2 SAMUEL 11
2 Samuel 11
IT'S SO EASY
David, who was a man after God's heart, sinned on many occasions. The most grievous of his sins was probably his affair with Bathsheba and the murder of her husband Uriah. David found out just how easy it is to sin and to displease God.
IT'S EASY TO BE LAZY - Vs. 1
Instead of going off to war with his soldiers, David stayed home. He was lax in his responsibilities.
One of the great problems we have as Christians is that we get lazy in our commitments to the Lord. If we do not continue to fight the world, the flesh, and the Devil, we become lazy. 1 Peter 5:8, Matthew 22:37-40, Ephesians 6:10-11
When we are lazy, we are more susceptible to giving in to temptation.
IT'S EASY TO LUST - Vs. 2
I think of lust as natural desire taken to the extreme. We have healthy natural desires, but when they control us, they lead to lust. 1 John 2:15-16, Matthew 5:27-28
IT'S EASY TO LET GO - Vss. 3-4
Lust in the heart is sin, but it also leads to the actual act of sin.
Instead of resisting sin, David let go of any control he had and committed adultery.
It's easy for us to give in to our lusts as well. When we do, it leads to trouble. James 1:13-15
IT'S EASY TO LOOK OUT FOR #1 - Vss. 8-27
David was looking to cover up his sin. As a result, he tried to make it look like Uriah had gotten his wife pregnant. Uriah never went down to his wife when he came home from the battle.
David then had Uriah murdered so that he could marry Bathsheba and make the whole thing look legitimate.
We are capable of doing some pretty low things to keep others from discovering our sins.
IT'S EASY TO LIVE A LIE
David pretended to be living right, when in reality he was living in sin.
Many Christians pretend to be godly when they are not.
It is important to note that in all of this God was displeased. Vs. 27
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You have probably heard the expression about being "in the right place at the right time". That happened to me in high school. A driver's education instructor, walking behind me in the hall, was trying to recruit a person for a driving class the only period I had free to take the course. I turned around and volunteered to take the course. I was in the right place at the right time.
Unfortunately, there are other times in our lives when we are in "the wrong place at the wrong time." Some have been falsely accused of wrong, simply because they were in the wrong place when something happened. There are occasions when we invite problems. because we voluntarily place ourselves in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Such was the case with King David.
HIS PRIORITIES WERE IN THE
David should have been out to war with his troops, instead of home relaxing.
HIS EYES WERE IN THE
When Bathsheba took her bath, David should have turned away, but instead he continued to watch. Psalm 101:3
HIS MOUTH WAS IN THE
He used his mouth to communicate a lustful demand that the woman be brought to him.
HIS BODY WAS IN THE
He committed adultery and Bathsheba became pregnant.
HIS MIND WAS IN THE
David tried to cover up his sin with Bathsheba, trying to get her husband to sleep with her, so he could be credited with the child.
God did not let that happen.
HIS HEART WAS IN THE
He planned the murder of Uriah under the guise of battle, and then took Uriah's wife as his wife. His heart was not right with God.
For the outcome of all of this, see 1 Samuel 12 and Psalm 51.
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HOW TO DISPLEASE GOD
2 Samuel 11:27 - …But the thing that David had done displeased the Lord.
1. DON’T DO YOUR JOB – Vs. 1
2. ALLOW YOURSELF TO BE TEMPTED AND GIVE IN – Vss. 2-5
3. TRY TO COVER UP YOUR SIN – Vss. 6-13
4. DESTROY OTHERS TO PROTECT YOURSELF – Vss. 14-27
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SURVIVORS - DAVID AND BATHSHEBA
"Many couples are united in wedlock in a rosy fog of optimism. Blinded to
the shortcomings, each sees only the other's good points. But as the
excitement of the new marriage wears off, they drift to the opposite extreme
and view these same traits as faults. Someone has called this "reverse
reasoning," giving the following examples:
"She married him because he was 'strong and masculine'
She divorced him because he was a very 'dominating male.'
He married her because she was so 'fragile and petite'
He divorced her because she was so 'weak and helpless.'
She chose him because 'he knew how to provide a good living'
She left him because 'all he thought about was the business.'
He married her because she was 'steady and sensible'
He divorced her because she was 'boring and dull.'"
H.G.B. - Our Daily Bread, June 3,
Okay, let's face it! Many marriages have had their troubles, and many
marriages have ended in divorce. But there are also those who have made it
through some rocky times in their current marriage, and have even had
successful second marriages in spite of failed first marriages. What do you
call people who have a successful marriage in spite of some difficult times?
I call them survivors!
Long before the problems many marriages face today, there were marriages
that had their tough moments in the days of the Bible. One such marriage
with problems was that of David and Bathsheba. They ended up being
survivors. This encourages me that even marriages in trouble have hope!
ROCKY (REGRETFUL) START - 2 Samuel 11
David was a great king, and at this point in his life, fairly mature. He was
about 50 years old.
He was a man "after God's own heart".
It was David who slew Goliath.
It was David who ran from King Saul who wanted to kill him.
It was David who wrote the 23rd Psalm.
It was David who committed the sins listed in this chapter!
What does this teach us? There is not a Christian man or woman who is
beyond the realm of temptation. No matter how godly a person may be, he or
she must always realize that "Save by the grace of God, there go I."
David set himself up for the temptation he faced. First, he had multiplied
wives and concubines (Deuteronomy -17). This made him used to having
almost any woman he wanted. This would have fed on his lusts. When we
disobey God's rules we will also run the risk of further temptation.
Another thing that David did that helped lead to temptation was that he
wasn't doing his job. He had gotten lazy!
Vs. 1 - This laziness placed David in the wrong place at the wrong time.
My friend, physical and spiritual laziness will lead us to temptation as
well. Laziness is really a lack of self-control. Proverbs 25:28, Proverbs
,2 Peter 1:5-7
Many a Christian marriage has failed because a husband or a wife has gotten
lazy either physically or Spiritually.
Vs, 2 - David and Bathsheba's rocky start was a result of David being home,
and after an afternoon siesta, taking a walk on the roof of his house, a
common thing in that day. Bathsheba was bathing perhaps on the roof of her
own house. It was coolest there. The Bible places the blame of the sin upon
David, but Bathsheba did not help, bathing where she could be seen.
David, for his part, should have turned away instead of continuing to look
upon and inquiring about the identity of this lady. Remember what Joseph did
when a lady tried to seduce him? He ran! We must learn to take the "way of
escape". 1 Corinthians David did not take the way of escape.
Vs. 3-4 - David inquired as to the identity of Bathsheba, and found out that
he was the wife of one of his best and most trusted warriors, Uriah. He
committed adultery with Bathsheba.
Vs. 5 - The woman conceived and sent word to David. She was pregnant!
Vss. 6-13 - What does David do? Admit his sin? No, the sweet-psalm singer of
would sleep with his wife, and that it would be assumed that the baby was
Uriah's. Uriah did come home. But he was nobler than the king himself. He
would not allow himself the luxury of sleeping with his wife. David, of
course, asked why. David even got Uriah drunk, but that didn't even send him
home to his wife.
The rest of the chapter tells us about the terribly wicked thing that David
did. He sent a letter back with Uriah to Joab. Joab was told to put Uriah
in the fiercest part of the battle and then retreat from him so that he
would die. David was guilty of murder.
Vss. 26-27 - Notice this - our sins displease the Lord! David's did, and
ours will too. Think of this, most of us do not like to have people upset
with us. That's why so much sin is covered up. But, worse than having
people displeased with us is having God displeased with us.
This marriage was off to a rocky start.
At least the husband, and perhaps the wife was out of fellowship with God.
Both had to live with their guilt.
It is not likely that there would not be good relationships or fellowship
REPENTANT ADMISSION - 1 Samuel 12:1-9,13
The best things to do with covered up sin are deal with it and bear the
David did not deal with his sin until he was confronted with it.
David was miserable however. Psalm 32:3-4
God had Nathan the prophet expose the sin. Nathan had done a great thing. He
confronted David with his sin. Sometimes the best thing we can do to help a
person is to confront them. They will not always respond as graciously as
David did, but we still have the responsibility. Galatians 6:1
David's response is classic. 2 Sam 12:13, Psalm 51, Psalm 32:5
When a marriage has a rocky start the best thing to do is to confess.
Confess to the offended party after confessing to God. It does not mean
trouble will go away. Sometimes, like David, the trouble has just begun.
However it is better to face the consequences with God's help than to face
REASONABLE CONSEQUENCES - 2 Samuel 12:10-12, 14-23
God promises discipline for sin. Hebrews 12:5-6
Vss. 10-12 - And God kept His promise. There was bloodshed in David's
household, brother killing brother. There the rebellion of Absalom and the
commitment of adultery of Absalom with some of David's wives. It was done
Vss. 13-14 - Because of David's confession, God did not make the punishment
worse. He did not die. But, because, David gave the opportunity for the
enemies of God to blaspheme, the child did die. Remember this. David was
forgiven, but he still paid the consequences for his sins. A marriage in
trouble can have the healing touch of God's forgiveness, but there are often
Vss. 15-23 - It is important to note that David prayed for the sick child.
Perhaps God would change His mind. But when God said "no", David stopped
fasting and praying, and worshiped and ate. David accepted the consequences
REMARKABLE BLESSING - 2 Samuel 12:24-25
David and Bathsheba were survivors.
And although they experienced God's chastisement, they also experienced
Vss. 24-25 - It is important to note that David was a supportive husband. He
comforted his wife. Something us men need to do, especially in times of
tragedy. And then God blessed! Another child was born. The child born was
Solomon. And it is interesting to note that God loved Solomon and called
him, "Beloved of the Lord", or Jedidiah.
My friends, here is some big encouragement. When we fail God and are
chastened, it does not mean the end of the world. God in his grace not only
forgives us, even though we live with consequences, but he also will
continue to bless us.
A marriage that got a rocky start can end up being a real blessing. But
there needs to be open dealing with sin, before God and those offended.