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Topic: Desire (01/17/05)
TITLE: David And Bathsheba
By Annette Agnello
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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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