Tag: 2 Samuel 11-14

How the mighty have fallen!

Scripture reading for March 28: 2nd Samuel 11-14

2 Samuel 11:2-4 “It happened, late one afternoon, when David arose from his couch and was walking on the roof of the king’s house, that he saw from the roof a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful. And David sent and inquired about the woman. And one said, “Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?” So David sent messengers and took her, and she came to him and he lay with her.”

In my years in the church, I have witnessed a number of moral failures.  Many of these 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 others as well.  These moral failures were often a result of pride, success, and lack of accountability.

King David decided to stay home from the battlefield and take a break.  While resting at home, he saw neighbor’s wife bathing and sent for her.  They had a sexual encounter and she conceived.  (2nd Samuel 11:4-5)  When David was notified, he sent for her husband, Uriah.  David hoped to have Uriah spend time with his wife but the plan failed as Uriah has made a vow of abstinence while his army was fighting.  King David sent Uriah back with orders for Joab, his army commander, to have Uriah killed in battle.  This turn of events displeased the Lord!  Sin takes us further than we want to go!

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!

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