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In 2 Samuel 11&12 we read of David's sin, his attempt to cover that sin, the murder of Uriah, God's indictment and judgment of David pronounced by Nathan the prophet, David's repentance then death of the 7 day-old baby. Although David prostrated himself, fasting and asking the Lord to spare the sickly child, judgment had been pronounced and the baby died. The following passage is the only reference I am aware of that gives information concerning the destiny of newborns. "And he said, While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept: for I said, Who can tell whether GOD will be gracious to me, that the child may live? But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me." (2 Samuel 12:22-23) We know from scripture that ours' is a loving and merciful God. Our Lord loved little children stating "But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 19:4). However, I personally believe He was giving an analogy, speaking of the humble and trusting, child-like faith one must have in order to enter the kingdom of heaven. Most interpret and I would also like to think this passage indicates that upon his death, David would be reunited with his son in paradise. However, looking at the passage objectively can we conclusively determine this is the case? Was he simply speaking of the grave/physical death? Was it the interim spiritual afterlife or the eternal state after receiving resurrection bodies?
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