2 Sam 11:1-27
This is a very popular historical event in the bible, more so because of what is involved (adultery), and who was involved (David). Who would have seen this coming, or thought that a man after God’s own heart, who also spoke of “how the mighty are fallen” would himself fall and bow to the temptation of adultery? We should also remember that David before this time had numerous wives and a lot of children, so it is really difficult to analyse exactly what went wrong.
One quick observation I made was the fact that for once, David who had always been known to call on God for decisions, or talked about as being helped of God, had a whole chapter written of him in which he did not think on or call on God, not in the face of temptation, not in the face of the physical war Israel was losing, which he also declined to attend. David strolled “lazily” on the roof of his house at a time when kings should be at war, caught glimpse of Bathsheba having her bath and saw how beautiful she was. He allowed the lust of the eyes to take over, sent for the woman, and slept with her, and she became pregnant.
In contrast, Uriah, Bathsheba’s husband showed what we would have expected of a man of David’s calibre. It was even to the point that a drunk Uriah behaved more sensibly than David in thinking more of his Lord and the ark, his nation, his captain and fellow soldiers, rather than the comfort of his home and wife. His loyalty led to his final death from the hands of David as one sin led to the other. David’s attempt to cover up his sin when Bathsheba told him of her pregnancy led to the death of Uriah – an innocent and loyal man. David eventually took Bathsheba to be his wife, and had a son from her.
God was clearly displeased with what David did. What happens next? Is there a way back to God for David? We will continue on this tomorrow.
Some verses to remember
vs 2: And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king’s house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon.
vs 11: And Uriah said unto David, The ark, and Israel, and Judah, abide in tents; and my lord Joab, and the servants of my lord, are encamped in the open fields; shall I then go into mine house, to eat and to drink, and to lie with my wife? as thou livest, and as thy soul liveth, I will not do this thing.
vs 27: And when the mourning was past, David sent and fetched her to his house, and she became his wife, and bare him a son. But the thing that David had done displeased the LORD.