2 Samuel 11 – IT’S EASY!

David: A Man’s Man, God’s Man


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· Why do you think that sexual sin is so prevalent, even among Christian men?

· Why did God include the story of David and Bathsheba in the Bible?

We return to our study of David.

David, who killed the giant, Goliath, with a stone and a slingshot…

David who was called a man after God’s heart…

David who often walked with God…

David who was the sweet psalm singer of Israel…

David who wrote many psalms including The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want…

However in 1 Samuel 11 we find a picture of a side of David we’d like to forget. We’d like to forget David’s dark side, because we are capable of having one too!

There are some things mentioned in this chapter that David found to be easy. These same things, if we are not careful, we will find to be easy as well.

· David was between 50-55 years old. His kingdom was well established. He had been a king for about 20 years.

· Although some think that David did nothing wrong to stay back, I feel that David would have been wiser to be active with his men.

· What reasons might David have had to stay behind?

· How might have a king’s lifestyle made David a little soft or lazy?

· Although salvation is free, Spiritual warfare is work!

2 Timothy 2:3-4 – Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. [4] No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.

1 Timothy 6:12 – Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

Ephesians 6:10-11 – Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. [11] Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

· What are some indicators that we are getting lazy as Christians?

· Why is getting lazy in the Christian life dangerous?

IT’S EASY TO LUST – Vss. 2-3
· Vs. 2 – David’s sin was not taking a nap in the heat of the day. He probably had a tent on the top of the palace where it was cooler. I think it might have been a common practice.

· Bathsheba was bathing. Was she to blame at all for David’s sin? How can Christian women help men avoid lust?

· Vs. 3 – How do we know that David was guilty of lust, and what subtle message do you think the servant might have been trying to convey with his answer about Bathsheba’s identity?

· What do you think of the statement, “It’s okay to look, just don’t touch?”

Matthew 5:27-28 – Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: [28] But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

· What are some practical ways to avoid the sin of lust?

1 Corinthians 10:12-14 – Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.

· Scripture does not dwell on this sin like they would in the movies. David simply gave in and did it. As a man with many wives and concubines, he had heightened sexual interest. It was easy for him to take the next step.

· The more we dwell on committing a sin the more likely we are to take the next step. Why?

James 1:13-15 – Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: [14] But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. [15] Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

· Vs. 5 – What can we always count on when we sin?

Numbers 32:23 -…and be sure your sin will find you out.

Colossians 3:25 – But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.

· How do we know that God loved David?

· What would have been the best way for David to handle the pregnancy?

· Vss. 6-8 – Why do we, like David, choose to cover things up?

· Vss. 9-13 – At this point in David’s life, Uriah showed himself to be a better man than David? How?

· What truth(s) about God was David choosing to ignore?

· Vss. 14-15 – David went to extremes to cover up sin. Why should this concern us?

· Vss. 16-24 – The saddest thing about this cover-up is that innocent people were adversely affected. This should be “food for thought” for us.

· Vs. 25 – David was guilty of another sin here. What was it?

IT’S EASY TO LIVE A LIE – Vss. 26-27
· What lie was David living?

· In what ways do many Christian men live lies?

· What is the thought provoking conclusion to this story?

· How should this chapter affect us?