Oh how I love Tuesdays for they are crazy Bible verse days! Today’s crazy Bible verse comes from 2 Samuel.
“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. But because by doing this you have shown utter contempt for the Lord, the son born to you will die.’” – 2 Samuel 12:13-14
David admits to sinning, but Nathan, the prophet of God, declares that David will not die as a result of this sin, but his son will die. This is what I do not understand about the God of the Bible. God punishes the wrong person so many times. Yes, the death of a child is devastating and I understand that in a way it is a punishment, but is this the best punishment God can come up with for David. David continues to live, but the son is no longer alive. Who is being punished the most? David, the sinner, or his son, who did not commit the sin(s) in question? Surely there is another punishment God can offer David. Too often in the Bible the ones not committing the sin are killed as a punishment for those committing the sin.
Apply this to today’s society to gain a better understanding of how horrible God is. Let’s say my father robs a bank. Instead of him going to prison or being shot by the cops, it’s me, who had nothing to do with the robbing and quite possible wasn’t even in the same town! Will my father suffer as a result of my death? Sure, but did I deserve to die because of my father’s sin? God says I do.