David & Bathsheba
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2 It happened, late one afternoon, when David arose from his couch and was walking on the roof of the king’s house, that he saw from the roof a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful. 3 And David sent and inquired about the woman. And one said, “Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?” 4 So David sent messengers and took her, and she came to him, and he lay with her. (Now she had been purifying herself from her uncleanness.) Then she returned to her house. 5 And the woman conceived, and she sent and told David, “I am pregnant.” 6 So David sent word to Joab, “Send me Uriah the Hittite.” And Joab sent Uriah to David.
2 Samuel 11:2-6 (ESV)
5 Then David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man, and he said to Nathan, “As the Lord lives, the man who has done this deserves to die, 6 and he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.” 7 Nathan said to David, “You are the man! Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you out of the hand of Saul. 8 And I gave you your master’s house and your master’s wives into your arms and gave you the house of Israel and of Judah. And if this were too little, I would add to you as much more. 9 Why have you despised the word of the Lord, to do what is evil in his sight? You have struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and have taken his wife to be your wife and have killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. 10 Now therefore the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised me and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.’ 11 Thus says the Lord, ‘Behold, I will raise up evil against you out of your own house. And I will take your wives before your eyes and give them to your neighbor, and he shall lie with your wives in the sight of this sun. 12 For you did it secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel and before the sun.’” 13 David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” And Nathan said to David, “The Lord also has put away your sin; you shall not die. 14 Nevertheless, because by this deed you have utterly scorned the Lord, the child who is born to you shall die.” 15 Then Nathan went to his house.
2 Samuel 12:5-15 (ESV)
David’s consequences for his sin:
- Raise up evil against him out of his own house
- It will also happen to him
- The sword shall never part from his house
- The child just born to them would soon die.
WHY did he do this when he had so much going for him?
- He Despised
- He Coveted
- He Took
- He Tried to Cover up
- He Used His Power and Position
- He Ignored
God brought about a redemptive work in David’s life, with his wife and with those in his kingdom.
- God gave David and Bathsheba not just one child but four more. 1 Chronicles 3:5
- God gave David a whole heart for Him, and a promise his son would build a temple for God and one would reign through his line forever – Jesus. 1 Chronicles 17:10-12 (ESV)
- God gave David victory over all his enemies. 1 Chronicles 18:13-14 (ESV)
Big Idea: God is our Redeemer. He can take someone so bad and make them into someone so new. He can take a mess and transform the consequences into something only He could have done. He loves us that much!