Summary: Sin starts small but snowballs quickly

The Anatomy of Sin

2 Samuel 11

February 8, 2004

2 Samuel 11:1-5

The following spring, the time of year when kings go to war, David sent Joab and the Israelite army to destroy the Ammonites. In the process they laid siege to the city of Rabbah. But David stayed behind in Jerusalem.

[2] Late one afternoon David got out of bed after taking a nap and went for a stroll on the roof of the palace. As he looked out over the city, he noticed a woman of unusual beauty taking a bath. [3] He sent someone to find out who she was, and he was told, "She is Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite." [4] Then David sent for her; and when she came to the palace, he slept with her. (She had just completed the purification rites after having her menstrual period.) Then she returned home. [5] Later, when Bathsheba discovered that she was pregnant, she sent a message to inform David.

2 Samuel 11:6-9

So David sent word to Joab: "Send me Uriah the Hittite." [7] When Uriah arrived, David asked him how Joab and the army were getting along and how the war was progressing. [8] Then he told Uriah, "Go on home and relax." David even sent a gift to Uriah after he had left the palace. [9] But Uriah wouldn’t go home. He stayed that night at the palace entrance with some of the king’s other servants.

2 Samuel 11:10-13

When David heard what Uriah had done, he summoned him and asked, "What’s the matter with you? Why didn’t you go home last night after being away for so long?"

[11] Uriah replied, "The Ark and the armies of Israel and Judah are living in tents, and Joab and his officers are camping in the open fields. How could I go home to wine and dine and sleep with my wife? I swear that I will never be guilty of acting like that."

[12] "Well, stay here tonight," David told him, "and tomorrow you may return to the army." So Uriah stayed in Jerusalem that day and the next. [13] Then David invited him to dinner and got him drunk. But even then he couldn’t get Uriah to go home to his wife. Again he slept at the palace entrance.

2 Samuel 11:14-17

So the next morning David wrote a letter to Joab and gave it to Uriah to deliver. [15] The letter instructed Joab, "Station Uriah on the front lines where the battle is fiercest. Then pull back so that he will be killed." [16] So Joab assigned Uriah to a spot close to the city wall where he knew the enemy’s strongest men were fighting. [17] And Uriah was killed along with several other Israelite soldiers.

2 Samuel 11:22-27

So the messenger went to Jerusalem and gave a complete report to David. [23] "The enemy came out against us," he said. "And as we chased them back to the city gates, [24] the archers on the wall shot arrows at us. Some of our men were killed, including Uriah the Hittite."

[25] "Well, tell Joab not to be discouraged," David said. "The sword kills one as well as another! Fight harder next time, and conquer the city!"

[26] When Bathsheba heard that her husband was dead, she mourned for him. [27] When the period of mourning was over, David sent for her and brought her to the palace, and she became one of his wives. Then she gave birth to a son. But the Lord was very displeased with what David had done.

Shouldn’t Have Been There

• David should have been at war – vs. 1

• Temptation has an open door

– What are the places you need to stay away from?

Dwelling On Temptation

• David saw a beautiful women taking a bath – vs. 2

– David had a choice…turn or dwell

• Temptation that is dwelled upon…will ultimately lead to action

Acting On The Thought

• David sent for someone to find out who the woman was – vs. 3

– David surrendered to his thought life

– Lust was now in the driver’s seat

Unrestrained Thoughts Lead To Unrestrained Actions

• David sent for Bathsheba – vs. 4

– David knew she was married

• David slept with Bathsheba

– David exerted his influence

– David dishonored himself and Bathsheba

• Where are your thoughts taking you?

The Consequences of Sin

• Bathsheba discovered she was pregnant – vs. 5

• Sin always comes with consequences

– Pain

– Deceit

– Guilt

An Attempted Cover-Up

• David sent for Bathsheba’s husband – vs. 6-7

• David sent Uriah home, in hopes that he would sleep with his wife – vs. 8

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