The Prophet's Reproof
There is one thing about the Bible distinctly different
from every other book--its honesty. Although David was king and his own
family succeeded him for generations, nothing prevented the full details
of his misdeeds in respect to Uriah and his wife. The wrong is as fully
exposed as though the King had been a menial of the lowest class.
The Prophet of the Lord was sent directly to the King by
Divine command. He made a parable showing the injustice, and asked what
would be the just decision. King David was angry, and asked the name of
the unjust man that he might be punished. God's Prophet fearlessly
declared, "Thou art the man!" Humbly, the King confessed his sin
to the Lord. He had already seen his horrible mistake, but its portrayal
intensified the wrong. He wept and prayed before the Lord in sackcloth and
ashes for forgiveness.
In this respect David was a man after God's own heart.
Every time he was overtaken in a fault and snared by his own weakness, he
confessed, reformed and sought forgiveness.
God accepted King David's penitence and restored him to
His favor; but this did not prevent his suffering punishment for his wrong
course. "Whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth."-- Job 5:17;
Proverbs 3:11,12; Hebrews 12:5,6.
The honesty of the Bible is exemplified in both the Old
Testament and the New. We are told of Abraham's mistakes-- "the
friend of God." We are also told the faults of the Apostles. The
noble St. Peter was so overcome with fear that he denied his Master three
times with oaths. We are told of St. Peter's dissembling before Jews and
Gentiles. We are told that St. Paul, the Apostle that took the place of
Judas, was once the cruel Saul of Tarsus, who authorized the stoning of
St. Stephen, and was very injurious to the early Church. Of St. Peter and
St. John we read: "They were ignorant and unlearned men." No
other book in the world manifests so great honesty or deserves the same
confidence as the Bible.
"The LORD Is My Shepherd"