|2 Samuel 12:7-12 |
7 And Nathan said to David, "You are that man. Thus says the Lord God of Israel, 'I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you out of the hand of Saul;
8 And I gave you your master's house, and your master's wives into your bosom, and gave you the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would also have given to you even more.
9 Therefore you have despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in his sight? You have killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and have taken his wife to be your wife, and have slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon.
10 Now therefore the sword shall never depart from your house because you have despised me and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.
11 Thus says the Lord, Behold, I will raise up evil against you out of your own house , and I will take your wives before your eyes, and give them to your neighbor, and he shall lie with your wives in the sight of this sun.1
12 For you did it secretly; but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun.'"
1 Because David had taken another man's wife and killed the man, the Lord said to David: I will raise up evil against you out of your own house. From David's own house the following evils occurred: 1) his son Amnon raped his own half-sister Tamar and was then murdered by his son Absalom, 2) his son Absalom led a revolt against his father, seeking to kill him, declaring himself king, and 3) another son Adonijah declared himself king in opposition to Solomon's succession. And I will take your wives before your eyes, and give them to your neighbor, and he shall lie with your wives in the sight of this sun. Absalom erected a tent in plain sight of all of Israel, and went in to lay with them all; this was to strengthen Absaloms followers by them knowing how angry David would supposedly become.
This is a great example of how the Lord can, when if fits with his plans for those chosen by him, move even evil men around to his purpose without violating their free wills. And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to his purpose. Rom 8:28. The world is a gigantic chess board with billions of pieces, effortlessly moved to the Lord's purpose. (See Life's purpose for more.)