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2 Samuel 11:26 – 12:13a


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2 Samuel 11:26 – 12:13a


By Lois Parker Edstrom

Some of the stories in the Old Testament are difficult to understand, even for adults. Today’s lesson is about King David who was a great and famous king, but he made some bad decisions.

Some of the things he did are unspeakable, so we’ll just say he made very bad choices and God was displeased with him.

The good part of the story is that King David realized that he had done terrible things and he felt ashamed and guilty. He wanted to be forgiven. He said, “I have sinned against Yahweh (the Lord)” (12:13).

God forgave David, but there were serious consequences caused by David’s bad behavior.

Let’s try to understand the meaning of this big word: consequences.

Because David did terrible things, this caused other bad things to happen. Events that happen as a result of bad behavior are called consequences. God forgave David, but David couldn’t erase what he had done.

You may have experienced consequences in your own life. Perhaps you were unkind or untruthful or… The person you hurt may forgive you, but you still know that you were hurtful.

Sometimes your mother or father may need to take away some of your privileges or something you really like to do to help you remember how to make better choices.

Correcting bad behavior is a sign your parents care about you and love you, just as God loved King David.

Scripture quotations from the World English Bible

Copyright 2012, Richard Niell Donovan