Summary: This sermon uses the story of David & Bathsheba as well as a more modern day story to illustrate how we cannot hide our sins.


Numbers 32:20-23; 2 Samuel 11:1-17, 26-27; 12:1-7

Numbers 32:20-23

Then Moses said to them: "If you do this thing, if you arm yourselves before the LORD for the war,

21and all your armed men cross over the Jordan before the LORD until He has driven out His enemies from before Him,

22and the land is subdued before the LORD, then afterward you may return and be blameless before the LORD and before Israel; and this land shall be your possession before the LORD.

23But if you do not do so, then take note, you have sinned against the LORD; and be sure your sin will find you out.

That's what Moses said to the tribes of Gad and Reuben

concerning a promise they made

to help the other tribes settle in Canaan land.

They wanted to settle west of the Jordan River.

However, they promised to help the rest of the Israelites

drive the Canaanites out of the Promised Land

on the east side of the Jordan.

Moses warned them that if they failed to do so, it would be a sin.

He said, "be sure your sin will find you out.

I have a little story to tell you this morning.

Keith Cox was a traveling salesman married to two women at the same time! He had a home with one wife in St. Louis. The other wife lived with him in East St. Louis. Keith was able to pull off this double marriage off by telling his wives that his job prevented him from being home full time. So he would spend a few days with wife #1 in St. Louis and call wife #2 in East St. Louis every day to tell her how much he missed being with her. Then after a few days Keith would leave wife #1 telling her he was going on a sales trip and then go home to wife #2 in East St. Louis. Once again, he'd call wife #1 every day telling her how much he missed being with her. This polygamist arrangement had been going on for 18 years.

Well, Keith seems to think he is pulling a fast one!

More of that story later!

Today's Bible story is about King David.

Acts 13:22 says this about David,

And when He had removed him, He raised up for them David as king, to whom also He gave testimony and said, 'I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will.'

That's amazing when you think about the sins of David.

However, David was a human being.

We are all guilty of sin.

Romans 3:23 says,

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Hopefully we will recognize that fact,

hate the sin we have been doing,

and repent of it.

However, some people try to excuse it,

or rationalize it,

or hide it,

or dignify it.

But listen to me, people!

If we continue to do what the Bible says is wrong,

be sure your sins will find you out!



1 It happened in the spring of the year, at the time when kings go out to battle, that David sent Joab and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the people of Ammon and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem.

2 Then it happened one evening that David arose from his bed and walked on the roof of the king's house. And from the roof he saw a woman bathing, and the woman was very beautiful to behold. 3 So David sent and inquired about the woman. And someone said, "Is this not Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?" 4 Then David sent messengers, and took her; and she came to him, and he lay with her, for she was cleansed from her impurity; and she returned to her house. 5 And the woman conceived; so she sent and told David, and said, "I am with child."

King David had an affair with Bathsheba.

She got pregnant.

What did David do?

6 Then David sent to Joab, saying, "Send me Uriah the Hittite." And Joab sent Uriah to David. 7When Uriah had come to him, David asked how Joab was doing, and how the people were doing, and how the war prospered. 8 And David said to Uriah, "Go down to your house and wash your feet." So Uriah departed from the king's house, and a gift of food from the king followed him.

David is looking for a way to cover up his sin with Bathsheba.

He brought her husband Uriah home from battle.

He thinks if Uriah sleeps with his wife,

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