Summary: Of all people God should have had disdain for, David would seem like a good candidate, but once again God's mercy, love, and grace overcome man's sin!
• SLIDE #1
• STORY OF WHEN I WAS A BOY WITH THE MUD AND THE SHED AND TONY.
• That mud was calling my NAME!
• The allure, the draw, the desire. The attraction. Sin can really pull us in. You may not have mudded up the neighbors shed, but we can all identify with my situation in three ways.
• First, we have something inside of us that wants to do wrong (THE DESIRE TO THROW THE MUD AT THE SHED). Second, our lack of goodness affects others (I GOT TONY IN TROUBLE ALSO). Third, there are always consequences to our choices (CLEAN THE SHED).
• We see all these things at work in The Story.
• David has it all, God has been so good to him. David has the Midas touch, he never loses a battle, and he expands the Kingdom when he finally takes the helm of the whole nation.
• It is good to be David. He is at rest and we learn from 2 Samuel 11 that David lets down his guard and as a result makes tragic choices that cause a crucial shift in David’s life, family and Kingdom.
• It begins innocently enough, as many sins begin.
• SLIDE #2
• 2 Samuel 11:1–2 (NIV) 1 In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king’s men and the whole Israelite army. They destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained in Jerusalem. 2 One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful,
• SLIDE #3
• A moment of weakness can lead down a pathway of bad decisions.
I. Sin doesn’t end with the initial act.
(David commits sins and tries to cover them up.)
• How many times have we done something we knew we should not have done and in order to cover it up, we did things that were even worse than the initial act?
• Sin usually does not end with the initial act as we see in the case of David.
• Boy if the saying IDLE HANDS ARE THE DEVILS WORKSHOP (which is not a biblical quote, but does have roots in the Bible) were ever true it was true with David’s situation.
• David’s sin starts out with a seemingly innocent decision.
• In verse 1 we see that David was really in the wrong place, he should have been off to war, leading his army, but instead he chose to send out Joab.
• Then one evening when David was having trouble sleeping, he made the fateful trip on to the rooftop.
• He sees this smoking hot woman taking a bath. Now, seeing the naked women was not so much the problem, I mean it does not appear that he went on the rooftop to see what he viewed, but what he did with the situation made the issue a real problem!
• SLIDE #4
• 2 Samuel 11:3 (NIV) and David sent someone to find out about her. The man said, “She is Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite.”
• He just could not walk away, it was like me, mud, sticks, and a nicely painted wooden shed for a target!