Psalm 35

Psalm 35

Author: David – Possibly written when David was being hunted by Saul (1 Samuel 24)

Verse 1 – Plead my cause, O Lord, with those who strive with me; fight against those who fight against me.

Verse 2 – Take hold of shield and buckler, and stand up for my help.

Verse 3 – Also draw out the spear, and stop those who pursue me. Say to my soul, “I am your salvation.”

David didn’t understand why he was being pursued. He asks God to fight for him. He knows that he was anointed to be king, so why were they trying to kill him? David gave it over to God. Cruelty may be far removed from our daily lives here in the U.S., but it’s a reality to others elsewhere.

Verse 4 – Let those be put to shame and brought to dishonor who seek after my life; let those be turned back and brought to confusion who plot my hurt.

verse 5 – Let them be like chaff before the wind, and let the angel of the Lord chase them.

The chaff is the useless part of threshing. David wanted his enemies to be blown away, not amounting to anything.

Verse 6 – Let their way be dark and slippery, and let the angel of the Lord pursue them.

Verse 7 – For without cause they have hidden their net for me in a pit, which they have dug without cause for my life.

Verse 8 – Let destruction come upon him unexpectedly, and let his net that he has hidden catch himself; into that very destruction let him fall.

Keeping in mind, David had done nothing to the enemies that were pursuing him, especially when Saul was after him to take his life. This is not a prayer to be used when someone has wronged another and they come after them. David was simply crying out for God to stop the enemy before they got to him. Let them fall into the same demise they had set for David.

Verse 9 – And my soul shall be joyful in the Lord; it shall rejoice in His salvation.

Verse 10 – All my bones shall say, “Lord, who is like You, deliver the poor from him who is too strong for him, yes the poor and the needy from him who plunders him?”

Verse 11 – Fierce witness rise up; they ask me things that I do not know.

Verse 12 – They reward me evil for good, to the sorrow of my soul.

Verse 13 – But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth; I humbled myself with fasting; and my prayer would return to my own heart.

Verse 14 – I paced about as though he were my friend or brother; I bowed down heavily, as one who mourns for his mother.

David felt as though he had been betrayed for those he tried to help. Remember when Saul would call for David to play his music that would calm King Saul? David had prayed for him, even though Saul continually tried to kill him. I think that’s the greatest attack when someone we have prayed for and helped turns against us.

Verse 15 – But in my adversity they rejoiced and gathered together; attackers gathered against me, and I did not know it; they tore at me and did not cease;

Verse 16 – With ungodly mockers at feasts they gnashed at me with their teeth.

Who else was betrayed in this way? Christ Jesus healed the sick, fed thousands, raised the dead, and then the people turned on Him until they crucified Him. These verses that David wrote, describes what also happened to our Savior. Our own persecution here on this earth  is only temporary. Our strength to endure will come from the same place David’s did – the Lord.

Verse 17 – Lord, how long will You look on? Rescue me from their destruction’s, my precious life from the lions.

Verse 18 – I will give You thanks in the great congregation; I will praise You among many people.

We all wonder and ask God, “Why is my deliverance being delayed?” Without posting a 20 page sermon and bringing Daniel’s prayer into the boat, I’ll simply say: God’s wisdom and timing are perfect. Sometimes, God has to work around us with people in order to line everything up, that we are not aware of. In the very next verse after David questions God, he praises and thanks Him for deliverance. We know God is fighting for us, so why not include thanksgiving and praise in the same prayer as the request?

Verse 19 – Let them not rejoice over me who are wrongfully my enemies; nor let them wink with the eye who hate me without cause.

In John 15:25, Jesus said, “They hated Me without cause.”

Verse 20 – For they do not speak peace, but they devise deceitful matters against those who are quiet in the land.

Verse 21 – They also open their mouth wide against me, and said, “Aha, aha! Our eyes have seen it!”

Verse 22 – This You have seen, O Lord; do not keep silent. O Lord, do not be far from me.

Verse 23 – Stir up Yourself, and awake to my vindication, to my cause, my God and my Lord.

Verse 24 – Vindicate me, O Lord my God, according to Your righteousness; and let them not rejoice over me.

Verse 25 – Let them not say in their hearts, “Ah, so we would have it!” Let them not say, “We have swallowed him up.”

We’ve all had people who have lied on us, deceived us without our knowing, but God is the only One who can vindicate us. When we try to do it, things can backfire. Manipulating and plotting are not God’s way of bringing justice to us. But I will tell you this: God will see to it that the ones who have wronged us will see justice in a way that only God can bring. He sees what has been done, and He knows what we feel. He’s all-knowing and perfect in justice. When this happens, give it to Him and take your hands off. His ways are righteous.

Verse 26 – Let them be ashamed and brought to mutual confusion who rejoice at my hurt; let them be clothed with shame and dishonor who magnify themselves against me.

Verse 27 – Let them shout for joy and be glad, who favor my righteous cause; and let them say continually, “Let the Lord be magnified, who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.”

Verse 28 – And my tongue shall speak of Your righteousness and of Your praise all the day long.

We can learn a lot from David in this psalm when we need relief from persecution. Just remember this: Consider the source from which persecution comes. When Christians are living right, some will despise their own lives to the point of jealousy, making them lash out at you. However, some may want what the believer have, favor with God, knowing they have been forgiven. God is greater than anything another can do to us.

David Part 31

David part 31

 

Conclusion

As David sits at the city gate, he hears about a dispute. Part of Israel had decided to be on Absalom’s side and part on King David’s side. So David talked to all the leaders. They sent word to David to return to Jerusalem. Now here’s David and all his servants on one side of the Jordan and all the men from Judah on the other side to escort David over.

Remember Mephibosheth? He also came to meet David, but had not shaved or taken care of himself since David had left. He had stayed because he had been lied to.

You can read about who came and escorted the king in 2 Samuel 19:8-39.

As David and his party approached Gilgal, a group of men from Israel approach and start arguing with the men from Judah who were escorting David. Israel was jealous because the men of Judah got to David first and they are the ones who had left with him.

Then the Bible says a rebel named Sheba, blew a horn, and ordered the men of Israel back to their tents because they wanted no part of David. These were the men who had taken Absalom’s side. The men of Judah remained loyal to David.

David goes to his house in Jerusalem where he had left the 10 concubines, took them, and put them in seclusion. He provided for them but they stayed in seclusion until their death (2 Samuel 20:3). (These are the women Absalom slept with on the roof of David’s house.)

The rebel, Sheba, who caused the division, is hunted down by Joab, and Sheba’s head is handed to Joab over the wall of the city and Joab returns to David.

Moving forward: There had been a famine in the land and David inquired of the Lord as to why (2 Samuel 21:1). God answered him and said that it was because Saul had killed the Gibeonites. The children of Israel had sworn that they would protect them, but Saul had killed them (2 Samuel 21:20).

Saul has been dead for some time now. However, the punishment and consequences for his actions are being felt by all of Israel through a famine. Do you see how long the consequences can last after our actions? After 7 descendants from Saul were brought to the Gibeonites and hanged, God healed their land.

2 Samuel 21:15 – When the Philistines were at war again with Israel, David and his servants with him went down and fought against the Philistines; and David grew faint. This was David’s last battle.

Read all of chapter 21, verses 15 through 22. Battle after battle, David’s men fought and killed four brothers of the giant Goliath, but David fought no more after the first battle where he was almost killed.

2 Samuel 22:1 – Then David spoke to the Lord the words of this song, on the day when the Lord had delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul. (Verse 2) And he said,…

Read 2 Samuel 22:2-51. This song is gratitude to the Lord for David’s final battle.

The Lord is our rock; our fortress, deliverance, strength, shield, stronghold, refuge, and Savior. (Verse 7) “In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried to my God. He heard my voice from His temple, and my cry entered His ears.”

David writes in verse 20, “He delivered me, because He delighted in me.” David also writes in verse 24, “I was also blameless before Him.”

Even with what all that David had done wrong, he knew God’s mercy was greater! When calamity strikes out of nowhere, David assures us, God is still pleased with us. He is our security in all things. When our days become dark, our God is our only light.

Verse 31 – As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust Him.

David says in verse 33, God will make our way perfect. He also assures us in Psalm 138:8 that He will perfect all that concerns us.

I’m going to conclude the story of David here, even though after writing this beautiful song, David censored the people and brought death to Israel’s people. After being so loving and sensitive to the Lord, like David, how could we possible go against God’s ways ever again? Because, like David, none are perfect. But God says He will perfect that which concerns us and He will make our ways perfect.

Our loving heavenly Father has a destiny and plan for each of our lives. His ultimate goal has always been to bring us into a loving relationship with His Son. He teaches us throughout our lives to believe in our hearts that His Word is true and will not return unto Him void.

Speak those words of faith, His words of faith that He has given you, and see the Mighty Hand of God change your life!

David Part 30

David part 30

 

Absalom is dead

2 Samuel 18:33 – Then the king was deeply moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept. And as he went, he said thus: O my son Absalom-my son, my son Absalom – if only I had died in your place! Absalom my son, my son!”

David is in tremendous grief. It’s as if someone has locked him in a dark dungeon and he can’t lift himself out, when all of a sudden a friend shows up.

2 Samuel 19:1 – And Joab was told, “Behold, the king is weeping and mourning for Absalom.”

The people saw Absalom’s death as deliverance, so now David could get back to the throne. But David was too absorbed in his grief to even care, he was paralyzed with sorrow.

Even though Absalom had murdered his half-brother, took David’s wives on the roof of the palace, and over threw the throne, he was still David’s son, whom he loved deeply. Joab comes on the scene.

2 Samuel 19:4-7 – But the king covered his face and the king cried out with a loud voice, “O my son Absalom! O Absalom, my son, my son!” (Verse 5) Then Joab came into the house to the king, and said, “Today you have disgraced all your servants who today have saved your life, the lives of your sons and daughters, the lives of your wives and the lives of your concubines, (Verse 6) in that you love your enemies and hate your friends. For you have declared today that you regard neither princes nor servants; for today I receive that if Absalom had lived and all of us had died today than it would have pleased you well.” (Verse 7)”Now therefore, arise, go out, and speak comfort to your servants. For I swear by the Lord, if you do not go out, not one will stay with you this night. And that will be worse for you than all the evil that has befallen you from your youth until now.”

Does this sound like a friend? Yes. Joab told David the truth! He told him he was acting as if he would rather have all of them die instead of Absalom. The people didn’t feel the same way about Absalom that David did. They were glad David would take the throne back, but if David stayed in his room and continued to ignore them, they would all desert him. So David takes Joab’s advice, as hard as it was to do.

2 Samuel 19:8 – So the king arose and sat at the gate. When they told all the people saying, “Behold, the king is sitting in the gate,” then all the people came before the king…

Remember, the city gate was where the king or the leaders would sit and give judgments, counsel, and meet with the people. Sometimes, even when we don’t feel like it we have to get back to responsibilities after a tragedy.

Here’s the truth about friendships. Friendships are where we find the ministering hands of God. Encouraging, giving, and supporting, will be their characteristics.

Friends are not optional; they’re essential. There is no substitute for a devoted friend who will stick by you when hardships come. However, we have to cultivate a friendship. “A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly” (Proverbs 18:24).

Friendships will impact our lives, good or bad. True friends will encourage us to become a better person. If some of our friend’s have bad disreputable lives then they will lead us into dysfunction. “Bad company corrupts good morals.” Check out which kinds of friends are in your life.

  • Acquaintances – people we see often to greet, “How are you doing?” “Fine (really not fine, but I don’t know you well enough to dump on you, or how you would react). I have one of the best jobs I think anyone could have because I get to listen to people who have no one else in their lives who actually listen to them. I’m still amazed how I can just meet someone and they share their history of their life with me. I listen.
  • Casual friends – friends we see more often; people we have common interests in but still there’s a distance between.
  • Close friends – we talk to these friends more often for opinions, maybe even go places together.
  • Intimate friends – these are people we have a deep commitment to. We are open and vulnerable with. We are totally honest with; we take counsel with; we tell our worries to, who won’t change their opinion about us. We all need a friend like that. If we are really blessed, we might have two or even three friends who fit in this category.

Thankfully, God had placed several friends, including Joab, in David’s life that truly cared about him, enough to be honest with him.

If you don’t have an intimate friend that always has your back, who will tell you the truth; who will always be there for you, then ask God to send you one. However, in the meantime, Christ will and does “stick closer than a brother to you!”

Christ had many followers. He had twelve close friends, but He had three intimate friends, including Peter.

David Part 29

David part 29

 

All families can have trouble, whether rich or poor. It can come either from the outside or within.

A trouble that comes through the disaster of a flood or a house burning down can be divesting, but it usually makes a family grow closer.

However, when trouble comes from within a family that trouble can be harder to handle. Trouble from within in the form of pressure, tension between husband and wife, abuse, neglect, unforgiveness, bitterness, and hatred, can make the home a war zone.

Paul writes in the book of Galatians to the church in Galatia – Galatians 6:7, 8 – Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. (Verse 8) For he who sows to the flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the spirit will of the spirit reap everlasting life.

The erroneous thinking that once we admit the wrong, all consequences will be wiped away is far from the truth. Yes, we are forgiven, and then grace steps in and gives us the strength to endure the consequences of our actions.

If you wreck your car while driving drunk, but are remorseful and promise never to drive drunk again, you still have a wrecked car. But now you’re going to have to figure out how to get around with no wheels. Consequences of wrongs have costs. The drunk driver was “Sowing to the flesh.”

Grace does not take away the consequences of sin, and that brings us to David.

When Nathan was speaking to David from God, he said, “I will cause trouble from your own family. I will cause your own family to rebel against you.” Had David been forgiven, yes, but his troubles were just beginning. David’s family becomes “Dysfunctional.”

When Nathan told David in 2 Samuel 12:11 to “Behold, I will raise up evil against you from your own house and that he will take his own wives before your eyes and give them to your companion,” God was talking about David’s own son.

That’s exactly what happened years later. His own son, Absalom, cohabited with some of David’s wives on the roof of the palace for all Israel to see (2 Samuel 16:21, 22).

Where did David first fall into sin? On his own roof when he looked down and saw Bathsheba bathing.

Then after Bathsheba had David’s child, the child dies.

Then later on, another one of David’s sons rapes his half-sister, Tamar. Amnon was attracted to Tamar, which was the blood sister of Absalom. With the help of a friend, Amnon pretends to be sick. He lures her into his bedchamber and rapes her. Tamar then tells Absalom what Amnon has done.

Now Absalom goes without saying anything for two years, but hates Amon. (2 Samuel 13:20, 22) Lust has led to rape, rape has led to hatred, and hatred leads to murder. Where was David all this time? The only thing we can find in scripture of what David’s response to this rape by his son is; Now when King David heard of all these matters, he was very angry (2 Samuel 13:21).

Years have gone by since David slept with Bathsheba and had her husband murdered, but he is still reaping the consequences of all these wives and the children they bore him.

You would have to have been very passive to not know that major trouble was brewing with the two sons that had not spoken to each other in two years.

All this time, Absalom is devising a plot to kill Amnon, and he succeeds (2 Samuel 13:28-30).

Absalom murders Amnon and then flees to Geshur. That is where his grandfather lived, his mother’s father, who was king of Geshur.

Then scripture tells us in 2 Samuel 14:28, Absalom lived there and did not see David the entire time. But at some point, Absalom worms his way back to David and into the king’s and the people’s heart.

Absalom sits at the city gates and when people come to see David with a grievance, Absalom intercepts them. He wins them over by telling them bad things about his father so that they agree with him to overthrow David’s throne!

2 Samuel 15:14 – So David said to all his servants who were with him at Jerusalem, “Arise, and let us flee; or else we shall not escape from Absalom. Make haste to depart, least he overtake us suddenly and bring disaster upon us, and strike the city with the edge of the sword.”

Is this the same David that killed Goliath with no fear? David leaves the palace with everyone but 10 concubines, to keep the house. After David flees to the Mount of Olives is when Absalom pitches a tent on the roof of the palace and takes David’s concubines (2 Samuel 16:22).

In Chapter 18, we see Absalom raging a battle against David’s servants. Then starting in verse 9, scripture describes Absalom riding on a mule and the mule went under a tree, but Absalom’s head (hair) gets caught and the mule walks off. Absalom was left hanging and died. Even though Absalom had done these despicable things, David was filled with anguish, when he learned that Absalom was dead.

The Bible says that David was a man after God’s own heart, but what happened? Down through the years of over indulging in wives and children being born, parental neglect, abusive behavior that was never disciplined, unresolved conflicts arose and passivity took place. The consequences of years ago actions by David had come home to roost.

David Part 28

David Part 28

 

Now the Confrontation

So, here is David, the great man of God, King of Israel who commits a series of terrible sins that leads to terrible consequences. Rather than admit it, he covered them up with premeditated murder. Did God strike him down immediately? No! Months go by and God seems to be asleep.

People seem to get by with all kinds of wrongs that have been done to others, for a time. They willfully know what they are doing is wrong, but continue because they haven’t been caught. Things done in secret when deception is involved will be exposed as lies and will be found out; murders will be caught and plots will come to light. The world calls it “Karma,” but God calls it “Justice.”

David’s acts of sin were done in secret and willfully. He knowingly slept with another man’s wife, had her husband killed, and deliberately lived a lie the following months.

What was evil 3, 000 years ago, is still evil in God’s eyes today. If a person is married to another and sleeps with someone else, it’s still called adultery! When we try to reason away what we are doing, it can only lead to disaster. That is exactly what happened to David.

There are two kinds of guilt, true guilt and false guilt. True guilt comes from willfully and knowingly disobeying God. False guilt comes from judgments and suggestions from man. False guilt is when some judge others by their own convictions. They place them on others such as; a woman should only wear dresses, different restrictions, and so on.

You can look at it this way: If a warning light comes on in your car, you can either stop the car and check out what’s wrong or you can take a hammer and bust the warning light out so you don’t have to see it anymore. However, choosing the hammer will eventually lead to your car breaking down somewhere down the road.

Some Christians carry imaginary hammers to cut off their conscience. When the light of true guilt comes on, they bust it out, cut it off. Then if they continue to do those things, then realize what a dumb decision that was.

David was not relaxed after all these events. He had sleepless nights; he was miserable; and he had no joy. David’s is about to have a sudden moment of truth. In confronting another of their sin, timing is as important as the words we speak. However, we have to be sure that we were sent by God.

2 Samuel 12:1 – Then the Lord sent Nathan to David. And he came to him, and said to him: There were two men in one city, one rich and the other poor.

No one that surrounded David would tell David the truth. David respected God’s prophet, so he listened.

2 Samuel 12:2, 3 – “The rich man had exceedingly many flocks and herds. (Verse 3) But the poor man had nothing, except one little ewe lamb which he had bought and nourished; and it grew up together with him and his children. It ate off his own food and drank from his own cup and lay in his bosom; and it was like a daughter to him.”

By now, David must have been intrigued. He could probably sense that something was about to happen. Nathan continued.

2 Samuel 12:4 – “And a traveler came to the rich man who refused to take from his own flock and from his own herd to prepare one for the wayfaring man who had come to him, but he took the poor man’s lamb and prepared it for the man who had come to him.”

Anyone with any compassion or empathy would get angry with the rich man.

2 Samuel 12:5, 6 – Then David’s anger was greatly aroused against the man, and he said to Nathan, “As the Lord lives, the man who has done this shall surely die! (Verse 6) And he shall restore fourfold for the lamb, because he did this thing and because he had no pity.”

God’s timing is perfect. David believes Nathan is telling him about a rich man in Jerusalem. He’s king after all, and will make this man pay for what he has done. However, David is about to be confronted face to face with the truth, a rebuke from the Lord. These are not Nathans words. These next words came directly from God.

2 Samuel 12:7-12 – Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man! Thus says the Lord God of Israel, ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. (8) I gave you your master’s house and your master’s wives into your keeping, and gave you the house of Israel and Judah. And if that had been too little, I also would have given you much more! (9) Why have you despised the commandment of the Lord, to do evil in His sight? You have killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword; you have taken his wife to be your wife, and have killed him with the sword of the people of Ammon. (Verse 10) ‘Now therefore, the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised Me, and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife: (Verse 11) Thus says the Lord: ‘Behold, I will raise up adversity against you from your own house; and I will take your wives before your eyes and give them to your neighbor, and he shall lie with your wives in the sight of the sun. (Verse 12) ‘For you did it secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel, before the sun.”’

Wow! If we are ever commanded by God to be that messenger, be sure, and do it skillfully and do it humbly, as Nathan did. Anytime you are called to confront another, call it what it is. Don’t try to sugar coat it or redefine it. Don’t explain it away. We have to learn to call sin what it is—sin. But remember, we also have sinned, so stay humble and full of compassion. This has nothing to do with confronting everyone you know about what they are doing that you don’t like. This is confronting a close friend or family member, someone you love and telling them that they are doing wrong and need to stop. We do it out of love for them. When you do, it will cause that person’s heart to melt and realize they have done wrong, they have sinned.

People don’t like to confront anyone anymore about anything. Most of the time it’s because they are in fear of an argument. But what you don’t confront will stay, “right where it is at.”

David’s response was the right response.

2 Samuel 12:13, 14 – Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” And Nathan said to David, “The Lord has also put away your sin; you shall not die. (Verse 14) However, because by this deed you have given great occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme, the child also that is born to you shall surely die.”

When there is an admittance of guilt, relief will come. Nathan’s mission was complete. He turned and walked out. David is relieved to the point of writing Psalm 51. But, there is one detail of David’s sin he will have to deal with soon.

Yes, our God forgives us but the consequences of our actions can linger much longer than the pleasure we had while going against God’s principals.

To be effective when confronting another remember: We need to confront in absolute truth, right timing, wise wording, and fearless courage. If you know God sent you, just do it.

Get the facts straight first. Never go on what somebody else told you that so and so has said. And don’t tell two or three people first of what you are going to do. Without absolute truth, it could just be gossip.

Be thoughtful in your timing or you will drive that person away. If we stay prayerful and sensitive to the Lord, we will know when it’s the right timing. And, like Nathan, do it privately.

Nathan didn’t just walk up to David and scream, “You are in sin, and you are a murderer!” He used wisdom in his wording and in how he approached him.

Proverbs 25:11, 12 – A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver. (Verse 12) Like an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold is a wise reprove to an obedient ear.

Your courage to confront another will come from the Lord, knowing that he sent you.

How will we know the person is truly repentant? If a person holds back the truth or part of it or makes excuses, they are not repentant. However, if the person makes an unguarded admission of what they’ve done, then turns around and goes in the opposite direction and makes a complete break from what they were doing, then they’re on the right path. True repentance will not leave you angry or defensive.

When we are confronted with our sin, we have the assurance of God’s forgiveness through the blood of Jesus Christ. This comes from God’s Holy Spirit giving us conformation on the inside and His Word.

Proverbs 28:13 – He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion.

Yes, we are forgiven of past, present, and future sin when we believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, but we also need to admit when we have wronged another. A clear conscience makes “One happy Christian!”

David Part 27

David part 27

 

2 Samuel 11:5 – And the woman conceived, so she sent and told David and said, “I am with child.”

When we are in a panic, we don’t make wise decisions. If we try to cover up the wrong we have done, we‘ll just make a bigger mess. Why is it so hard to just admit we did something wrong? I guess it’s the same reason some people won’t say, “I’m sorry.”

David was in a panic! He had slept with another man’s wife and now she was carrying his child. He sets a plan in motion that can only backfire.

2 Samuel 11:6 – Then David sent to Joab, saying, “Send me Uriah the Hittite.” And Joab sent Uriah to David.

So, Joab sends for Uriah and Uriah goes before the king. David starts asking about Joab; how you doing; are you making progress in the battle? Then David makes it seem as though it’s a reward for coming to him and sends Uriah home with food for his entire household. He tells him to stay there for the night. But the next morning David finds out Uriah didn’t go home and he had stayed outside with the servants (2 Samuel 11:7-13)

Plan 1 – failure! So, here is Uriah, the good and faithful warrior sleeping at the palace door instead of going home. The very next day he got Uriah drunk thinking surely he’ll go home and sleep with his wife now. Nope, not a chance. Uriah wasn’t going home to his wife or a warm bed while his comrades were out in a field somewhere. That alone should have made David ashamed. This foot soldier had more integrity than the king of Israel did.

David is going to have to escalate his plan. (Oh, what tangled webs we weave.)

This next plot is really heartless on David‘s part. He sends a message to Joab, by the hand of Uriah, to the battlefield for Uriah to be put on the frontline.

2 Samuel 11:15 – And he wrote in the letter saying, “Set Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retreat from him, that he may be struck down and die.”

There’s always one other person that knows what we have done, besides God.

Joab did as he was ordered. He put Uriah on the frontline and retreated. Uriah was killed (2 Samuel 11:16-18).

David has now dragged another person into his plot. Joab probably put two and two together, but realized this information would come in handy later on, if he kept quiet. We call this “job security,” or “black mail.”

Joab was not a person of integrity. He knew exactly what David was asking him to do.

When someone asks us to be part of a plot to deceive another, we say no! When you are a Bible believing Christian, deception should be plain.

Making excuses and reasoning with ourselves will make us think, “This will all work out, or no one will know.”

After a few days of respectable mourning her husband, Bathsheba is sent for by David (2 Samuel 11:27). (Just what exactly is respectable mourning?)

I think God put this part of David’s life into scripture to show us how deception and sin can have devastating consequences. How could a man, anointed by God, blessed beyond imagination, murder another, and take his wife?

Because, like David, we’ve all been led by the flesh instead of being led by the spirit, what we desire, and lust for. There is nothing more damning than “hidden sin.” If you want to know the anguish David felt over what he had done, read Psalm 32:3, 4 – When I kept silent, my bones grew old through my groaning all the daylong. (4) For day and night Your hand was heavy on me; and Psalm 51:3, 4 – for I acknowledged my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. (4) Against You, You only have I sinned, and done this evil in Your sight-that You may be found just when You speak, and blameless when You judge.

I have had people ask me before, “Why do I feel so condemned when I know I shouldn’t drink alcohol and then do?” They would stop for a while and think they were delivered and then pressure from their surrounding friends would encourage them to do it again. The next day would be agonizing for them. My simple answer would always be, “Find some different friends to hang out with.” Stop associating with people who will entice you to fall back on the area you are weak in. As long as the enemy knows, you have a struggle in a certain area, that’s what he will continually tempt you with.

In David’s case, he thought the only two people who knew what he and Bathsheba had done were them. Not so. You can’t hide a baby in the belly.

David Part 26

David part 26

 

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.