I am aware that today is not the 25th of July; but due to computer problems I was unable to post on Friday and I really don’t want the text in II Samuel 11 to be missed because it has so much to show us.
In II Samuel chapter 11 we see David, a man after God’s own heart, making some grave decisions that lead to disastrous results. As we look at this story of David and Bathsheba it is a stark reminder that any one of us is capable of almost anything when we let sin creep in our lives. David did not wake up one morning and decide to become the murder of one of his prized military men (Urriah). This was something that began with a simple sin and that sin escalated. Romans 6:12 tells us that we are not to let sin “Reign in our mortal bodies” because we would become a slave to that sin. The verse goes on to say “…that you obey its lusts thereof…” Sin, when let in just a little takes a mile as the old cliche says. My friends, if this could happen to David, it can most definitely happen to us. I believe that this is why we have this story recorded; it is written for an example to us and a reminder that we cannot handle sin in our lives, sin destroys. The root of David’s sin, I believe, was pride and we need to watch pride in our lives. The pride that says “I would never do that..” can destroy us. The pride that lets us involve ourselves in things that may tempt us because we believe that we are at a higher standard and cannot be tempted is a dangerous pride. David’s ordeal stair-stepped in severity as we see unfold in the text:
The chapter starts out telling us that it was in the spring time when kings go off to war, but David was in his palace. I would imagine that those around David began to tell him that he was too important to his nation to go out to war and that if he were killed the nation would crumble. At any rate we see that due to pride, David was not where he was supposed to be, he instead was at home in his palace (with all of the women left behind during the time of war I may add). If David were never on that roof top that fateful day he would have never committed fraud, adultery, declension or murder. What seemed to be such a small thing was not a small thing at all. Just simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time. I often wonder if the people of God were in the right place at the right time at all times how much better life would be for us.
Due to David being where he wasn’t supposed to be he looked where he ought not have been looking and things spiraled downward from there. I imagine that David didn’t just glance at the woman in her bath that day. I picture David gleaning a glance, that glance turned into a stare and that stare turned into pacing on his roof contemplating. James 1:14-15 states: “Every man is tempted when he is drawn away of his own lust and enticed. Lust after it has conceived bringeth forth sin and sin when it is finished bringeth forth death.”
Davids pride, location and lust brought him to an all time low in life. The prayer warrior David who was called by God “a man after my own heart” has now committed adultery. Adultery lead to lying, lying led to trickery (bringing her husband home from battle) trickery ended in murder. Oh, what a slippery slope just a little sin brings in our lives! David stooped so low that he had Urriah the Hittite deliver his own death sentence to Joab the general by hand.
My friends we would do well to look at this lesson and “Hide God’s Word in our hearts that we may not sin against Him.”