Recently, we have experienced an oil spill off our coast. In trying to determine the cause, it appears that a ship’s anchor may have snagged it, thereby putting a hole in the pipeline.
These events can happen unexpectedly and cause a real mess. Sin is the same way. Recently, I was reading about King David and the immoral rupture that took place in his affair with Bathsheba.
In 2 Samuel 11:1, we read, “It happened in the spring of the year, at the time when kings go out to battle, that David sent Joab and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the people of Ammon and besieged Rabbah. BUT DAVID REMAINED AT JERUSALEM.” (It almost makes me wonder if what happened next was planned.)
In 2 Samuel 11:2-5 we are told the following:
· David got up one evening and walked on the roof of the king’s house.
· He saw a very beautiful woman bathing.
· He inquired as to who she was – he was told “she is the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Urich, the Hittite. (That didn’t make any difference to David.)
· He sent for her. Had sex with her. She returned home.
· Bathsheba conceived and sent word to David.
· David already had several wives.
· He was successful as a monarch.
· He was successful politically.
· He was successful spiritually.
In Acts 13:22, God is recorded as saying, ”I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after my own heart, who will do all my will.”
(Think of it – a man after God’s own heart. You don’t get a greater endorsement than that.)
· But at the pinnacle of his success, he failed morally.
· Even though David did his best to cover his sin, God knew all about it and held him accountable.
As we study what took place in David’s life, there is a clear pattern that sin follows:
A. Consider the Pattern of Sin.
We all have one thing in common. Romans 3:23 says “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (The only exception was our wonderful Savior Jesus Christ. 2 Cor. 5:21)
1. David, from his rooftop, saw Bathsheba – seeing was not a sin in itself.
2. He could have turned away, but instead, he desired her.
Someone once said, “We can’t keep the birds from flying over our heads, but we can keep them from building a nest in our hair.”
In James 1:14-15 we read, “But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin, and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.” That is powerful!
3. David planned the whole thing. He didn’t fall into sin – he walked right in with his eyes wide open. Sometimes we minimize sin, and say “it was only a little sin.” The problem with a little sin is it has a tendency to grow into more than we had imagined.
4. David sent for her and had sex with her.
5. When he learned she was pregnant, he tried to hide his sin, even to the point of making sure her husband would be killed in battle. Listen to the wisdom God gave to Solomon, in Proverbs 28:13 NGSB “He who covers his sin will not prosper. But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.”
B. The Problem of Sin.
In Galatians 6:7 NGSB the Apostle Paul wrote – “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.”
Forbidden fruit can look so appealing, but right after we have indulged, the sweetness turns sour and it is continually on our minds. Sin has a way of taking over and even dominates our thinking.
Satan encourages us to partake of the forbidden fruit, but once we do, then he hammers us with the fear of being found out. It is amazing the lengths people will go to trying to hide their sin. David thought he could sin and win. After all, he was the king.
C. Next, We Consider the Pain of Sin.
The writer of Hebrews refers to the “passing pleasure of sin.”
1. There was the spiritual pain of guilt that I am sure both David and Bathsheba felt when she realized she was pregnant.
2. I doubt if David could forget that he had arranged to have her husband killed.
3. There was the pain they both felt when the little boy died.
4. There was the pain that David experienced from the things that took place in David’s own family.
a. One son, Amnon raped his sister Tamar.
b. Absalom, another son, killed Amnon for what he had done to Tamar.
c. Absalom in time led a revolt trying to overthrow his father David, so he could rule the kingdom.
d. There was the pain David felt when his son Absalom was killed.
2 Samuel 18:33 – David cried “O my son, Absalom – my son, my son Absalom — if only I had died in your place! O Absalom my son, my son!”
D. The Procedure for Dealing with Sin.
1. Sin must be confessed. God sent a faithful prophet to David to confront him of his sin. 2 Samuel 12:5-14 NIV
“David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, “As surely as the Lord lives, the man who did this must die! 6 He must pay for that lamb four times over because he did such a thing and had no pity.”7 Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man! This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. 8 I gave your master’s house to you, and your master’s wives into your arms. I gave you all Israel and Judah. And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more. 9 Why did you despise the word of the Lord by doing what is evil in his eyes? You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife to be your own. You killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. 10 Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house, because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.’11 “This is what the Lord says: ‘Out of your own household I am going to bring calamity on you. Before your very eyes, I will take your wives and give them to one who is close to you, and he will sleep with your wives in broad daylight. 12 You did it in secret, but I will do this thing in broad daylight before all Israel.’” 13 Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” Nathan replied, “The Lord has taken away your sin. You are not going to die. 14 But because by doing this you have shown utter contempt for the Lord, the son born to you will die.”
2. Sin must be repented of. The Greek word for ‘repent’ is metanoia – it means a change of mind that will cause us from going in the wrong direction.
· True repentance will mean a change of mind and a change of direction.
2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
Are you trapped and weighed down by some sin you have been trying to hide? Satan will torment you endlessly over it. There is only one way to deal with it. Confess it, repent of it and receive the LORD’S forgiveness. Walk in the freedom forgiven people enjoy. 1 John 1:9“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”