Monday, March 25, 2024

March 25, 2024

Most of you know the story of David and Bathsheba. David was resting and lounging around while his men went out and fought in a war. He spotted Bathsheba bathing while standing on his roof; he inquired about who she was and found out she was married to Uriah, one of his brave soldiers. Even so, he sent for her and ended up sleeping with her. She sent a message to David saying she was pregnant. David, trying to cover up his sin, called for Uriah and gave him rest from his duty, hoping he would go home and sleep with his wife because he had been at war and they hadn’t been together for a long time. Uriah refused to go home and be comfortable while the other soldiers were still fighting. Since that didn’t work, David sent him to the front line, instructing Joab to pull back so Uriah would be killed. Sadly, Uriah died in that battle. After a short time of mourning, David sent for Bathsheba, and she became his wife. God was not pleased with what David had done. 

We can see from this story that one sin, the lust of the eyes, can lead to more sins: adultery, lying, murder, and probably others. Not only that, but he caused Joab to sin because he pulled the army away from Uriah, causing him to die in battle. Let’s not forget that Bathsheba sinned, too, by not resisting David’s advances. God didn’t stop loving David, but his sins did not go unpunished, as we will see in the next chapter. Learn self-denial, control your thoughts, and do not act on sin because it will inevitably lead to more.

And when the mourning was over, David sent and brought her to his house, and she became his wife and bore him a son. But the thing that David had done displeased the LORD. 2 Samuel 11:27

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