David and Bathsheba | Victor Tey

Some practical lessons from the story of David when he sinned in the matter of Uriah the Hittite.

2 Samuel 11:1-12:15

  • 1 Kings 15:4-5
  • David puts himself in a dangerous position by being idle.
    • Everyone else was out fighting and he should have been fighting with them
    • Today it’s a spiritual fight, we ought to be working hard, involved in the spiritual fight of christianity but some people are tarrying in the flesh.
  • Application to pornography or fornication
    • When a man is not busy working he starts looking at things he ought not and keeping company with people he should not.
    • The equivalent to David’s situation is you ought to be working, studying, soulwinning, etc and you see a video or banner on the internet of pornography.
    • v3 This is why it’s so dangerous to even put yourself in the situation because even though it’s so blatantly wrong, it’s so tempting that all reason goes out the window in the moment and it’s difficult to stop yourself.
    • “Curiosity killed the cat”
    • 2 Timothy 2:22 – flee youthful lusts – you don’t face it, you run from it because it’s too dangerous
    • This is why I don’t believe in philosophies that deal with pornography by delving into it too deeply, the correct thing to do is follow after righteousness, not dwell on the sin to overcome it.
    • Books that just go into the struggles that others have and that just adds to your lustful imaginations.
    • Marriage helps, but it’s not a silver bullet to idleness. Married men still struggle with lust.
    • Not to look at the letter and to follow Joab’s commandments
    • What do you think Uriah thought when he awoke in heaven?
  • The trust that he had in David and Joab
    • The type of man that uriah was that he would not let his brothers in war down
    • Num 32:1-27
      • When you don’t go to war you discourage your brothers and sisters in christ
      • You are compare to the 10 spies that prevented Israel from entering the promised land and wander in the wilderness for 40 years
      • People may have reasons why they delay serving the Lord (eg. knowledge, business, projects, plans, study, etc) but when the time comes to fight and they don’t – be sure your sin will find you out.
    • There is no neutral ground – even fruitless trees take up resources
  • The godly character of Uriah
  • 2 Samuel 23:39 – one of David’s 37 mighty men
  • Why didn’t anyone confront David when he sent for Bathsheba?
    • Women are not immune to lust – same principles apply
  • Why did Joab go ahead with Uriah’s murder?
    • Too much at stake to do what is right?
    • Are you willing to lose all to make a stand for God?
    • Are you scared for people to find out what you believe?
  • Judges 9:50-54 – God made sure that the world knew that Abimelech was killed by a woman.
  • David had multiple wives, why was this sin so displeasing?
    • It seems that adultery with a married woman is a more serious sin that adultery with an unmarried woman.
  • If you try and cover your sin, it only makes things worse
    • Proverbs 28:13 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
    • Nothing is hidden from the Lord
    • If you do something wrong and someone pulls you up on it, just accept the consequences and it will turn out better than justifying your wrong.
    • If you mess up, admitting it can lead to less problems than trying to cover it up.
  • Hebrews 12:6 – God loves and chastises his children, he will ensure you are punished
  • Applying God’s Word to ourselves
    • We don’t apply preaching to ourselves but always think of how it applies to others – when Nathan came to David he did not realise it was about him
    • Not all preaching has someone in mind
    • It’s hard as a preacher not to have people in mind, but it’s nothing personal.
    • We are harder on others than ourselves – we ought to put ourselves in their shoes and we will be merciful when we consider the consequences
    • Do unto others as you would have done unto you.
  • You can be forgiven for your sin, but that does not remove the consequences of sin.
    • Psa 51:1-13
    • We see the sincerity of David’s confession
    • Ultimately he was most grieved for sinning against God
    • Saved believers are capable of atrocious acts of sin
    • The joy of salvation is realising what you have been forgiven of and the severity of your actions that they deserved an eternity of hell.
  • When you sin you do damage to the kingdom of God – caused enemies to blaspheme
  • This is part of the spiritual fight, is your own holiness
    • Ephesians 6:14 breastplate of righteousness
    • Guards your heart from fleshly sins
  • You do damage to yourself – public shame (v12)
  • You do damage to the next generation – Psalm 73:15 – I should offend against the generation of thy children.
  • You do damage to those trying to fight the good fight of faith by giving more occasion to the enemy
    • Romans 2:21-25 – name of God blasphemed through you
    • Titus 2:1-10 – word of God be not blasphemed
    • Doctrine is important, but it’s the works that are seen by the world.

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  1. Jonathan 2nd May 2017

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