Sunday, May 6, 2012
Welcome to Day 126 of our Life Journal!
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
2 Samuel 11:1, “In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king’s men and the whole Israelite army. They destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained in Jerusalem. 3 David sent someone to find out about her. The man said, “Isn’t this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite?” 4 Then David sent messengers to get her. She came to him, and he slept with her. (She had purified herself from her uncleanness.) Then she went back home. 5 The woman conceived and sent word to David, saying, “I am pregnant.””
v 27, “The thing David had done displeased the Lord.”
2 Samuel 12:13, “Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.”
Psalm 51:10, “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. 11 Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. 12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.”
Matthew 23, Jesus warns against hypocrisy, proclaims woes upon the teachers of the Law and Pharisees.
What comes to mind is “Oh, how the mighty have fallen…”
David, a man who had everything… a wealthy king, a war hero, slayer of Goliath, honoring, generous, instituted worship at the altar, had many wives and children already, but made one critical mistake (sin) by sleeping with Bathsheba.
I’ve heard this passage taught before, “In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king’s men and the whole Israelite army… But David remained in Jerusalem.” As though that was his first mistake. That he shouldn’t have been home in the first place, like that was the issue.
However true that may be, he could have spotted Bathsheba from his rooftop and simply walked away… gone back to bed… with any of his wives… Instead, he sent for Bathsheba.
At any step along the way, we can circumvent the big sins in our lives. Stay out of the bar, don’t contact the old girlfriend from high school, think through the potential consequences of what we are considering… remember that God is watching.
One of my goals in life is to not succumb to anything that could blow my life apart. I’ve seen it too many times…
People rationalize what they have done, or are about to do, by saying, “God will forgive me.” True… but the damage path will be wide and long. God forgave David immediately, but the child still died. His sin found him out… Nathan came to him and rebuked him. David paid a high price for what he had done.
Then, in (what I would consider) an odd twist of grace, Bathsheba bore to David a son, Solomon, who would eventually build the temple. v 24, “She gave birth to a son, and they named him Solomon. The Lord loved him.”
Why not any of David’s other sons from any of his other wives? Why Bathsheba? Why this son?
To me, this is a great picture of
redemption and restoration.
I wouldn’t have worked it out this way, would you? By allowing the son of a woman, whose husband David had killed to cover up his adulterous act and eventual pregnancy, to build the temple?
But that’s how God is. He is faithful and does things differently that I would.
David is a great example of what Jesus was talking about to the Pharisees and teachers of the Law when he told them to first clean the inside of the cup… not just the outside for the sake of appearance. David did what he did and then tried to cover it up by giving Uriah the Hittite opportunity to sleep with Bathsheba. When that didn’t work, he had him killed “by the sword of the Ammonites.” (He sent him to the fiercest battle possible.)
Then, he ever-so-smuggly replies at the announcement of Uriah’s death, to the messenger he replies, “Tell Joab, “Don’t let this upset you; the sword devours one as well as another.” (Que sera, sera…)
It’s only by your grace that any of us stand. All our sins, big and small, separate us from you. Thank you that your grace and mercy removes all of our sin… I’m amazed and so, so thankful!