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2 Samuel 11-14

3/29/2019

A Devotional Journey
     led by Dr. Gene Pearson                                                                                                             
Thru the Bible in a Year

       This is the story of David’s adultery with Bathsheba.  The opening verse of chapter eleven makes clear that something bad is about to happen:  In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out...  Why did he not go himself?  Whatever the reason, David would not have gotten into this trouble if he had been where he was supposed to be.
       From the roof of his royal palace, David sees Bathsheba bathing, and he sent for her in order to have sex with her.  She seems a willing participant (although it is hard to be sure given the power David has as king), and in fact may not have been visible by accident as she bathed in a place from which she must have seen the king on his rooftop before.
       In taking Bathsheba David breaks the 6th, 7th, 9th and 10th commandments (see Exodus 20:13-17).  It is a fascinating fact that God still loves David at the end of his life, even though he has broken these key commandments.  There is hope for us!
       A problem arises when Bathsheba discovers she is pregnant.  When her husband, a loyal mercenary in David’s army comes home, she tries to set up a claim for his paternity; however, Uriah, her husband, refuses even to stay in the same house with her until the battle in which his fellow soldiers are engaged is over.
       Having failed at the more subtle approach to his problem, David becomes more direct and sends Uriah to his death, giving the order that he is to be put in front of the army before a city under siege after which the others will withdraw.  As planned by David, Uriah is killed and David is now free to marry the widow.
       His confrontation with Nathan in chapter twelve is one of the highlights of Old Testament narrative, and shows how subtle and yet pointed a prophet could be.  After the child of David and Bathsheba dies and he grieves, David encounters another problem in his own family.  His son Amnon rapes Tamar, sister of Absalom, and Absalom kills him.  David banishes Absalom from his table and the stage is se for Absalom’s revolt against his father.
 
       Do you ever find yourself in the wrong place:  doing something you should not be doing, something you would not be doing, partially because your actions and decisions have put you in a tempting position? Do you ever want the wrong thing – something that is off limits or out of legitimate reach?  Because of one quick decision, David becomes a murderer, an adulterer, and a covetous person.  How could God forgive David?  Will He forgive people in our day for such acts?  The Bible says only rejecting Jesus as God’s Son is unforgivable.  Therefore, anything else may be asked. 
       For what would you like forgiveness today?  How God help you make sure you are in the right place at the right time?  Ask God’s forgiveness and help.  He is willing when we ask in recognition of His rightful place of Lordship in our lives.
 
A. Eugene Pearson 2011