FRIDAY, MARCH 22
SCRIPTURE:2 Samuel 10
BY: Josh Boles
David is considered by God, to be a man after His own heart. It is chapters like 2 Samuel 11 that make us wonder how this could be. How can a man who commits adultery and murder be a man after God’s own heart? To be honest with you, I am not really sure. If we look at it logically, God’s heart would never commit adultery, or murder. This is why we should all be thankful that God’s grace in our lives is far from logical. We don’t deserve it, and we couldn’t earn it, but yet it is there. Today’s chapter in light of David’s success later on is proof of that.
Chapter 11 is one of those chapters that we could spend hours talking about and write fifteen pages on, and still have more content to discuss. Don’t worry, I am still only writing a page. I want to focus on a very specific concept today. David was not where he was supposed to be.
If you remember from yesterday, Joab stayed where he was to get ready for the spring battles, while David stayed in Jerusalem. I want you to play close attention to verse 1. The spring time was when all the kings went out to battle. It even tells us that ALL of Israel ,meaning the whole army, went out to battle but David did not. It is in this that we see a stark contrast. We see a contrast between life of a king who is at leisure in verse 2, and soldiers on the field in verse 11.
So there David was relaxing on his couch when he proceeded to his rooftop to soak up some good ole vitamin D. Other than a little bit of laziness, nothing major here right? But when David got up to his rooftop he saw a woman bathing, and he noticed that she was very beautiful. Lets stop and think about this for a second. History and archeological findings would lead us to believe that David’s palace towered over every other building, giving him the ability to see the whole city. This probably means that David would have been close enough to tell that there was a women bathing, but probably far enough away that he would have had to concentrate in order to determine whether she was beautiful or not.
Basically David lingered where he should not have lingered. He was so enticed by this sin that he actually sent a messenger to go fetch her. When the messenger brought Bathsheba back to the palace, David laid with her, and they conceived a child. To make matters worse, David even knew who the husband was. Uriah was on David’s list of his most fierce soldiers, but he proceeded to lay with his wife anyways.
Hopefully you have read the chapter, and if you have not yet, I’m sure you you have heard this story countless times. Here is a quick refresher. When David learned that Bathsheba became pregnant he called Uriah back from battle to his house in hopes that Uriah would sleep with his wife, and David would be off the hook. Seeing that this attempt failed, David sent one of his best soldiers to the front lines ensuring his death. When Bathsheba found out that Uriah was dead she lamented for him. David patiently awaited for the mourning to be over, and took her as his wife. Pretty messed up, right?
I think we can say with confidence that David dod not go up to the rooftop that day looking to become an adulterer, or a murderer. He was not doing anything immoral. Simply put, David was not where he was supposed to be. I think this is where we find ourselves as Christ followers sometimes. I pray that we would never intentionally seek out sinful activity, but non the less we live in a fallen world. Sin, and the effects of sin are all around us. We don’t have to seek after sin, it will find us. This is why we must be diligent and not let our guards down.
So just ask yourself this question. Are you where you are supposed to be? I an not necessarily saying are you where you are supposed to be spiritually, but are you physically, and mentally where you are supposed to be. Here is what I mean by that. Do you let your mind wonder, or are your eyes fixed upon the Lord. Are you physically chasing after a life of leisure, or are you on the battle front telling your friends and co-workers about the Gospel. I would encourage you this week to take a good hard look at your life. Are you where you are supposed to be?