“And the Lord sent Nathan to David” (v1). God’s character of righteousness and love meant that He could neither ignore David’s sin nor simply reject David himself. Being full of mercy, the Lord sent the prophet Nathan to preach truth (through a parable) and give David a chance to repent. Though the natural consequences of adultery and murder were severe (v9-12), David’s confession, “I have sinned against the Lord” (v13), opened the way to forgiveness.
“The man who has done this deserves to die” (v5). King David deserved death, as we all do, but God is rich in mercy and reaches out to us in love, giving us the chance to repent.