Summary: Have you ever ended up in a condition or situation that just boggled your mind. You couldn’t understand how you ended up here. You did everything you thought was right yet your marriage ended up in divorce court, your child ended up in jail, you fou8nd
“How did I get Here”
Pastor M.L. Maughmer, Jr.
SCRIPTURES:- Psalms 51, 2nd Samuel 11 – 12.
FOCUS VERSES:- Psalm 51:16-17:- “For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give [it]: thou delightest not in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God [are] a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise”.
The purpose of this passage of scripture gives us the insight of what David felt after he had been confronted by Nathan after he (David) had committed adultery, conspiracy to murder, lying, and even theft of another man’s wife.
HISTORY: In 2nd Samuel 11 & 12 you will find the account of what David did and how Nathan confronts him on his actions and the punishment that God says will come his way because of the sin he committed. Psalms 51 is David’s prayer of repentance.
BACKGROUND:- It was the time that the Kings would go to war, but this time David sends Joab and his army but he decides not to go into battle. He stays at his palace while his army is out fighting. His first mistake was that he was out of place. Here is the King of all Israel and Judah and he is taking it easy while his army is fighting. The Bible says one night he rose off his bed and began to walk on his rooftop. While he was walking on his rooftop he noticed Bathsheba bathing in her courtyard. Bathsheba was a beautiful woman; the Bible says “the woman [was] very beautiful to look upon”. She was the wife of Uriah one of the members in his army.
David saw her and desired to have 2nd Samuel 11:4 says “And David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in unto him, and he lay with her; for she was purified from her uncleanness: and she returned unto her house”.
In verse #5 the Bible says “And the woman conceived, and sent and told David, and said, I [am] with child”.
David then begins to try a work a master plan. He has Uriah sent from the battle field back to King David. David ask him how thing in the battle were going Uriah explains to him and David says well go home tonight and relax and be with your wife. In other words enjoy yourself tonight. Uriah refuses to go to his wife when his friends are fighting in a battle and stays the night on the porch of King’s house. The next morning David realizes that Uriah didn’t go and spend the night with his wife, who is pregnant by David. David again tries to hatch another plan of deception and he has Uriah stay yet another night and this time David gets Uriah drunk and tells Uriah to go home to his wife but Uriah refuse to enjoy the pleasures of life when his fellow soldiers are hot in battle, so Uriah spend the night again at the King’s door. When morning comes David realizes that Uriah didn’t go home to his wife. David knows now that his sin is going to be realized. He puts another plan into action and writes a letter to Joab the General of his army and says to place Uriah in the front of the battle and then withdraw from him so he will be killed by the enemy, then he sends the letter back with Uriah. Joab does as the king has requested and Uriah is killed. David then takes Bathsheba has his wife trying to cover up the sin that he had done.
In chapter 12 Nathan comes to David and tells David a story of Rich man and a Poor man. The rich man had many flocks of sheep and the poor man just had one little ewe lamb that he raised as one of his own daughters. When a traveler came to the rich man’s house instead of the rich man killing one of his many sheep he went and took the poor man’s little ewe lamb killed it and ate it. The Bible says as Nathan was telling this story to David that 2nd Samuel 12:5 “David's anger was greatly kindled against the man” and he even went as far as to say the man should die “and he said to Nathan, [As] the LORD liveth, the man that hath done this [thing] shall surely die”.
In verse #7 Nathan looks David right in the eye and says “David Thou [art] the man”. Then he begins to tell David what the Lord God has said.
WATCH THIS;- there are 5 things that Nathan tells him from the Lord. The number 5 in the Bible represents God’s Grace. “1. I anointed thee king over Israel, and 2. I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul; 3. And I gave thee thy master's house, 4. and thy master's wives into thy bosom, 5. and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; Then he tops it off with the cream on top of the cake 6. and if [that had been] too little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things”. 5 = GRACE.