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The Story in Review- Chapter Twelve
Chapter 12 is the climactic revelation of why David is a man after God’s own heart. When confronted with his sin (specifically that of adultery with Bathsheba and murder of Uriah) and then when informed of the consequences of such (the death of a son and the rebellion of one which will include sleeping with his father’s wives in public even as David had slept with another man’s wife in private) David did not seek to justify his sin nor blame God for too harsh of judgment. Rather, David confessed his sin, repented and praised God for his justice and mercy.
David sought to honor God with a home, as King he had become wealthy beyond the dreams of a shepherd and resided in the finest place Israel had to offer, yet God’s home was still a ‘tent.’ While David was informed that he would not be given the honor of being the one to dedicate the temple David continued to reveal that heart after God’s own by getting supplies and workers ready to do the work when the time came. That time was coming in the form of the one to follow David on Israel’s throne, his son Solomon.