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Sentenced To Death

Why was the first son of David and Bathsheba sentenced to death by God?

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2 Sam 12:14 ..because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die.
---a_servant on 6/22/07


I think one way to look at it is that their first son didn't die because he did anything wrong, perhaps with all the turmoil coming to David's house because of his sin God was simply sparing the innocent child AND teaching David a lesson?
---maryj9396 on 6/21/07


1. To punish David
2. To prevent a son born of adultery from ruing God's nation
---a_servant on 6/13/07


David committed adultery with Bathsheba. To cover this sin up, David tried to have her husband killed in battle. David's sin was found out, and because of his contempt for God, the baby born from this illict sexual union died. David responded to Nathan, I have sinned against the Lord.
Then Nathan replied to David, The Lord has taken away your sin; you will not die.
However, because you treated the Lord with such contempt in this matter, the son born to you will die. 2 Sam 12:13-15 (HCSB)
---WIVV on 6/12/07


As far as scriptural references to the larger concept of an age of accountability, there is no "direct" references to this, although there are some anecdotal ones. There is some evidence that God "drew a line" (so to speak) at 20 years of age concerning culpability (reference Numbers 14:29), where all the "adults" were sentenced to death for lack of faith (with two exceptions), while the "children" were allowed entrance into the Promised Land.
---Michael on 6/12/07




There is even scientific support of this is some ways. A National Institute of Health study did an MRI of certain brain areas of children from age 6 on, and found that "...the region responsible for things such as impulse control and moral judgment is the last to mature, sometime in the early 20s, said Dr. Jordan Grafman of the NIH's National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke."
---Michael on 6/12/07


If this finding is true, it would lend credence to the such an "age of accountability", since a just God would be unlikely (in my opinion) to condemn any individual who did not possess the maturity to make fully-formed moral judgments. (Gen. 18:25b "...Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?").
---Michael on 6/12/07


The Acts 2:34 quote is a reference to the fact that David did not bodily ascend into Heaven...it mentions nothing about his soul. Now, as to whether man has an Immortal Soul, or is to be resurrected at some point in the future (for reward or punishment), is another "deep" topic :-)
---Michael on 6/12/07


Wow...big subject for only 85 words. Although the child did die, and one might deduce from that the the child was punished, the punishment was actually on David and Bathsheba...and they no doubt felt the loss much more deeply than the newborn child. By this act, God expressed to David, and to the nation of Israel, his displeasure with this act, and the consequences.
---Michael on 6/12/07


**...the child went to Heaven...** **...in the perfect presentence of God...**

And this is supported where in scripture? That child went to the grave and slept with his fathers, I Kings 2:10, Acts 2:34. He is not in the presence of God, only the Son is.
---Ryan_Z on 6/11/07




II Samuel 12:14 "However, because by this deed you have given occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is born to you shall surely die."

So this sentence of death is only a punishment for David? The one dying does not receive punishment? Yet, when Christ was crucified that death was a punishment, was it not? Did He not bear the punisment of sin which is death? To be put to mortal death is not punishment? To be sent to the grave is not punishment?
---Ryan_Z on 6/11/07


David's father Jesse was an old man, who belonged to the Ephrathah Clan and lived in Bathlehem in Judah. Bathsheba is the daughter of Eliam, and wife of Uriah the Hittite. God said, "Because you wouldn't obey me and took Uriah's wife for yourself, your family will never live in peace. God forgave David. David's son, God took.
---catherine on 6/11/07


Hi Ryan; no I don't think the child was punished for his dad's crime--his dad was punished by losing his baby; the child went to Heaven and so was spared a life of what no doubt could have gotten ugly for him.
---Mary on 6/11/07


"So the child was punished for David's sinful behavior?"
Ryan_Z on 6/11/07
Humm..... how could going to be in the perfect presentence of God be punishment?
The baby was not punished. David was.
And people perish because of a lack of understanding of God and His Word.
---Elder on 6/11/07


Because he was the son of disobedience. Nothing that is ever done in the flesh amounts to anything but death. As long as that child was alive, David was in sorrow. He had a reminder of his sin. But when the child died, he washed and anointed himself, put on his clothes, and pulled up to the supper table. David comforted his wife and the product of that was Solomon. Awesome testimony of the person and work of Christ.
---Linda on 6/11/07


Because he was the son of disobedience. Nothing that is ever done in the flesh amounts to anything but death. As long as that child was alive, David was in sorrow. He had a reminder of his sin and had to watch that sick thing die. It never is very pleasant to watch what we have produced in the flesh wither away to death. But when the child died, he washed and anointed himself, put on his clothes, and pulled up to the supper table. David comforted his wife and the product of that was Solomon.
---Linda on 6/11/07


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Awesome testimony of the person and work of Christ. We can rejoice because the death Jesus died was the death of all flesh. When we appropriate that by faith, our soul is comforted and a new thing in the form of the wisdom of God comes forth.
---Linda on 6/11/07


So the child was punished for Davd's sinful behavior?
---Ryan_Z on 6/11/07


Because David had her husband put on the front lines of the battle so that he would be killed. That way David could have her as his wife. 2 Samuel 11
---Brenda on 6/11/07


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