2 Samuel 11:1 – Now it came to pass 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 in Jerusalem.
If David had went out to battle, this next incident would never have happened with Bathsheba. People who have great power and wealth have to watch out for idle times. David was in his bedroom just “hanging out,” when he should have been on the battlefield. Beautiful spring night, nice enough to go up on the roof, was what the king was doing instead.
Often eastern monarchs would build their bedchambers on the second story of the palace and have a door that went to the roof. They could sit up there above the people in secret and watch them. That is where David is.
2 Samuel 11:2 – 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.
When the Bible says someone is beautiful, they must be gorgeous.
My first thoughts were that David had every right to be on his roof any time he wanted. My second thought was; what was a supposedly modest Hebrew woman doing bathing on her roof for anyone with a higher roof, could see her bathing?
The New Testament tells Christians not to be a stumbling block to others (Romans 14:12, 13). That means we give thought to our actions, our dress, our looks, and our conduct at all times. People that don’t know the Lord are watching. And people who are believers shouldn’t be enticed to look at immodesty by a fellow believer. Hey, we are supposed to be different. We are to turn away and not linger when we see things that we know we shouldn’t be looking at.
Both David and Bathsheba were at fault here, but David could have looked away, went to his bedchamber, and shut the door. But he didn’t. This temptation was too big for him to handle. Do you think Bathsheba didn’t know she could be seen from the palace roof? How about David? Wasn’t the six wives and concubines enough for him?
As long as we live on this earth, there will be temptations. Temptations of the flesh for sexual desires, ambition, vanity, desire for revenge, greed, fame, and power. It’s not the temptation of hating God because we want what we want; it’s the temptation of forgetting God and what He has taught us.
Those who are faced with any of these temptations might ask themselves: “Is what I want really so bad?” “Is it not really permitted for me to have it?” “Will God not make an exception for me?” Sorry, God doesn’t bless sin. So what are we to do when tempted?
The Bible says resist the devil and he will flee. You run and flee from that temptation as fast as you can. Eventually the devil will stop tempting you in those areas when you overcome it or you stop putting yourself in those kinds of situations. If you choose not to run, you will fall into that temptation and be tested again.
The enemy is out to destroy us with everything he knows we are weak in. He watches and waits for us to say that we can’t handle that. He counters our weak areas. Then one day when we think we can’t be tempted in that area, “Bam” there it is!
Back to David
David was blinded by her beauty. He forgot all about being God’s man. He never even considered the consequences. All he knew at that moment was, “I want her!”
2 Samuel 11:3 – 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?”
David’s servant warned him as he answered him, “She’s married!” I don’t think it even registered with David. He didn’t care.
2 Samuel 11:4 – Then David sent messengers, and took her; and she came to him; he lay with her for she was cleansed from her impurity; and she returned to her house.
The enemy never tips his hand in temptation. He only shows us the beauty and the excitement. He never tells the heavy drinker that there will be a huge hangover tomorrow. He doesn’t show the devastation of adultery, or addicts that one day they could end up in a pit that they can’t crawl out of. When we fall into temptation and submit to it, the penalties will always come due at a much higher price than we want to pay.