2 Sam 11-12, 1 Chron 20
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Oh man, David has been such an example of a “man after God’s own heart” (Acts 13:22.) THEN, BAM…..he begins a journey that will FOREVER change history. Unfortunately, we see man’s true nature in David that exists in ALL of us.
I am sure some part of this story will catch your heart, jump off the page at you. If it does, I would LOVE to hear from you…either in an email to me or even on the portion of the blog intended for comments. The comment section can be very beneficial for each of us so we can all learn from each other. What touched you today??
We are first told the time of year….SPRING. This is significant in these times because spring was/is the harvest of the barley and wheat in Israel. There would be very little rain during this season. This was the usual time when men in Israel went off to war…no massive rains, no muddy roads, no heavy clouds….much easier to move the troops, transport the weapons and chariots. Plus with the fruit of the harvest they would all have plenty to eat.
The next thing we are told is that David “remained” behind. RUT ROW!! At that time Kings WENT TO WAR!!! Why didn’t David go this time? He abandoned his purpose by choosing to stay home from way!! Maybe he got a big head and thought since he had been in so many battles that as the “big king” he didn’t need to go with his men. So….Joab, his Commander in Chief, went alone with the men. Do you remember Abner? Joab got revenge on Abner for killing his own brother (in self defense) back in 2 Sam 4. Joab’s actions were in direct disobedience to the Lord (Abner was in Hebron, a City of Refuge) and David should have dealt with Joab’s disobedience. But David obviously was becoming desensitized to sin. WE can become desensitized to sin in our lives too and simply begin ignoring things that really need to be dealt with. When we are desensitized it is easy to slip into DENIAL (and I am not talking about a River in Egypt!!) Anytime we stay out of the Word, fellowship, prayer, and obedience … we open ourselves up WIDE to be desensitized….denying the signs…and willingly jumping off the high dive into sin that is WAY over our head and definitely beyond our strength to handle. And, often we are so desensitized that we don’t even know we are doing anything wrong.
I’m sure you have all heard this story before about David and Bathsheba. Interesting that she was named BATHsheba <<<smile>>> So what can we learn from all of this?
What were some of the signs that David was opening the door and inviting sin to come in? Could he have done anything differently?
David was BORED!! NOTHING good comes from being bored or having time to waste (not talking about needed rests). He was used to being in battle…fighting all day….strategizing in the early morning…and sleeping at night unless he was on guard!! When we are bored what do we do?? We drink, eat, watch stuff, gossip, meddle, inquire, some people ship lift, do drive by shootings, and the list goes on and on…If we keep busy doing the Lord’s work “thy will be done” we would be busy all the time simply by accomplishing the mission God has set before us. What does David do in his boredom? He got up from his bed and “cruised the roof.” And “to WHAT to my wondering eyes should appear..” but a beautiful naked lady on her roof top taking a bath. David COULD have STOPPED looking, gone back to bed and forced himself NOT to allow his lusts to take over. HE FOCUSED ON HIS OWN DESIRES.
BUT NOOOOOOO…….David then INQUIRES and finds out she is the WIFE of one of his loyal faithful men — Uriah the Hittite. KNOWING this he could have stopped out of respect for one of his men.
David SENDS someone TO BRING HER TO HIM!! RUT ROW!! The “boy” jut DOVE RIGHT in, no thinking, no reasoning, no praying….just going for what HE wanted!! I had a minister who once said you DON’T make life’s had decisions when you are in the MIDDLE of them. To further explain this statement he gave an example of a young girl/boy dreaming of dating “Mr/Ms. Right.” He said you don’t WAIT until you are in the back seat of the car to try to figure out if you’re going to “go all the way.” Our senses are on OVERLOAD and chances are we will not make the best decisions in the “heat of the moment.” HOW true is that!!! NO, we can’t ALL figure out what our next move in life is before it happens. However, there are SOME things that we KNOW will happen. As a Christian who really wants to live for The Lord, we can NOT wait until we are on a date before deciding if we are going to sleep with someone. God’s Word tells us not to have sex outside of marriage. YES, our God is a forgiving God, but our CHOICES have CONSEQUENCES…what if you become pregnant and the guy isn’t who you thought he was? It really doesn’t take a lot of time to figure out what God’s Word says about things. One of the things we KNOW, is that HE NEVER promises that life will be easy; but HE does PROMISE HE will always be with us!! So if we KNOW life is not going to be easy and we are going to face trials, WHAT IS ONE DECISION WE CAN MAKE TODAY ABOUT HOW WE WILL FACE THESE TRIALS CAN CHALLENGES? We can decide NOW that we will do our very best to live the way God wants us to live. We can decide NOW that we will maintain a positive attitude pleasing to the Lord regardless of what we face. There is a young man who goes around ministering to people. He was born without arms and legs. Listening to him will make you laugh and cry and teach you some deep things of the heart. In case you want to take a look at a video of him speaking you can go to http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=bQ0UFbU2tFU&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DbQ0UFbU2tFU His website is: http://www.attitudeisaltitude.com/
He wasted no time in sleeping with her then sent her back home. We are told “now she was purifying herself from her monthly uncleanness.” The reason we are told she had purified herself was because she had just finished her period and could NOT have been pregnant by Uriah!! Bathsheba was pregnant and now the story really gets rolling. HE SINNED DELIBERATELY!! First, he KNEW what God expected of him….he had been living it all of his life!! Second, he had enough wives to KNOW what was coming… heavens!!
NOW…he begins to involve other people in his sin to COVER IT UP. Poor Uriah, he had NO idea that David had slept with his wife. David was trying to TRICK/DECEIVE Uriah in to going home so he could BE with his wife. Only one problem, Uriah was a man of integrity who quietly refused to return home. He felt there was NO way he could return to the comfort of his home and his wife’s arms while all the men, and his commander, were sleeping at the entrance of the palace guarding the ARK. David thought if he could send Uriah home, Uriah would have sex with his wife THEN Uriah would assume it was his child. Uriah would not budge.
I am sure David was insulted that Uriah would not listen to him and return home. So what happened next? David had Uriah murdered…premeditated murder!! David involved Joab to help him COVER up his sin by taking Uriah to the front line then LEAVING HIM THERE!!!
David placed Joab and Bathsheba in very difficult situations. He was working so hard at covering up his sin he didn’t notice the situations he was putting them in!! If Bathsheba had refused to come to the King and sleep with him, she could have been killed!! Joab being the Commander in Chief would have never questioned his King as to WHY he was doing this, he simply obeyed. Joab was guilty of murder by following David’s orders (guilt by association.) and Joab had NO clue what all had gone on. David had DECEIVED both Uriah and Joab in an attempt to cover up!!
Once people found out what happened…. imagine the example this set for all his wives, his children, Bathsheba, JOAB, and all of his kingdom??
CHOICES HAVE CONSEQUENCES …. Eventually the sin was exposed 2 Samuel 12:9 and consequences began to unfold in verses 10-14. And, the consequences were far reaching 2 Samuel 11:17; 12:11, 14, &15.
A quote in James sums up this whole scenario
When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. (James 1:13)
We are no different from David when we are tempted by sin. Look at the many opportunities he had to STOP his choices and see how you may apply them to your life. One of my favorite quick prayers when I am afraid I am stepping in too deep to something is from “The Lord’s Prayer” and I say: “LORD IN HEAVEN, LEAD ME NOT INTO TEMPTATION BUT DELIVER ME FROM EVIL RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW…IN JESUS’ NAME I ASK THIS.”
David’s one bad step, actually his ONE look at a woman’s beauty was a sin for him, it went into an innocent question, and then spiraled completely out of control. Sound familiar…. it does to me as painful as it is to admit. The more he tried to cover it the more he was sinning, and the deeper his hole became. Then the consequences became HUGE and impacted an entire nation. Verse 10: “Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house” and as we read this week, we will see the horrible events that will follow. TO THIS DAY there is NO PEACE for Israel. Thank heavens that we have Jesus as our Lord and Savior who gives us the peace that passes understanding!! Unfortunately, our world will never know true peace until HE comes again. Watch the news…check the maps I have given you…look at what is happening just in the Middle East…and then there is Korea, Russia, and all the natural disasters happening at an unprecedented rated all over the globe.
God sent Nathan to David. You realize if David had not listened or refused to hear him, Nathan could have died for telling David what the Lord had said. I have to give it to David at this point. Although he became angry at first which is not unusual when we are coming out of denial and dealing with our own self-righteousness, David listened. He did not stop Nathan (or worse), and David confessed and repented in verse 13. The Lord forgave him immediately!! WHAT A MIGHTY GOD WE SERVE!!
God does forgive us. However, forgiveness does not erase the consequences of our sin. (OUCH!!!) David’s son from the affair died. God did bless him and Bathsheba with Solomon. And we see how Joab INSISTS that David get his bottom into the field or else “he will conquer and name the city after himself.” I am sure by now Joab had figured out everything behind Uriah and we see a bit of Joab’s insistence/persistence come out. The Psalms we will read tomorrow were written at this moment in David’s life, if you want to feel the heart of what David was going through, read tomorrows’ Psalms right now. You can hear the actual prayers of his repentance to the Lord. And through this calamity you will also feel his Love for the Lord as He lifts this guilt from him.
Chronicles 20 — tells us about the wars that were happening during this time but tells us nothing about David, Bathsheba, and Uriah. Interesting–eh?? Recall the purpose of the book of Chronicles: it is the History of the Israel nation. God’s purpose for His people. Chronicles is about True Kingship and Worship of the Lord.
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