Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Thou Art the Man!

May 13: 2 Samuel 11-12 & 1 Chronicles 20

1 In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle, David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel. And they ravaged the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem.

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.”
2 Samuel 11:1-5, English Standard Version of the Bible

Thou Art the Man!

The story of David and Bathsheba would hardly raise an eye in our culture. We hardly expect no better from our leaders. It is truly a tragic story in the life of David; one from which he never fully recovered for the rest of his life.

David should have gone to war with Joab--as a matter of fact, Joab had to call him to the battle when the army was about to capture an Ammonite city. What is the saying? Idleness is the Devil's workshop. It certainly proved to be true in David's life.

But, the story does not end here; David commited adultery, but then to cover up his deed, he arranged to have Uriah, the husband of Bathsheba killed in battle. This is David--the man after God's own heart!

Nathan, the prophet confronted David with this story:

1 And the Lord sent Nathan to David. He came to him and said to him, “There were two men in a certain city, the one rich and the other poor. 2 The rich man had very many flocks and herds, 3 but the poor man had nothing but one little ewe lamb, which he had bought. And he brought it up, and it grew up with him and with his children. It used to eat of his morsel and drink from his cup and lie in his arms, and it was like a daughter to him. 4 Now there came a traveler to the rich man, and he was unwilling to take one of his own flock or herd to prepare for the guest who had come to him, but he took the poor man's lamb and prepared it for the man who had come to him.” 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.”
2 Samuel 12:1-6

Then, what were Nathan's words to David? Thou art the man!

No matter who we are, and no matter how close we have come to the Lord, we are continually plagued by the temptations of Satan, and our own sin nature. It is never usually a sudden drop, but rather a subtle change--hardly noticeable at first. How can we prevent this?

Go to God daily; do not neglect to spend time with the Lord each day. We are weak creatures who need to be reminded again and again of the faithfulness and forgiveness of our God.

Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.
James 4:8

God forgave David, but David still had to suffer the results of his sin.

Let this be a sobering reminder to us! May God never send His prophet to us saying, Thou art the man!

God Bless You,

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