I Have ANOTHER question (#3)


Leviticus 20:10 “If a man commits adultery with his neighbor’s wife, both the man and the woman who have committed adultery must be put to death.”

So why were David and Bathsheba not stoned for their adultery?  In fact, this punishment was not even mentioned in the rebuke from God through Nathan the prophet.  Of course, the child died and there were other terrible consequences that effected many people.  Can we legitimately infer anything about why God didn’t have Nathan follow through with the original consequence?  And more importantly, does anyone else see the grace of God working alongside the law (truth) of God?

Giving shout-outs for some specific insightful bloggers, but also invite any others who might have some thoughts to weigh in on this one:

Beyond the Map

Cookie Crumbs to Live By

From the Inside Out

I Sing Because I’m Free

Learning to Be Full of Grace and Truth

Patrick Hawthorne



Tolle Lege

The Recovering Legalist

Truth in Palmyra

Virtual Vitamins

(And if you haven’t checked out these sites, I recommend you do!)

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Author: dawnlizjones

Tends toward TMI, so here's the short list: guitar and banjo (both of which have been much neglected as of late), bicycling (ibid), dogs, very black tea, and contemplating and commenting on deep philosophical thoughts about which I have had no academic or professional training. Oh, also reading, writing, but I shy away from arithmetic.

9 thoughts on “I Have ANOTHER question (#3)”

  1. Dawn,
    I have just recently started following your blog, and I love it! You and I are so similar! I am also a Christian, I love dogs, and I’m learning to play the banjo! You have so many wonderful thoughts and you do inspire! I love hearing about what God has laid on your heart to write about. God definitely led me to your blog! I can’t wait to read more from you!

    P.S. Good question! Maybe David was spared stoning so that he could write the Psalms, including the one about repenting of your sin to God (Psalm 51). And you want to hear something neat? I just read Psalm 51 today for my devotional a couple hours ago. Isn’t it great how God works?

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  2. This is just my humble opinion, but what David received was much worse than a stoning. He lost two sons because of his one sin. I believe you are right in the grace aspect though. At the same time, I agree with Mitch. But, we must also remember that this sin was hidden from the rest of the world in the form of a series of lies.

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  3. Hi Dawn!

    I have some thought very briefly. First, they are not original to me, but what some reading has shown. But, they make sense. I think Mitch and Patrick both sort of touched in it very well.

    Remember, the law governing stoning of adulterers was for the people, and administered by the people. Very important were some conditions found elsewhere in Leviticus. This is the fact that for this justice to be administered, the offense had to be supported by the witness of 2 or 3 more. Seen..observed…witnessed.

    Who saw this other than God. Many may have suspected, but I doubt any had first hand proof of this offense. Simply, it may have not met proper conditions.

    Why didn’t God execute them? Well, He is …Him. I think Dawn your point about grace is important, much in the same way Jesus showed that to the woman caught in adultery. Heck, if God had killed every adulterer in the congregation, a bunch would likely have been quite dead, much like they would today.

    Thems my two cents.

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