Summary: David’s sin and restoration have so much to teach us.
"YOU ARE THE MAN"
TEXT: II SAMUEL 11/12
Today’s text comes from the 11th and 12th chapters of the book of II Samuel. In the chapters leading up to our text we see David becoming the recognized King over all of Israel. He lead the nation of Israel in many successful campaigns over their enemies in the surrounding nations. Chapter 10 the chapter right our text finds David winning a resounding victory against the Ammonites. David is now a feared and respected leader throughout the eastern world. And he was as I Samuel 13:14 says, "A man after God’s own heart."
David was a great King. He loved and worshipped God and won many victories with the help of the Lord.
The chapters that make up our text however are not more scenes of victory -- these chapters record what is probably the low point in David’s life/in his walk with God.
Let’s recount the tragic events together.
Chapter 11 opens up this way, "IN THE SPRING AT THE TIME WHEN KINGS GO 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."
This is where his problems get started... David stayed home he should have been out doing battle for the Lord, but he stayed home. If he had gone where he should have gone and had done what he should have done -- these chapters in his life could have been avoided.
Isn’t this when we get ourselves into trouble, when we are not doing the things we should be doing, and when we are not going where we should be going. It is at these times when we are most susceptible to temptation and sin....Idle hands are the devil the devil’s workshop...
David was home and, he was not home alone. One evening he went up on to his roof to take a walk and while he was up there he saw a beautiful woman bathing (Bathsheba)... Whether David went up there to see just such a thing we do not know -- but we do know he could have looked the other way -- but he didn’t he allowed the temptation to turn into desire and as James says he was dragged away by this desire and it gave birth to sin.
David summoned her to his chambers and he committed adultery with her, it didn’t matter to him that she was married or that he was married.
Later he gets a call from Bathsheba and she tells him that she is pregnant with his child... David decides that if the Jerusalem Star got a hold of this it would be all over town so he sent for Her husband Uriah from the battle field. His plan was to have Uriah come home and sleep with his wife so that everyone would think that this child was his. But Uriah was a noble man and a great leader, even though David got him drunk -- he would not even go into his house he slept on the front porch, he said to David, "THE ARK OF ISRAEL AND JUDAH ARE STAYING IN TENTS, AND MY MASTER JOAB AND MY LORD’S MEN ARE CAMPED IN THE OPEN FIELDS. HOW COULD I GO TO MY HOUSE TO EAT AND DRINK AND LIE WITH MY WIFE? AS SURELY AS YOU LIVE, I WILL DO NO SUCH THING!"
What an honorable man, what a man to have fighting for your side -- on any other occasion David would have rejoiced at such leadership and loyalty ... But not now -- Now he could only think of covering up his sin.... And it was not respect he felt towards Uriah but intense hatred.