How the mighty have fallen!
Scripture reading for March 30: 2nd Samuel 11-14
In my years in the church, I have witnessed a number of moral failures. Many of these have been in ministry and were men and women of God who had powerful ministries and were great people of influence in the church and community. Those in ministry have caring hearts and are often the target of Satan. Satan knows that if he can get a man or woman of God to compromise, he has a good opportunity to trip up many in the church as well. These moral failures were often a result of pride, success, and lack of accountability.
In today’s reading, King David decides to stay home from the battlefield and take a break. He’s about 50 years old at this time, has had great success, and is looked upon as God’s anointed leader. While resting at home, he sees his neighbor’s wife bathing and sends for her. They have a sexual encounter and she conceives a child. (2nd Samuel 11:4-5) When David is notified, he sends for her husband, Uriah. David hopes to have Uriah spend time with his wife but the plan fails as Uriah has made a vow of abstinence while his army is fighting. King David sends Uriah back with orders for Joab, his army commander, to have Uriah killed in battle.
Sin always takes one farther than they want to go! David’s failure to restrain his passions brought an unwanted pregnancy. David essentially had Bathsheba’s husband murdered. (2nd Samuel 11:25-27) David then married Bathsheba. This turn of events displeased the Lord! Sin never makes God happy and its pleasure is passing for those involved!
What lessons are here for us today? First, sexual sins are always deadly! David’s son, Solomon, also born to him through Bathsheba, wrote about sexual sin and adultery in several places in Proverbs. (Proverbs 5-7) God’s Word warns us that we must not commit adultery! When we do, we violate a sacred union. God has joined the man and woman together as one in flesh and spirit. They are a picture of Christ and His bride, the Church! (Ephesians 5: 31-32) When we separate what God has joined together, we open the door to violence between the parties involved. (Malachi 2:15-16) David was moved on by Satan to have Bathsheba’s husband murdered. Bathsheba’s grief is mentioned as well. Not only that, but the child that was conceived died as a consequence. More death and grief result from a short time of stolen pleasure! Oh that we would learn from God’s Word and avoid all the death and grief!
Check your own heart today in this area of sexual lust and sexual sins. Have you been looking at things you should not be looking at? Have you entertained temptation rather than resisting it? Are you emotionally involved with someone who is not your mate? Flee temptation today and turn to the Lord for forgiveness and help! David’s own advice can be found in Psalm 32: 1-6!