2Sa 11:2 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.
2Sa 11:3 And David sent and enquired after the woman. And one said, Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?
2Sa 11:4 And David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in unto him, and he lay with her; for she was purified from her uncleanness: and
she returned unto her house.
2Sa 11:5 And the woman conceived, and sent and told David, and said, I am with child.
2 Samuel 11:1-13
Giving Rein to Self-Indulgence
This was not an isolated sin. For some time, backsliding had been eating out David’s heart. The cankerworm takes its toll before the noble tree crashes to the ground. See Psa_51:8. Joab and his brave soldiers were in the thick of a great conflict. Rabbah was being besieged and had not fallen. It was a time when kings went out to battle, but David tarried at home. It was a fatal lethargy. If the king had been in his place, this sin would never have besmirched his character.
A look, as in Eve’s case, opened the door to the devil. “Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity.” However great our attainments and however high our standing, we are all liable to attack and failure; but when we abide in Christ, no weapon that hell can forge can hurt us. When we have sinned, our only safety is in instant confession. This David delayed for a year and till forced to it. He was more eager to evade the consequences than to deal with his transgression. Sober David was far worse, here, than drunken Uriah. The singular self-restraint of the soldier threw the sin of the king into terrible and disgraceful prominence.
The key is what Meyer said and will be my main point.
David tarried at home. It was a fatal lethargy. If the king had been in his place, this sin would never have besmirched his character.
It was the time Kings always were at war, were expected to be so, if not in a period of no war.
We are in spiritual warfare every day, in the N.T, age it never stops, we are to man our stations, be engaged, taking ground, being sober, vigilant, on call 24/7. When we are off duty, by choice, or by distractions, or self-interests, we are on dangerous ground for sin to easily take us out of the purpose we are on this planet.
If King David had been doing his Kingly duty, if he had decided to go where he was supposed to be, he would have never seen Bathsheba to start with.
Lets look at Bathsheba as sin, it is always tempting us, if we take time off and decide, I am not going to battle today, I am taking time off, our Bathsheba’s will be the spiritual death of us.
It is not up to us to choose our battle, it is up to us to resist the devil daily and he must flee, but this takes prayer the word, examination, working for the lord and the power of the Holy Spirit. Putting on the full armor of God, and after having done all to stand, we stand, we do not retreat.
It is a time of very hard spiritual warfare, we can say I will sit this one out, If so that Bathsheba is bathing on the porch, you will see her and it will cause you to fall from grace, We must war against the flesh everyday, not one time a week.
The spirit war we are in is on going, it will not stop and we must obey our lord and report for duty, every single day we are alive. There is no other way to do it, this is simply what we are to do, and must do.
Jas 1:12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
Jas 1:13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
Jas 1:14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
Jas 1:15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
Jas 1:16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.
We dwell on things we should not, once temptation enters the mind, it is to be nipped in the bud and dealt with ASAP, when we dwell on it, think about it, the next step is we are consumed by the thought and lastly we do the thing. The lord never tempts us, he makes a way out of every temptation, he never allows us to be tempted above what we are able to endure, but with every temptation, he makes a way out. We must take the way out the lord provides.
This verse has been mis-taught a long time, People say, the lord never gives us more than we can handle, in context it is not talking about trials and tribulations, sorrow, hardship, it is talking about temptation, remember that the next time one misquotes this verse, and mis -applies it, we always are given a way out, let us take that way out when we are tempted beyond what we can handle, the way will show up, but few accept the way out, continue to dwell on the sin, and like David, decide to compromise and stare at the Bathsheba standing and bathing, we do not have to live this life , we have a way out, we have a choice.
I pray reader you make the right choice if you are being tempted, or in the future.