David is about to commit adultery and murder. What makes his sin more pronounced is that it was written down in scripture for all to see. Most are thankful that their sins are not publicized. Because David’s great sin is so well-known, many people have used this story to beat up their congregation. However, sin is sin, great or small.
1 Corinthians 10:12 – “Let him who thinks he stands take heed least he fall.”
Backdrop: David was now around fifty years old, maybe older. He had been on the throne twenty years. He was a king, leader of Israel, composer of psalms, and a valiant warrior on the battlefield. He was a man of passion as well as compassionate. So, as we look at the next chapter of David’s life, we are not examining the life of someone in rebellion against God or a sexual pervert,
but he did commit a sin that lead to devastating consequences. Sin always has consequences. This is why we take heed, least we fall. No one is too old, too young or too rich, to fall. David also didn’t fall suddenly.
The Lord had blessed David abundantly. However, he started to neglect certain areas of his life.
2 Samuel 5:13 – Meanwhile David took concubines and wives from Jerusalem, after he came from Hebron; and more sons and daughters were born to David.
This was a direct contradiction to God’s commandments in Deuteronomy 17:14-17.
God said after they possessed the land and He chooses a king for the, these are the things they “Shall not do.” (1) Never put a foreigner over yourselves. (2) You shall not multiply horses and don’t go to Egypt to get them. He didn’t want them ever to return to Egypt, for anything. (3) You shall not increase silver or gold for yourself. (4) Neither shall he multiply wives for himself.
God has written our instruction manual for all to read. The consequence of a “harem” is that they will turn their heart away from God. Read what happens to David’s son, Solomon.
David was an accomplished ruler. He was a giant killer, had a military force that no one could defeat, had increased exports, imports in trade, strong national defense, and built houses, so what did he need another wife for? Who would even have the authority to correct him or tell him not to do what he was about to do? David’s lust and polygamy secretly began to erode his integrity.
Our most difficult times are not when things are hard because we learn to depend totally on God. Our difficult times will come when you don’t need God as much as you used to for every little thing. We start little by little not studying His word as much, not praying as much, and missing gatherings with other Christians. We stayed humble and faithful when we needed healing, bills paid or life-threatening issues. We don’t get proud when we depend on God for all our needs.
Pride starts to creep in when “We have arrived!”
In David’s case, he not only is vulnerable, he’s unaccountable to anyone. We have to take great caution when we think no one should correct us.
I’ve seen pastors start to gain a certain attitude when they reach that point. I’ve heard them say, “If you don’t like what I’m preaching, there’s the door!” They will fire those who even mention that they might be wrong. They soon forget that it was God who placed them where they are in the first place and God can remove them.
When a senior leader of a congregation starts to accumulate houses, cars, money and power, while his congregation struggles, watch out, somebody got too big for their britches! If God didn’t approve of it in the Old Testament, He doesn’t approve of it now.
Let me just say this: Yes God does bless His children; yes we have to have, in order to give, but when we just keep getting more and more for me and mine, there’s a problem. Watch out least you fall.