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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Desire (01/17/05)

TITLE: David And Bathsheba
By Annette Agnello


King David grew up knowing he would be king. From a humble shepard to giant-killer, from king's armor bearer to son-in-law, finally from fugitive to king. God had declared David a man after his own heart. But after becoming king David did not follow the Lord as he once had.

In second Samuel 11 you find the story of David and Bathsheba. It tells of their meeting and what happened between them.

In the spring of the year kings would lead their armies into battle. Instead of being with his troops as he should have been he was at home. When you're in the wrong place you can do the wrong thing. David did several things wrong first he watched his lovely neighbor take a bath in her garden. Now we would call him a peeping Tom for that, but he was king so it was all right in his eyes.

From all accounts Bathsheba was a beautiful woman and the king passionately desired her. He sent for her knowing she was married to another man. He was breaking one commandment by his desire and breaking another by acting on it.

Bathsheba got pregnant. David wanted to cover up his shameful act by arranging for Uriah to come home from the war to sleep with his pregnant wife so he would think it was his child. Uriah failed to do as desired. As an honorable man his loyalty to his comrades in arms outweighed his desire for his wife even after the king did his best to get him drunk. After discovering the attempted cover up was doomed to failure David made plans to break a third commandment he planned to have Uriah killed.

The king of Israel desired something he had no right to badly enough to break one after another of God's ten commandments to get it. Consider, have you had an unreasonable desire you would go to any lengths to get?

David repented to get back in God's good graces. Have you? In taking back someone who did all David did the Lord proved there's hope for the worst of us.

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Dan Blankenship 01/24/05
I really enjoyed this article. The story of David and Bathsheba has always stood out among readers of the Word. It is proof that when we fall down we must get back up. Even when we fall hard.

L.M. Lee01/24/05
aren't you glad God doesn't put a "spin" on people's lives, but they are real...uglies and all!
Dave Wagner01/26/05
Funny that you wrote this…I taught this one time during a jail ministry meeting, using it as an example of how one sin could snowball into many, and come back to bite you (relating it to how many of the inmates could point back to a single sin that led them to the jail). Another minister whom I greatly respected was in attendance, listening, and later told me he thought I was way off base by saying that King David shouldn’t have been at home, but rather out with his troops – and how that was his initial sin that got the situation rolling.

It’s so nice to finally see someone that agrees with me on this – w00t!

In any case, I’m glad you posted this, though technically, the piece has some problems with punctuation and presentation. But your points come across clearly nonetheless.

By the way, Uriah the Hittite is listed among David’s Mighty Men…not many people know that. For him to do that to one of his own might men! Scandalous! :O
Phyllis Inniss01/26/05
This story is a good lesson for young and old alike. It shows how one sin just leads to another and another and so on until it destroys both the sinner and the one sinned against. But if we repent of our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us, as He did in David's case.
Deborah Anderson01/28/05
I'm always intriqued by this story and I like the way you ended it. There truly is "hope for the worst of us." Thank you. God bless you.
Angie Schulte01/30/05
Great article. I actually considered the very same topic. The topic was actually one of debate this week for me. David did so many things just exactly like this little incident, but yet the Lord still loved him. There is a lesson there somewhere even for our own lives. It isn't what we do as much as how we resolve it? I don't know, but it bears considering.