Summary: God has called each of us to live a life with no exceptions. This is an expository sermon about the exception in David’s life found in 2 Samuel 11.
1 Kings 15:5 & 2 Samuel 11:1-27
What will you be remembered for? Will people consider you a man or woman of God? Will people remember you as an effective minister of the gospel? After all is said and done, what will people remember about your life and ministry? The Bible gives us an example of a man of God named King David. How was David remembered by future generations?
1 Kings chapter 5 begins to give the account of Abijah, the great grandson of King David. According to the first few verses of chapter 5, King Abijah followed in the sins of his father and did not follow the God of his great grandfather David. David is remembered in verse 5 for following and obeying the commands of the Lord God of Israel. However, even though David was a man of devotion to God, he is also remembered for his tragic moral failure. Verse 5 says, “For David had done what was right in the eyes of the Lord and had not failed to keep any of the Lord’s commands all the days of his life--except in the case of Uriah the Hittite” (1 Kings 15:5 NIV).
2 Samuel 11 gives the account of this exception in the life of David. In the previous chapters David has defeated various armies and has become very successful as the King of Israel. David has proved to be a great leader and a man after the heart of God. However, the story found in chapter 11 seems to be a stark contrast to the previous stories about David. After all, David was the shepherd boy who was anointed king. He was the brave young man who killed Goliath. He was the musician for Saul who would write most of the Psalms. He was even the victorious warrior who has gained the favor of his people. But chapter 11 describes David as an adulterer and a murderer. Now we see the story that 1 Kings 5:15 refers to as “…except in the case of Uriah the Hittite.” As ministers of the gospel we should please God in all that we do. No Exceptions!
Seven Insights from the “Exception in the Life of King David”
#1: You’re dying in the present if your living in the past.
I don’t know about you, but in many ways I am not proud of my past. I have many past sins that I try to forget. I love to claim the promises that old things are passed away and everything has become new. I love the fact that I am a new creation in Christ Jesus. I agree with Paul that I am not looking at the things behind me but instead I am looking ahead. These verses help us to forget our past failures and focus on the future. However, many times I like to look back at past successes and dwell upon them. It becomes easier for me to remember past victories and lean upon them.
David had just defeated many armies and nations in the past few chapters. He was successful against the Philistines, the Moabites, the Edomites, and others. But 2 Samuel 11:1 indicates that David decided not to go out to finish fighting the Ammonites. It appears to me that David had become content with past victories. He had the memories
of the past to lean on, but he did not have a vision of the future to lead on. If you’re living in the past, then you’re dying in the present.