25 Then David said unto the messenger, Thus shalt thou say unto Joab, Let not this thing displease thee, for the sword devoureth one as well as another: make thy battle more strong against the city, and overthrow it: and encourage thou him. 26 And when the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband was dead, she mourned for her husband. 27 And when the mourning was past, David sent and fetched her to his house, and she became his wife, and bare him a son. But the thing that David had done displeased the hwhy.

2Sa 12:1 And 
hwhy sent ta-Nathan unto David. And he came unto him, and said unto him, There were two men in one city; the one rich, and the other poor. 2 The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds: 3 But the poor man had nothing, save one little ewe lamb, which he had bought and nourished up: and it grew up together with him, and with his sons; it did eat of his own meat, and drank of his own cup, and lay in his bosom, and was unto him as a daughter. 4 And there came a traveller unto the rich man, and he spared to take of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress for the wayfaring man that was come unto him; but took ta-the poor man's ewe lamb, and dressed it for the man that was come to him. 5 And David's anger was greatly kindled against the man; and he said to Nathan, As hwhy liveth, for a son of death is the man that hath done this: 6 And he shall restore ta-the ewe lamb fourfold, because he did ta-this thing, and because he had no pity. 7 And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith hwhy Elohim of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul; 8 And I gave thee ta-thy lord's house, and ta-thy lord's wives into thy bosom, and gave thee ta-the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things. 9 Wherefore hast thou despised the word of hwhy, to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the sons of Ammon. 10 Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken ta-the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife. 11 Thus saith hwhy, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take ta-thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun. 12 For thou didst it secretly: but I will do ta-this thing before all Israel, and before the sun. 13 And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against hwhy. And Nathan said unto David, hwhy also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die.

The judgment that King David made was from the Torah regarding

Exodus 22:1

Exo 22:1 If a man steals a bull, or a sheep, and slaughters him, or sells him; shall repay five bullocks for the bull, and four lambs for the sheep.

Just because David was given mercy by 
hwhy that he would not die does not mean that the judgment would go unpunished. But King David added a judgment that was not in the verse in the Torah:

...for a son of death is the man that hath done this...

King David had to restore fourfold himself for what he did, thus the four would be dead as well, but the question is "How was that fulfilled"?

I have yet to hear anyone revealed this answer. These are the four lambs to be repaid:


2 Samuel 12:14 Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to ta-the enemies of hwhy to scorn, the son also that is born unto thee dying he shall die. 15 And Nathan departed unto his house. And hwhy struck ta-the lad that Uriah's wife bare unto David, and it was very sick. 16 David therefore besought ta-The Elohim for the young one; and David fasted, and went in, and lay all night upon the earth. 17 And the elders of his house arose, and went to him, to raise him up from the earth: but he would not, neither did he eat bread with them. 18 And it came to pass on the seventh day, that the lad died. And the servants of David feared to tell him that the lad was dead: for they said, Behold, while the lad was yet alive, we spake unto him, and he would not hearken unto our voice: how will he then vex himself, if we tell him that the lad is dead? 19 But when David saw that his servants whispered, David perceived that the lad was dead: therefore David said unto his servants, Is the lad dead? And they said, He is dead.

Notice in verse seventeen that it says the baby boy died on the seventh day. According to the basis of Toraic law and ancient culture, if the baby boy survived unto the eighth day, David and Bathsheba would have to take it to the priests to have it circumcised, and they would have to give the baby a name, as Joseph and Mary did in the Gospel of Luke chapter two. But David and Bathsheba bore the child through their act of adultery, and they would have maintained their defilement as long as the baby was alive- the fruit of their defilement. If 
hwhy allowed this baby to stay alive,  the male baby would live in the sins of their parents throughout his life and would have been evily reputed by the people. It was hwhy's grace and mercy that the boy died before he was circumcised and given a name for David and Bathsheba's sake.

David and Bathsheba's newborn son: "The First Lamb" to die.


2 Samuel 13:11 And when she had brought them unto him to eat, he took hold of her, and said unto her, Come lie with me, my sister. 12 And she answered him, Nay, my brother, do not force me; for no such thing ought to be done in Israel: do not thou ta-this folly. 13 And I, whither shall I cause ta-my shame to go? and as for thee, thou shalt be as one of the fools in Israel. Now therefore, I pray thee, speak unto the king; for he will not withhold me from thee. 14 Howbeit he would not hearken unto her voice: but, being stronger than she, forced her, and lay with her. 15 Then Amnon hated her exceedingly; so that the hatred wherewith he hated her was greater than the love wherewith he had loved her. And Amnon said unto her, Arise, be gone. 16 And she said unto him, There is no cause: this evil in sending me away is greater than the other that thou didst unto me. But he would not hearken unto her. 17 Then he called ta-his young man that ministered unto him, and said, Put now this woman out from me, and bolt the door after her. 18 And she had a garment of divers colours upon her: for with such robes were the king's daughters that were virgins apparelled. Then his servant brought her out, and bolted the door after her. 19 And Tamar put ashes on her head, and rent her garment of divers colours that was on her, and laid her hand on her head, and went on crying.

Tamar's brother, Arnon, had a sick "perverse" love for his sister and schemed to have her come into his room, pretending he was sick, and have her feed her. Then Arnon capitalized on her and had sex with her, losing her virginity. Though Tamar did not physically die, Amnon "killed" her virgin status and thus became defiled for the rest of her life.

Tamar: "The Second Lamb" to die.


2 Samuel 13:28  Now Absalom had commanded his servants, saying, Mark ye now when Amnon's heart is merry with wine, and when I say unto you, Smite Amnon; then kill him, fear not: have not I commanded you? be courageous, and be valiant. 29 And the servants of Absalom did unto Amnon as Absalom had commanded. Then all the king's sons arose, and every man gat him up upon his mule, and fled.

This account occurred two years later after Arnon defiled Tamar. Absalom revenged his sister's defilement by Arnon, by having him go with Absalom, pretending to have him help sheepshearing, but instead, Absalom, had his men kill his brother.

Amnon: "The Third Lamb" to die.


2 Samuel 18:9 And Absalom met the servants of David. And Absalom rode upon a mule, and the mule went under the thick boughs of a great oak, and his head caught hold of the oak, and he was taken up between the heaven and the earth; and the mule that was under him went away. 10 And a certain man saw it, and told Joab, and said, Behold, I saw ta-Absalom hanged in an oak. 11 And Joab said unto the man that told him, And, behold, thou sawest him, and why didst thou not smite him there to the ground? and I would have given thee ten shekels of silver, and a girdle. 12 And the man said unto Joab, Though I should receive a thousand shekels of silver in mine hand, yet would I not put forth mine hand against the king's son: for in our hearing the king charged thee and ta-Abishai and ta-Ittai, saying, Beware that none touch the young man Absalom. 13 Otherwise I should have wrought falsehood against mine own life: for there is no matter hid from the king, and thou thyself wouldest have set thyself against me. 14 Then said Joab, I may not tarry thus with thee. And he took three darts in his hand, and thrust them through the heart of Absalom, while he was yet alive in the midst of the oak. 15 And ten young men that bare Joab's armour compassed about and smote ta-Absalom, and slew him. 16 And Joab blew the shofar, and the people returned from pursuing after Israel: for Joab held back ta-the people. 17 And they took ta-Absalom, and cast him into a great pit in the wood, and laid a very great heap of stones upon him: and all Israel fled every one to his tent.

This was at the battle in the woods of Ephraim. As the story goes Absalom was losing the battle and was chased while riding a donkey but his long hair got caught on the branches of the tree. Joab and others killed him there.

Absalom: "The Fourth Lamb" to die.

These "Four Lambs" were David's repayment for the death of Urriah, the Hittite according to the Prophet Nathan.

This was a revelation and a half.

I pray that this has been a blessing to you.

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