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HOW THE MIGHTY HAVE FALLEN – DAVID AND BATHSHEBA

II SAMUEL 11-12; PSALMS 32 AND 51

I am sure you all recall the scandal which engulfed President Clinton a few years ago. It involved a liaison with a young intern called Monica Lewinsky. Some of the details were quite lurid and the press had a field day for a time. Yet 3000 years ago another leader, just as powerful as Clinton, had a similar situation engulf his kingship. There were no tabloid press around in those days and the those who did record the details saw fit not to include the sordid details, as such. Turn back with me to 2 Samuel 11 and 12 and let us look at this incident in the life of king David. The story is no doubt familiar to us all. After the story of Goliath this is probably the most commonly known incident in the life of David. Right at the very start of this sermon I want to remind us again who David is. He is God’s chosen, called and anointed king of Israel. This is the man of whom God said ‘he is a man after my own heart.’ This is a chosen man of God. This is not some wicked or debauched man but a man whose heart was after God’s. A man who would pen some of the most beautiful words of praise of God ever written. The man who knew God intimately and deeply. Remember this as we go through the text today.

There are four simple lessons or principles I think we all can learn from this incident:

SIN ALWAYS DECEIVES

SIN ALWAYS DESTROYS

SIN IS ALWAYS DISCOVERED

CONFESSED SIN IS ALWAYS FORGIVEN

SIN ALWAYS DECEIVES.

Before we enter into this point turn back with me to Deuteronomy 17 and verses 16-17. God in his Law says there are three things a king is not to do:

(a) He is not to multiply the number of horses he owns.

(b) He is not to multiply his gold and silver.

(c) He is not to multiply the number of wives he has – because his heart will be turned away from God by them.

Now David obeyed the first two but on the question of wives and concubines David disobeyed God. 2 Samuel 5.13 we read that David took many wives and concubines. Many years before this incident with Bathsheba David had sown the seeds of his own downfall. Remember that friends. The seeds which you plant in your heart and life today will bear fruit many years from now – maybe 10 or 20 years from now – and that fruit will either be good or bad – depending on the seed you plant now. Now what is true of your life is also true of the lives of the children God has blessed you with. So think about what you are planting in their lives and what fruit it will bear in their adulthood. But that is an aside at the moment.

Let us come back to David. David knew from God’s law he was not to have many wives and concubines but he desired to be like other kings. No doubt he justified it to himself that he had won many battles and he had obeyed God in all these other areas – he deserved this little perk of being king. The result was disaster not only in the life of David, but in his family and in the nation of Israel. Let us see how this played out in his life.


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