January 24, 2021
2 Samuel 11:1-17 (NLT)
In the spring of the year, when kings normally go out to war, David sent Joab and the Israelite army to fight the Ammonites. They destroyed the Ammonite army and laid siege to the city of Rabbah. However, David stayed behind in Jerusalem.
2-3 Late one afternoon, after his midday rest, David got out of bed and was walking on the roof of the palace. As he looked out over the city, he noticed a woman of unusual beauty taking a bath. He sent someone to find out who she was, and he was told, “She is Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite.”
4-5 Then David sent messengers to get her; and when she came to the palace, he slept with her. She had just completed the purification rites after having her menstrual period. Then she returned home. Later, when Bathsheba discovered that she was pregnant, she sent David a message, saying, “I’m .”
6-7 Then David sent word to Joab: “Send me Uriah the Hittite.” So, Joab sent him to David. When Uriah arrived, David asked him how Joab and the army were getting along and how the war was progressing.
8-9 Then he told Uriah, “Go on home and relax.” David even sent a gift to Uriah after he had left the palace. But Uriah didn’t go home. He slept that night at the entrance with the king’s palace guard.
10-11 When David heard that Uriah had gone home, he summoned him and asked, “What’s the matter? Why didn’t you go home last night after being away for so long?” Uriah replied, “The Ark and the armies of Israel and Judah are living in tents, and Joab and my master’s men are camping in the open fields. How could I go home to wine and dine and sleep with my wife? I swear that I would do such a thing.”
12-13 “Well, stay here today,” David told him, “and tomorrow you may return to the army.” So, Uriah stayed in Jerusalem that day and the next. Then David invited him to dinner and got him drunk. But even then he get Uriah to go home to his wife. Again, he slept at the palace entrance with the king’s palace guard.
14-17 So, the next morning David wrote a letter to Joab and gave it to Uriah to deliver. The letter instructed Joab, “Station Uriah on the front lines where the battle is fiercest. Then pull so that he be killed.” So, Joab assigned Uriah to a spot close to the city wall where he knew the enemy’s strongest men were fighting. And when the enemy soldiers came out of the city to fight, Uriah the Hittite was along with several other Israelite soldiers.
2 Samuel 11:26-27 (NLT)
When Uriah’s wife heard that her husband was dead, she mourned for him. When the period of mourning was over, David for her and brought her to the palace, and she became one of his wives. Then she gave birth to a son. But the Lord was displeased with what David had done.
Is this all unfair to Uriah? Yes and No – John 15:13 (NLT); There is no greater love than to down one’s life for one’s friends. (Uriah died with great protecting the King)
2 Samuel 12:1-3 (NLT); So, the Lord sent Nathan the prophet to tell David this story: “There were two men in a certain town. One was rich, and one was poor. The rich man owned a great many sheep and cattle. The poor man owned nothing but one little lamb he had bought. He raised that little lamb, and it grew up with his children. It ate from the man’s own plate and drank from his cup. He cuddled it in his arms like a baby daughter.
4-6 One day a guest arrived at the home of the rich man. But instead of killing an animal from his own flock or herd, he took the poor man’s lamb and killed it and prepared it for his guest.” David was furious. “As surely as the Lord lives,” he vowed, “any man who would do such a thing deserves to die! He must repay four lambs to the poor man for the one he stole and for having no pity.”
7-8 Then Nathan said to David, “ are that man! The Lord, the God of Israel, says: I anointed you king of Israel and saved you from the power of Saul. I gave you your master’s house and his wives and the kingdoms of Israel and Judah. And if that had not been enough, I would have given you much, much more.
9-10 Why, then, have you the word of the Lord and done this horrible deed? For you have Uriah the Hittite with the sword of the Ammonites and stolen his wife. From this time on, your family will live by the because you have despised me by taking Uriah’s wife to be your own.
11-12 “This is what the Lord says: Because of what you have done, I will cause your household to against you. I will give your wives to another man before your very eyes, and he will go to bed with them in public view. You did it secretly, but I will make this happen to you openly in the sight of all Israel.”
13-14 Then David to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” Nathan replied, “Yes, but the Lord has forgiven you, and you won’t die for this sin. Nevertheless, because you have shown utter for the Lord by doing this, your child will die.”
15-17 After Nathan returned to his home, the Lord sent a deadly illness to the child of David and Uriah’s wife. David begged God to the child. He went without food and lay all night on the bare ground. The elders of his household pleaded with him to get up and eat with them, but he refused.
18 Then on the seventh day the child . David’s advisers were afraid to tell him.
“He wouldn’t listen to reason while the child was ill,” they said. “What drastic thing will he do when we tell him the child is dead?”
Craving-Coveting- Colluding – Consequences
1 John 2:16 (NLT); For the world offers only a for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we , and in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world.
Lust of the , the ,
RENEW – Again
Psalm 51:10-12 (NLT); Create in me a clean heart, O God. RENEW a spirit within me. Do not banish me from Your presence, and don’t take Your Holy Spirit from me. RESTORE to me the joy of Your salvation, and make me willing to obey You.
RENEWED by the and of God – Anyone can be RENEWED by the grace and mercy of God!
Daniel 9:9 (NLT); But the Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against Him.
But David’s sins were really, really bad!
1 John 1:8-10 (NLT); If we claim we have no sin, we are only ourselves and not living in the But if we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to us from all wickedness. If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a and showing that His word has no place in our hearts.
Everyone begins with . RENEWAL is about the Believer.