April 16, 2017

Resurrection Day
Son of God, Son of Man

II Samuel 12:15-18 (NASB)

Then the Lord struck the child that Uriah’s widow bore to David, so that he was very sick. David therefore inquired of God for the child; and David fasted and went and lay all night on the ground. The elders of his household stood beside him in order to raise him up from the ground, but he was unwilling and would not eat food with them. Then it happened on the seventh day that the child died. And the servants of David were afraid to tell him that the child was dead, for they said, “Behold, while the child was still alive, we spoke to him and he did not listen to our voice. How then can we tell him that the child is dead, since he might do himself harm!”

“The LORD struck the son that Uriah’s wife had borne to David, and he became ill…and the son died.”

What an unusual verse for an Easter Sunday message, right? David had an affair with Bathsheba, Uriah’s wife, and she bore to David a son. After the prophet Nathan confronted David with his sin, the Bible says “The Lord struck the son” of David, and he died. What? Why did God judge the son for the father’s sin? A few weeks ago in our 8:00 a.m. service, one of our members told me the tragic story of a new mother who was breastfeeding her baby. The mom fell asleep, and when she woke, her baby was on the ground dead. I contacted the parents. They cried, “Why is God punishing us by taking our baby away? Why?

  1. In the Old Testament, God punished the sin of a man on the son of that man.
    This is difficult for us in a modern, western culture to comprehend or understand. But let me prove it.
    1. Ham sinned against Noah and God punished Canaan, Ham’s son (Gen. 9:24-25).
      We are not sure what Ham did to his naked, drunken father Noah, but when “Noah awoke and saw what Ham had done,” he pronounced a curse on Canaan, the father of the Canaanite people.
    2. The Lord said, “I visit the iniquity of the fathers on the children (Ex. 34:6-7).
      Don’t gloss over this. In the Old Agreement (Covenant), the son of a man paid for his father’s sins.
    3. David sinned with Bathsheba and the Lord struck the son of David.
      If you believe the Word of God, “the Lord struck the son” borne to David for the sin of David.
    4. The people of Israel were well aware God punished the son for his father’s sins.
      Of course, that does not mean people weren’t also punished for their own sins. But when you have an infant who dies in infancy, or an infant borne with a deficiency, where is the infant’s sin? The disciples met a man “blind from birth” and asked the question, “Who sinned, this man or His parents?” (John 9:2). What kind of question is this? The kind asked by people who understand that the Covenant of Law is quite clear that the son of a man is punished for the sins of that man.
  2. Likewise, among the Israelites a deed of courage and honor was credited to the father.
    This is something that we intuitively do even today. We will see someone stellar and ask, “Who is he?”
    1. David killed Goliath and Saul asked, “Whose son are you, young man? (I Sam. 17:58).
      Some say Saul asked this question because he didn’t know David. Not true. Saul knew David. This question was a cultural one. “Your father deserves the praise and glory for your heroic actions.”
    2. Jesus called Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah” (Matt. 16:16-17). – Why? Peter had just correctly identified Jesus as “The Anointed One,” and as was the custom, an honorable action was credited to the father.
    3. Jesus said, “I do what I do that the Father may be glorified in the Son (John 14:13).
      So, grasp in your minds that in the Old Covenant way of thinking, the son of a man was punished for the sins of that man, and the father of a son was glorified for the honorable deeds of the son.
  3. Jesus Christ is both the Son of God and the Son of Man.
    Anyone who takes their marching orders from the Old Testament Scriptures is missing Jesus Christ. Jesus is the “the author and finisher of our faith” (Heb. 12:2). “I want to know Christ” (Phil. 3:10). We know that Jesus is “the Son of God,” born of a virgin. He is Emmanuel, God with us. In HIM, all the fullness of the Godhead bodily dwelt” (Col. 2:9). But why is He called “The Son of Man?” Jesus is the Son of Man, because when He died at Calvary, He bore the judgment of God due my sins.

You can view the video for this sermon HERE.