David! How could you do such a thing. What on earth were you thinking? Isn't it just like God to use our mistakes (and those of others) to help us learn? We can learn so many things from this failure of King David:
As you read this account of King David, don't miss the end of verse 23 (chapter 12 of 2 Samuel). You will have to go to your Bible to find it but it's well worth the trip. David knows his dead son is in heaven and one day David will be able to go to his son. Some think it means David knows one day he will die as well. I think it means more than that.
We learned in the last chapter that David wanted to build a place for The Ark of the Covenant which represents God's presence. Even though God said that would be for one of his sons to do; David accumulates masses of riches to be used in the Temple and encourages the people to help.
Oh, and isn't it interesting that God blessed David and Bathsheba's union in spite of the sin? God truly forgave David and allowed Bathsheba to be the mother of the next king, the wisest of all kings, Solomon.
I love The Story...knowing God's upper story is slowly bringing us back to the Garden. And I am so glad that no matter what I do, I can't mess that up.
God bless you!