Before the fall of Adam and Eve, God’s intention for his creation was a place without shame. Adam and Eve were described in Genesis 2:25 as being naked and feeling no shame. But after disobeying God and eating the forbidden fruit, their eyes became opened and they felt the shame of their nakedness. And because of this act of disobedience, there is a separation between God and man.
The story of the fall and rise of King David is one of the most documented episodes in the Bible. His stories were written to “give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled.” Romans 15:4 (NLT). David’s story shows us how God hates sin and how He would punish sin sooner or later. Every sin has its consequences. You will do yourself great harm in your relationship with God, when you sin and don’t repent of it.
All your lovers-your allies-have left you and do not care about you anymore. I have wounded you cruelly, as though I were your enemy. For your sins are many, and your guilt is great. Why do you protest your punishment- this wound that has no cure? I have had to punish you because your sins are many and your guilt is great. Jeremiah 30:14-15 (NLT)
David’s sin began when he refused to go to war and sent other soldiers to battle. Instead of being at the battlefront, David tarried still at Jerusalem, resting. Sin always begins when you are in the wrong place at the right time or vice versa. As believers, you must be careful and be watchful lest you fall into temptation. David was careless and became complacent, deriving so much pleasure from being a leader of Israel, but not always willing to pay the price.
Here is what you need to know. You can’t practice sin and go scot-free. David first committed adultery by deliberately looking at a very beautiful woman bathing. In this case, he committed the sin of ‘lookery’ and lust, thereby paying a dire consequence for several years of his life. Every sin compounds because one sin often leads to another.
Then David sent messengers to get her; and when she came to the palace, he slept with her. She had just completed the purification rites after having her menstrual period. Then she returned home. Later, when Bathsheba discovered that she was pregnant, she sent David a message, saying, “I’m pregnant.” Then David sent word to Joab: “Send me Uriah the Hittite.” So Joab sent him to David. When Uriah arrived, David asked him how Joab and the army were getting along and how the war was progressing. Then he told Uriah, “Go on home and relax. David even sent a gift to Uriah after he had left the palace.
2 Samuel 11:4-8 (NLT)
Instead of admitting his guilt and asking for immediate forgiveness, David further compounded his problems by using his hands to write a death-inducing letter about a person who’s right he had violated. The letter instructed Joab, the head of his army, to set Uriah in the forefront of an intense battle, that he may be smitten and die. To kill Uriah, some soldiers must also die as well to give the impression that Uriah died along with other soldiers. Although David was displeased by the slight incompetence of Joab, his heart was fairly gladdened by the news of the death of Uriah. The message Joab had sent brought the report of several dead soldiers in David’s army, but as soon as the servant informed David, saying, “Some of the king’s men were killed, including Uriah the Hittite.” 2 Samuel 11:24 (NLT), David immediately told the messenger, “Well, tell Joab not to be discouraged, the sword devours this one today and that one tomorrow! Fight harder next time, and conquer the city!” 2 Samuel 11:25 (NLT)
King David was fortunate that all the atrocities he committed were done during the Old Testament times- when people were still under the law, and not grace. As the law, which was given through Moses wasn’t perfect, God sent His Son, Jesus Christ to give us grace and truth. The bad news is that according to Romans 3:23, “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard” (NLT). But the good news is that Jesus Christ gave His life for us on the cross of Calvary, to be the sacrifice for our sin. In this era of grace, Jesus’ hands are being extended to us, no matter how sinful we are. Accept His invitation today!
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