Scripture Read: 2 Samuel 11 -12
Title: David's Sin With Bathsheba
(H) Highlight verse: "Nathan said to David, 'You are that man! Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, 'I anointed you king over Israel and I delievered you out of the hand of Saul... Why have you despised the word of the LORD, to do what is in His sight? You have struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and have taken his wife to be your wife and have him killed with the sword of the Ammonites'" 2 Samuel 12: 7 & 9
(E) Explain: King David was hanging out on the rooftop relaxing while all the other men of Israel were out fighting battles. As he was walking around he caught a glimpse of a beautiful woman named Bathsheba taking a bath. As he was gazing his lust overtook him and he has Bathsheba come over to his place and they end up having an adulterous affair. After his romp in the hay he finds that she has become pregnant with David’s child. She was a married woman. David tries to cover his sin by trying to manipulate the situation.
(A) Application: Sin is a nasty thing. When we become followers of Jesus this does not make us perfect or shielded from sin. No, as believers we are all prone to sin. Everyday we face the decision as to whether we will give in to the temptation of sin or not. Unfortunately we all give in to temptation and end up sinning. The good news is God is a loving and merciful God and He will forgive when we truly repent and seek his forgiveness. We read in the Bible that a broken and contrite heart the LORD will not despise.
The troubling thing about this passage is that David tried to cover his sin, he tried to get away with it, but God sent the prophet Nathan to confront him and call him out. I am sure in the moment David may have felt that Nathan was being harsh with him and being unmerciful, but Nathan was being a true friend by calling David out for his sins. I pray that you and I can have Nathan's in our lives to confront us in our sins and lovingly help us along the road to restoration.
(R) Respond: LORD, I thank you for the Nathan's in my life. Without these people I would probably be living a life of unchecked sins. Thank you for your forgiveness and thank you that in Jesus Christ we are forgiven.
Jeff has been in full-time ministry for thirty years. He currently serves as Executive Director at Anchor House Ministry at SeaPort Manatee in Palmetto, FL and he is a part-time Campus Pastor at West Bradenton Southside in Bradenton, Florida.
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