David, A Godly Sinner? (8/13/17)
King David defeated the giant Goliath, was used by God to write about 1/3 of the Psalms, and is described by God as "a man after his own heart" (1 Samuel 13:14). However, King David also committed two of the most serious sins, adultery and murder! We can learn from David's victories as well as his shocking failures.
I. We must avoid being in the wrong place at the wrong time (2 Samuel 11:1).
God has serious warnings for us in His Word in regard to idleness. When we ignore our various duties and responsibilities, we often end up being in the wrong place at the wrong time. God does not allow us to be tempted beyond our capacity to resist and always provides a way of escape (1 Cor. 10:13). One way out for King David? To be off at war as most kings were at this time of year! Idleness warning = 2 Thess. 3:6
II. We must flee the evil desires of youth (11:2-4; 2 Timothy 2:22).
11:2a - Why was David on the roof of his palace? Apparently he could not sleep?
From the roof of his palace, he saw Bathsheba bathing. What was going on here??
First, B. was not doing something lewd or inappropriate, ie - like some sleazy hottie sun bathing on a public beach topless! In this setting, it was common for folks to bathe on their rooftops which were generally private places out of view from neighbors.
However, King David's palace would have been higher than any nearby homes.
Its far more likely that King David knew exactly what he was doing up on his roof, that there would be a good chance he would see exactly what he saw. Would he have been aware of his neighbor's wife, B. and her beauty? Sure. This was not an innocent act!
(Guys watching Kings cheerleaders at games?) Lust = intentional thots of marital intimacy w/someone who is not our spouse! (Cp. Jesus in Matt 5:27-28)
- 1st, David was not at war as he should have been, idle at home.
2nd, David went up to the roof to lust after B. bathing on her rooftop.
3rd. David sent for her. Could she have resisted? Sure and risked death!
And where was B.'s husband, Uriah? Off at war where David should have been!
- David has sex w/B. How many wives + concubines did David have already?
At least 6 wives, and numerous concubines (1 Chron 3; 2 Sam. 5:13).
- King David had become blinded by his power, fame, success. He had shown signs of impulsive, reckless behavior. Cp. incident w/Nabal in 1 Sam. 25:33-34. David was going to slaughter all their men because of Nabal's insult to him and his men!
- We all must accept reality that even godly men and women can also commit any sin.
Actually, all of us cont 2 sin. Cp. 1 John 1:8, for believers! All of us fall short of God's holiness, but some sin has more severe consequences than others, lust vs adultery!
- God provides way of escape, but also we must condition our minds and actions to flee sources of lust, evil desires, cp Prov. 5:8, avoid path leading to door of adultress!
Or temptation of coveting? Avoid window shopping! Going online to shopping sites!
- God given safe guards, ie. the innocence we are born with. Cp LL saved from several serious sexual advances, temptations in college due to my ignorance, inexperience.
Set up by dorm guys in room next door!