Summary: This sermon deals with what can happen when me let looking at an attractive woman lead to more than just looking.
Don't Let Birds Build Nests in Your Hair
1 It happened in the spring of the year, at the time when kings go out to battle, that David sent Joab and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the people of Ammon and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem.
2Then it happened one evening that David arose from his bed and walked on the roof of the king's house. And from the roof he saw a woman bathing, and the woman was very beautiful to behold.
3So David sent and inquired about the woman. And someone said, "Is this not Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?"
4Then David sent messengers, and took her; and she came to him, and he lay with her, for she was cleansed from her impurity; and she returned to her house.
Today we continue our series on the Life of David.
Let's set the stage for today's Bible events.
David is living in his palace in Jerusalem.
According to 2 Samuel 5:4-5, he's about 38 years old.
2 Samuel 5:4-5 David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years. 5 In Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months, and in Jerusalem he reigned thirty-three years over all Israel and Judah.
David has built up a large family.
2 Samuel 3:2-5 Sons were born to David in Hebron: His firstborn was Amnon by Ahinoam the Jezreelitess; 3 his second, Chileab, by Abigail the widow of Nabal the Carmelite; the third, Absalom the son of Maacah, the daughter of Talmai, king of Geshur; 4 the fourth, Adonijah the son of Haggith; the fifth, Shephatiah the son of Abital; 5 and the sixth, Ithream, by David's wife Eglah. These were born to David in Hebron.
David's first wife Michal is also among his wives now.
That's David's family when he moved to Jerusalem.
However, David adds more women to his harem in Jerusalem.
And David took more concubines and wives from Jerusalem, after he had come from Hebron. Also more sons and daughters were born to David.
Obviously, David had an eye for women.
He has disobeyed God's word.
Deuteronomy 17:14-17 says
"When you come to the land which the LORD your God is giving you, and possess it and dwell in it, and say, 'I will set a king over me like all the nations that are around me,' 15 you shall surely set a king over you whom the LORD your God chooses; one from among your brethren you shall set as king over you; you may not set a foreigner over you, who is not your brother. 16 But he shall not multiply horses for himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt to multiply horses, for the LORD has said to you, 'You shall not return that way again.' 17 Neither shall he multiply wives for himself, lest his heart turn away; nor shall he greatly multiply silver and gold for himself.
2 Samuel chapter 8 tells us David fought wars
with the Philistines, the Moabites, the Syrians,
the Ammonites, and the Amalekites.
Conquering those tribes brought much wealth to David's kingdom.
Chapter 11 opens by telling us 1 It happened in the spring of the year, at the time when kings go out to battle, that David sent Joab and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the people of Ammon and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem.