"THE STRENGTH OF THE SOUL IS THE WEAKNESS OF THE BODY."
Monday, April 30, 2012
EVEN DAVID WAS WRONG
2 Samuel 11-12
As David walked on the roof of his house one evening, he saw a beautiful woman taking a bath. Someone told him she was Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah, a Hittite soldier off fighting with David’s army. David should have put Bathsheba out of his mind when he heard she was married, but he didn’t.
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David makes his worst mistake yet. He takes his neighbor's wife, and tries to cover it up. He kills the woman's husband when he can't conceal the error. But YHWH knows the truth. Can we hide from YHWH? No. Can we cover up our sin? No - it just leads to more sin.
David has a habit of letting situations escalate. When he was hiding in Ziklag, his lies became betrayal. When he moved the ark incorrectly, Uzzah died. Now, a man and a baby die for his sin.
* David acts as if he has done nothing wrong- even to God! So God sends the prophet Nathan to tell David a story.
Nathan tells David he is just like this man because he took Uriah's only wife. David is very upset. He begs God's forgiveness and prepares to do what he can to restore his relationship with God.
* Although he is forgiven, David had serious consequences to deal with. First, the child conceived would die. Also - David's many children would always fight. This is especially hard on David because he loves all his children very much.
We can be forgiven, but there may still be consequences of our sins. Uriah was still dead, despite David's repentance.