God is a just and fair God. Those who have sinned against you shall reap their just reward for their wickedness and evil, disobedience and treacherous acts. Even those in Christ who turn their backs on God’s Word and teachings, will not escape His punishment. No amount of prayers or scripture quoting, attending church or tithing will help them to go unpunished. Brothers and Sisters to know that what you do is wrong according to God’s Word, and to still proceed and do it to please man (which is idolatry or idol worship) or to please oneself is SIN! We do not get the luxury of cherry-picking what scripture we will or will not obey. We are expected to Follow All of God’s instructions found in our guidebook— The HOLY Bible.
We can look at David, known to us in scripture as a man after God’s own heart. But David, despite his Love of God sinned to please his flesh by murdering Uriah, a soldier in David’s army after David had impregnated Uriah’s wife Bathsheba. King David was a whoremonger who took many wives and concubines. In killing Uriah, King David commits a third sin and breaks a third commandment — to satisfy the lust of his flesh (the 6th, 7th and 10th commandments — thou shalt not kill; thou shalt not commit adultery; and thou shalt not covet anything that is thy neighbor’s, in this case Uriah’s wife Bathsheba).
In committing this multitude of sins, David has abandoned God’s Laws handed down by Moses, forgets his place, his responsibilities to God and to his subjects, and starts a love affair with Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah the Hittite – one of his Mighty Warriors. David’s wickedness in his heart and spirit are so contemptuous it blinds him to the filthy stench of himself. For after learning he had impregnated Uriah’s wife, he sought to cover it up thinking as man, that God did not know his wretched sin. He called Uriah back from battle and in a sly and conniving manner, ordered him to go home and “rest,” with the intent that Uriah would sleep with his wife and that way the child David had sinfully conceived, could be considered Uriah’s. But the loyal, unsuspecting Uriah refused to go home but his loyalty to David as his protector had him sleeping on the ground outside David’s palace to guard David from attack. When David heard that his treachery had failed, he became furious after several attempts to get Uriah to go home, so he ordered him to the frontline of battle (as a military leader Uriah would not be on the frontline) so that David’s enemies would surely kill him in battle. Remember, God sees and knows all and is watching David sink deeper and deeper into his sin. This time his plan works! Uriah is killed but David, in his further wickedness does not mourn Uriah, but flippantly refers to his death as an outcome of being in war. David later takes Bathsheba as his wife.
The Bible follows on to share in 2 Samuel 12-23 where Nathan, the messenger of God is sent to rebuke David: “The Lord sent Nathan to David. When he came to him, he said, “There were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor. 2 The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle, 3 but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him.
4 “Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who had come to him.”
5 David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, “As surely as the Lord lives, the man who did this must die! 6 He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity.”
7 Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man! This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. 8 I gave your master’s house to you, and your master’s wives into your arms. I gave you all Israel and Judah. And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more. 9 Why did you despise the word of the Lord by doing what is evil in his eyes? You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife to be your own. You killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. 10 Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house, because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.’
11 “This is what the Lord says: ‘Out of your own household I am going to bring calamity on you. Before your very eyes I will take your wives and give them to one who is close to you, and he will sleep with your wives in broad daylight. 12 You did it in secret, but I will do this thing in broad daylight before all Israel.’”
13 Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.”
Nathan replied, “The Lord has taken away your sin. You are not going to die. 14 But because by doing this you have shown utter contempt for[a] the Lord, the son born to you will die.”
15 After Nathan had gone home, the Lord struck the child that Uriah’s wife had borne to David, and he became ill. 16 David pleaded with God for the child. He fasted and spent the nights lying in sackcloth[b] on the ground. 17 The elders of his household stood beside him to get him up from the ground, but he refused, and he would not eat any food with them.
18 On the seventh day the child died. David’s attendants were afraid to tell him that the child was dead, for they thought, “While the child was still living, he wouldn’t listen to us when we spoke to him. How can we now tell him the child is dead? He may do something desperate.”
19 David noticed that his attendants were whispering among themselves, and he realized the child was dead. “Is the child dead?” he asked.
“Yes,” they replied, “he is dead.”
20 Then David got up from the ground. After he had washed, put on lotions and changed his clothes, he went into the house of the Lord and worshiped. Then he went to his own house, and at his request they served him food, and he ate.
21 His attendants asked him, “Why are you acting this way? While the child was alive, you fasted and wept, but now that the child is dead, you get up and eat!”
22 He answered, “While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept. I thought, ‘Who knows? The Lord may be gracious to me and let the child live.’ 23 But now that he is dead, why should I go on fasting? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him, but he will not return to me.”
Brothers and Sisters, here David murdered a man due to his lustful, sinful nature. Though God forgave him, God still had to punish David for God is a just God and free of sin. David could not go unpunished for his many sins. There is a recompense for our sins and we all shall pay. You cannot take Holy Communion if you have sinned against another. You must go to them and seek their forgiveness and right your wrong. Those who inspired and conspired with you to commit sin and break God’s law will also be severely punished. From the adulterous husband or wife, to the spouse who filed divorce with no Biblical grounds or basis to do so, to the covetousness in your heart, for your lying (in tithe offerings, on taxes, applications, in misleading others, to deliberately or to escape responsibility lying to achieve your goals or escape punishment or to cast oneself in a more favorable light or to deceive for your own benefit), for murderous thoughts or acts, for bearing false witness, for stealing (and using), for adultery (both physical, emotional and mental), for idol worship (putting anything, anyone, or any traditions or culture above God and His Law/Word), etc.
There is and WILL BE a price to be paid! Because we serve a righteous God and we cannot sin knowingly and seek forgiveness AFTER we knowingly sinned and did it ANYWAY and expect God to let it slide!!! 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽