This next chapter starts a dire set of consequences from one bad decision after another that David made.
Verse 1 – Spring was a good time to go to war because the roads were dry, making travel easier for troop movements, supply wagons, and chariots. This siege against Ammon put an end to their power. From this time on, the Ammonites were subject to Israel. The first wrong decision David made was staying in Jerusalem while his army went to battle. This first act started a snowball of bad choices. Bad decision 1) David had abandon his purpose of clearing out Israel’s enemies by staying home. (2) David focused on his own desires instead of Israel’s as a whole. (3) When temptation came, he indulged instead of fleeing. (4) He sinned deliberately (11:4). (5) He tried to cover up his sin by deceiving others (11:6-15). (6) He committed murder as the cover up continued (11:15, 17). David’s sin didn’t just involve himself, it reached many others. James 1:14, 15, states that when sin becomes full blown it will destroy resulting in death. The deeper the mess we get in, the less likely we are to admit having caused it.
Verse 3, 4 – At the root of most temptations is a real need or desire that we’re not willing to trust God to fill. Most people want what they want “right now.” Maturity comes when we are willing to wait on God’s timing through God’s wisdom.
Verses 6-13 – I wonder if David had that sickening feeling in the pit of his stomach, when he found out Bathsheba was pregnant. I don’t imagine David’s army would have felt too proud of their king if they knew that while they were out fighting for Israel, David was home committing adultery. So instead of dealing with what he had done, David concocts a plan to make Uriah sleep with his own wife Bathsheba. The only way to deal with sin is to confront it head on – admit, and repent. The consequences won’t just go away by themselves.
Verse 15 – Now David gets Joab, the leader of his army, involved. Joab didn’t know why Uriah had to die, but it was obvious David wanted him killed.
Verse 25 – David’s response to Uriah’s death seems flippant and insensitive. David had become callous to his own sin. Feelings are not reliable guides for determining right and wrong. Deliberate repeated sin, will make one dull and insensitive to God’s way. Reasoning with what you are doing or what you did, will make you hard-hearted toward the things of God.