This morning, as we were reading in 2 Samuel, it started out as “just a story”. It’s a good story, learning more of David who was often referred to as a “man after Yahweh’s heart”. He is someone I love to read about, to be honest. David was powerful, righteous and had a way with words that were just beautiful. Can you just hear David playing the lyre or harp, singing his praises to Yahweh?
It’s easy to do when you are at the top, right?
Let’s remember that David wasn’t always righteous…like that time he submitted to his earthly, fleshly desires? Hmmmm…it started with pornography, really. Ancient times type of porno.
And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king’s house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon. (2 Sam 11:2 KJV)
Can you just think for a moment just how “creepy” it was for David to WATCH Bathsheba take a bath? Peeping Tom, much, David? But, that was the draw of sexual desire. Like I said, it was an ancient form of pornography.
And, that sin of lusting after Bathsheba in his heart, coveting Uriah’s wife, led David to do much worse. Murder, lying, adultery…
It’s at this time we need to think back on the Torah. I like to call the 10 Commandments the “cliff’s notes to Torah”. It’s a great way of seeing the basics of following Yahweh. In those 10 commandments, it’s pretty specific that we aren’t to covet our neighbor’s stuff. Like his house, his belongings, his car, his WIFE. (see Exodus 20:7) Why? Well, that desire to have what our neighbor has can lead us to do some pretty crazy stuff.
Back to David and Bathsheeba. David wanted this woman so bad, that he had his messenger to and get her to bring her to David’s bed. One has to wonder what Bathsheeba thought of this at the time. Was she a willing party to sleeping with David, thus committing adultery? Did David give her gifts, or get her drunk, or make promises to prosper her if she slept with him? Did David force himself on her? No, the Bible leaves that part out, but I still wonder about HER side of the story.
So, now, David gets Bathsheeba pregnant.(2 Sam 11: 5) She obviously knew it was David’s, since her own husband was out fighting the war. What does our hero do? He tries to get Uriah to sleep with his wife, making it look like the child was his own. As if the man couldn’t count to 9. However, Uriah was much more righteous than David was at this time. Uriah refused to have sex with his wife, or take the night off, so to speak, when the men he was fighting with couldn’t do the same. (2 Sam 11:11)
That didn’t work, so David had Uriah sent to the front of the battle. He was to be placed strategically, so that the others fighting with him would leave him alone, and Uriah would be killed. Yo’ab, the leader of David’s army apparently was upset at being commanded to do this, because David’s messenger sent these words to him:
Then David said unto the messenger, Thus shalt thou say unto Joab, Let not this thing displease thee, for the sword devoureth one as well as another: make thy battle more strong against the city, and overthrow it: and encourage thou him. (2 Sam 11:25 KJV)
Basically, David was saying to Yo’ab…”Hey, it’s all good. Men die in battle and one is just as good as another. No biggie, not your fault. These things happen.”.
THEN, after her days of mourning for Uriah, David takes Bathsheeba into his house and takes her as a wife. Their son was born, probably not too long after. Did all the house of David know that the child was HIS, or did they think he was just a great guy, taking a women who was pregnant with another man’s child? Again, not important details, but I wonder…
Yeah, what David did was EVIL. In 27 verses, David went from doing the will of Yahweh, to doing what was evil in Yahweh’s eyes. It took less than a year for him to do this. What would have happened if David had NOT fallen to that original watching of Bathsheeba bathing? Would he have lusted after her, slept with her, impregnated her? If David had turned from watching this woman on the rooftop, would he have been drawn to commit murder?
Oh, how easy it is for us to fall victim to sin!! One sin can easily lead to another, then another, then another. Before you know it, our lives are torn apart. Pornography, lusting after another, can be so dangerous. It can tear a kingdom apart.
Who are the real victims of this story? Well, Bathsheeba for one. She was the one who was innocently bathing on the rooftop. Uriah was the husband who was cheated on and murdered. The child Bathsheeba bore to David died. And yes, even David. He became a victim of sin. Once he got on that sin train, it was hard to stop.
But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.” (Genesis 4:7 KJV)
And so it is with all of us. We must learn to run from sin, run hard and fast away from it. What is sin? Sin is transgression of the law. (1 John 3:4) In order to keep from sinning, we MUST follow Yahweh’s laws, or Torah. That was given to us, NOT for salvation, but BECAUSE of our salvation. The Torah is how we know HOW to love Yahweh with all our hearts, minds and might. It’s how we know how to worship HIM by not placing other gods before Him, not taking His name in vain and keeping His Sabbath holy. It’s HOW we love our neighbor as ourselves. It’s there to keep us from coveting, lying, cheating, murdering.
And when we sin, we can be assured that He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins.(1 John 1:9) THAT is a promise. All we need to do to grab a hold of this promise of forgiveness is to repent. Turn from that sin today, and follow after Yahweh’s heart.