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David has sinned before God. This caused the commission of other sins to cover up. Now David, a man after God’s own heart, is wracked with guilt. We can see in Psalm 32:3-4 some of what he is going through:
When I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away Through my groaning all day long. For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; My vitality was drained away as with the fever heat of summer.
If that weren’t enough, God sends Nathan with a message:
I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. I gave your master’s house to you, and your master’s wives into your arms. I gave you the house of Israel and Judah. And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more. Why did you despise the word of the LORD by doing what is evil in his eyes? You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife to be your own. You killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house, because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.’
“This is what the LORD says: ‘Out of your own household I am going to bring calamity upon you. Before your very eyes I will take your wives and give them to one who is close to you, and he will lie with your wives in broad daylight. You did it in secret, but I will do this thing in broad daylight before all Israel.’ “
The consequences of David’s choices are mounting. Not only did a woman get pregnant, her husband die, his army given reason to doubt his integrity, but now we see in this chapter the innocent son, born from David’s sin is going to die. All the guilt is more than David can bear.
David is quick to repent. And, God is faithful to forgive. Yet, the consequences remain. David’s actions will affect not only him, but his family for generations to come.
David was not looking for this to happen. He was looking for a moment of pleasure. He didn’t need another wife. He didn’t need more children. I’m sure if he would have thought it through a bit more, he would have made different choices.
The lesson to learn here is to keep our eyes on God. If we’re serving Him and keeping our eyes on Him, then we won’t see Bathsheba bathing in the moonlight. We’ll probably be off to war with the other kings. We can’t let our guard down – not even for a moment. Sin will destroy all we’ve been working to hard to accomplish. A moment of weakness can ruin the plans God has for us. He will turn what the enemy planned for evil into something good – but we’ll miss the original blessings God has for us.
Keeping my eyes on Him today…
There are 2 things that struck me as I read this chapter today.
First was how David was not where he should have been. For some reason, he decided to play hookey that fateful day he just happened to view Bathsheba up on the roof taking a bath.
In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king’s men and the whole Israelite army. They destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained in Jerusalem. One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing. Had he been where he should have been, “when kings go off to war”, this all would never have happened.
The other thing is how David’s actions bore more consequences than he probably though. As with most people when they sin, there are consequences to more than just ourselves when we choose do disobey God. Because of David’s decision to stay home and not go to war, he committed adultery, a child was born out of sin, and a faithful warrior and husband was murdered. Heinous. What about those in the army who knew about the order to abandon Bathsheba’s husband during war so that he would be killed? Did they not now question David’s authority? The Bible also mentions others who got killed in the line of duty while carrying out David’s evil plan to have this man killed in battle:
So while Joab had the city under siege, he put Uriah at a place where he knew the strongest defenders were. When the men of the city came out and fought against Joab, some of the men in David’s army fell; moreover, Uriah the Hittite died.
David’s actions affected those other men and their families as well.
What actions are you and I carrying out today that go against God’s will? How will those actions affect us? How will they affect those around us – those we love, those we know and even those we do not even know… Lord, help me keep my eyes on You today.