HC#42 – 2 Samuel 12:15-25
This is the aftermath of the David and Bathsheba story. Nathan promised the child of adultery would die. David was forgiven, but the child was taken by the Lord. As any parent who has lost a child knows, a hard, hard time. We see while the child is sick unto death, David spend the whole time in prayer, because God may have shown mercy. David pleaded for that mercy, but it was not given. So David goes and worships after cleaning himself up. A godly response.
But what concerns us is specifically David’s answer to his servants in verse 23. David knows that the child cannot be brought back to life by his prayers or his fasting. Man cannot raise the dead, and God had been the one who took the child. Human effort does not restore people to life. Death still has to come to man. That is just a fact of life. This body will die. It is not meant to last forever as is. A time comes, a different time for all of us, and we die. Yet, that is not the end of the story as David tells the servants. “I shall go to him, but he will not return to me.” David knows that he will see that child again in heaven. The child shall not return to earth, but the child lives in heaven. David shall go there one day, and be reunited. But that reunion takes place in the life to come not in this life on earth. Our death is not a payment for sin. Jesus has done all of that. But it is still the doorway which we pass through on the way to life eternal. And we must all pass through it.
Praise God today for those in heaven. Those who have died in Christ before you, and take comfort and joy that you will see the saints of the Lord face to face after your death. A small part of the comfort in both life and death. Praise the Lord. Amen.