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May 19, 2021 6:24 am
Why did David break.why this man after God's own heart break this law of God and his lesion committed sin & sin and looked at them like this man after his own heart experienced to repel the moments of hope we didn't sound like 10 names are synonymous with the Old Testament character. King David and Goliath and then see that one represents courage and any other adultery on today's broadcast pastor topic examines the contrast of the king.
A man after God's own heart. Let's look at David and Bathsheba. In fact you look at David's wife. There are two major names that are always associated with David the first one is Goliath. Second, what is Bathsheba. The first one signifies great courage.
The second one signifies great cowardice.
Let's look at the anatomy of adultery. If you have your Bibles turn to second Samuel chapters 11 and 12. That's what will look at today and it's a fascinating study because God made it very clear in the big 10 Commandments that to commit adultery was one of the greatest offenses against him. Exodus 2014 you shall not commit adultery. And for those of you say well I didn't do that when adultery really means any kind of sexual intimacy outside of marriage. So in our culture that's highly charged sexually. That makes a lot of people have to go God intended the intimacy of sexuality in the relationship between a man and a woman in marriage. So why did David break one of God's Big Ten. Why did this man after God's own heart break this law of God.
Let me give you three reasons that are off the top. In our text first one was. He was probably in a midlife crisis if you will.
He was around 45 to 50 years of age when the sin with Bathsheba occurred. I don't know if he opened his robe up so that the hairs on his chest could be seen, and he started wearing gold chains and got a Ferrari chariot to bind and ride around Jerusalem to make himself you I don't know many that went on but he was around that perfect age that perfect storm went off and adultery occurs in the life of men. Secondly, he was tremendously prosperous. He'd gone through 17 straight years of success.
Victory after victory after victory against all of his enemies.
In fact, interestingly, before the Israelites ever entered in the promised land. In Deuteronomy 1717 God said when you have a king, not notice. He really did never want them to have a king but he said when you do have a king and your king starts to try to amass large numbers of horses and large number of wives and large amounts of money. Beware and it's interesting.
David didn't fall prey with large amounts of horses to have his dependence on military might, or large amounts of money he always trusted God for that. But he did fall prey to the women he amassed 10 wives. Many concubines harems if you will. There was something in his heart that did not understand this whole idea of monogamy within marriage and in his prosperity he failed. I've learned through the years. My bet is you have to that success is a much greater temptation than failure. Success is a much greater temptation than failure because when you're successful, it usually leads to the third point of leisure and a sense of being bulletproof, and as we look at David in this text and second Samuel chapter 11 we see that he was very leisured and he was also seemingly bulletproof, at least in his own eyes.
Look at verse one 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 ravage the ammonites and deceives Rob but David remained in Jerusalem and it happened late one afternoon when David arose from his couch. Notice that it's lately afternoon and David is in bed instead of in battle. The text implies David as the King who was the general over the Army should have been in battle at this time his life but he was rather in bed. He was in a leisure lifestyle.
Late one afternoon he gets up after a nap and was walking on the roof of the king's house, David's palace was terrorist. It probably had the highest point in Jerusalem.
So he went out on his terrorist and he could look out over all Jerusalem. Maybe he even started pumping his chest and going man look what I've done.
Look at this city that I've been able to build wow magnificent in his eyes continued to wander that he saw from the roof. A woman bathing and the woman was very beautiful not just beautiful. She was very beautiful and in the Hebrew.
This implies she was one good-looking bay. She was a fine looking woman and David gazed at her and here's what's so interesting.
He kept on gazing. He didn't stop most all of our adultery or even thoughts of adults recall our cause because we gaze. We don't stop after the first look, we continue to gaze and were responsible for the second my mama used to say all the time, son. You can't keep the birds from flying over your head. You can keep them from building a nest in your hair. She was so right.
You can't keep the temptations from coming, you cannot keep the lustful thoughts from entering your mind. They are everywhere. Especially in our highly charged sexualized society, but you can keep those thoughts from building a nest in your hair. You aren't responsible for the first look, you are responsible for the second look. David days, Coach Smith, my college basketball coach said all the time guys, you can't take a playoff. You can't take a playoff that one place that you take off could cost to the game. The same is true with all of us. You can't take a day off. You can't take a days all you must you must guard your every single look and David sent, and inquired about the woman of that word sin is very interesting.
In the Hebrew. It implies the ability of one man to have power over another. It's a command. So David sends an choirs about the woman and one said is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of you. I am the wife of Uriah the Hittite. So one of the messengers who answers David's question who is that bay who is that beautiful woman almost implies from the very beginning.
David the look a second time. That's Bathsheba. Her mama is ill.
I am almost implying that David knew the mother personally, but the husband is Uriah the Hittite. Now why is that important. Last week I talked about David's leadership and how he had 37 mighty men who followed him in second Samuel chapter 23.
Look at the list of those mighty men and was absolutely fascinating as the last name on that list and second Samuel 23 is Uriah the Hittite. That means Uriah was one of David's closest companions.
He was one of David's closest friends and this person saying to David, don't you understand.
You might even know Bathsheba's mother why am but you certainly know her husband Uriah. He's one of your 37 mighty men.
He's one of your friends back off, but David thought he was bulletproof. So David sent a second time, messengers, and took her nonetheless. Pause for a brief moment. Some people have suggested through the years that Bathsheba is equally culpable as David and the sin, but there's nothing in the biblical text to indict her nothing but the fact that she was bathing in the late afternoon was most common during that day. Later, you'll see that she was going through a ceremonial cleansing was probably after her time of month and that was normal for Jewish women.
Moreover, taking a bath in the afternoon was normal because the water was often caught by the barrels after a rain and some would take a bath, not in the morning when the water was cool but in the afternoon after a hot day when the water was warm, let me ask you, do you prefer a really cold shower or really warm shower.
Obviously, the answer is we like warm showers, so did Bathsheba so there's nothing to indict her in the biblical text that she was a co-conspirator with David and he took it could be. He took her against her will, and how you turned down the king. How do you say no to the most powerful man in the world. Bill Clinton was asked why did you do that to Monica Lewinsky's answer because I could because I could. David thought he was bulletproof, he sent for her 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 and the woman conceived and sent and told David I'm pregnant. One sin one awkward moment one given time can change your life. That happened with David, so how in the world to see, begin to deal with this problem he has committed adultery. He's now got a child involved.
So here's what David does verse six. So David sent there's that word again word to Joab. That's his commander on the military field sending Uriah the Hittite and Joe absent Uriah to David when Uriah came to him. David ask how Joab was doing and how the people were doing and how the war was going then King David said to Uriah go down to your house and wash your feet and Uriah went out of the king's house and there followed him a present from the king and Uriah slept at the door of the king's house with all the servants of the Lord and did not go down was how to see what they was doing.
He is water dating.
The situation is a massive cover-up. He wants Uriah back from the battlefield command Joab his commander to bring him back. And while he's there, he's trying to entice him to go home and sleep with Bathsheba and the child is born and everybody thinks Uriah's but Uriah doesn't do that. He sleeps with the servants of David and when they told David Uriah did not go down to his house.
David said Uriah, have you not come from a journey.
Why did you not go to your house and Uriah said to David, the ark in Israel and Judah dwell in booths in my Lord Joab in the servants of the Lord are camping in the open field.
Shall I then go to my house to eat and to drink and ally with my wife as you live in as your soul lives. I will not do this thing. Uriah starts lecturing the king. Are you kidding me, Joab, and all your soldiers are out in the muddy field sleeping in tents and you call me back so I can go sleep with my wife.
Not going to happen.
David's cover-up increases. Then David said to Uriah remain here today also and tomorrow I will send you back so Uriah remained in Jerusalem that they in the next so David says couple few more days will certainly be enticed to go back to this beautiful woman and David invited him and he ate his presence and drank.
So they made him drunk to take the tractor Kid Rock to get him to go home to sleep with his wife in the evening he went out to lie on his couch with the servants of his lord, but he did not go down to his house. The man has what's commonly called character. When the morning. David wrote a letter to Joab and send by the hand. Uriah in the letter he wrote set Uriah in the forefront of the hardest fighting and then draw back from him that he may be struck down and die. David gives Uriah a letter to Joab instructing the put Joab on the front lines of the city of Ramah and as the fighting intensifies. Have the people draw back or he is alone and almost certainly die and Uriah carries the death warrant in his hand about himself to Joab, and of course the fighting continued on the city. Joab did what David wanted. The troops were withdrawn and Uriah was killed. The message was sent back in verse 21 word Joab says to David, your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead, so David hears this message and in his heart.
I'm sure he goes cover-up complete. No more questions asked.
But when the wife of Uriah the Hittite Bathsheba verse 26 heard that her husband was dead. She lamented over her husband and when the morning was over, David sent there's that word again he sent and brought her to his house and she became his wife and bore him a son. But the thing that David had done displeased the Lord. He thought he was bulletproof man in his leisure he committed sin after sin after sin after sin and God looked at the life of this man after his own heart, and it displeased displeased. When you stop and think about all the sins that David committed here, there was more than just adultery. If you really look at the 10 Commandments, the Big Ten, which are given to us by God to arrange social order that allows society to work. If you look at these particular sins, look at all the ones David committed against the 10 Commandments there was idolatry you love something more than God of there was lying there was stealing. There was coveting there was adultery there was murder in fact if you look at the list of everything that David did hear the only ones you can't really put a finger on his honoring your mother and father, though I'm sure that Jesse and David's mom would've been greatly dishonored had another son done this once a let's include that one. The only other ones might be graven images. Nothing like that seems to happen and also the Sabbath, but we don't know whether David committed the sin of the Sabbath duly so the truth is eight of the 10 David broke here, not in the New Testament very quickly. One of the purposes of the 10 Commandments. When the major purpose of the Techmeme is not just to be obeyed. Should you can't obey them to earn your righteousness. They are in response to your righteousness. In other words, you obey the law of God, not because you have to to earn salvation is because you want to prove your salvation but one of the major purposes of the 10 Commandments is to convict us of our sin, to show us how rotten our hearts are before God, to drive us to salvation. So let's do this that we've done before. How many of you have ever love something more than God.
The rest of you raise your hands.
Liar liar pants on fire. Come on now, all of us have haven't even ever broken the Sabbath and not honored by how many of you have ever not honored your parents totally and completely happy. There were live stolen. Having ever, did your neighbor's property sell Charlotte people come on now you are a raunchy bunch of godless reprobates. There's no question about that, but that's what the law supposed to do and in Jesus and in Matthew 527 Simona takes it to the real place where it belongs to seduce often through the years the heart of the matter is what matter the heart and what Jesus wants to change your hearts, not outward behavior and he said even if you look upon a woman lustfully you committed adultery. Okay how about that when guys know don't raise your hands. And I want to know okay but the truth is, all of our hearts are bent toward selfishness and self aggrandizement, and will seal a bit later why that is the case. David is guilty, guilty, his behavior is just please everyone and moments of hope with David listening coming out again enjoins me in the studio to talk about today's heaters will be right. This is the ministry minute, focusing on ministries that have a positive impact on our community. I Mark McManus and with me today is Bart Noonan with West Boulevard ministry Park tell us about West Boulevard ministry of taking versus up to speak about was for ministry and more poorly about Jesus Christ was Boulevard ministry serves a spiritual physical news that there was news with the was Boulevard, to the glory of Jesus Christ. Whether were doing neighborhood outreach cookouts galleries will bring people outside of their apartments their homes into fellowship with one another forward doing Bible study bingo the first Wednesday of every month Little Rock apartments and we gather anywhere from 50 to 70 children that we share the gospel with play bingo after our Bible study portion of the night and couple weeks ago young man walked without close to three years came in if he forgot something. Like a lot of young kids do. He forgot some in the space it came back in and the praying out myself and all the other volunteers for the West Boulevard ministry to gather there for that night, and let us all appear close to show men particular church every every Sunday for the past year and 1/2 and and that's what it's all about us, about providing opportunity for Jesus Christ working side someone's heart. Encourage the Mormon that sounds great number. If any of our listeners want to get in contact with you how they do that the best way to do is either myself and parked at West Bard ministry.board morning call me straight for myself and it always in some sort of doctor. The phones always on. That's not a 029890270 encourage folks to also get our website which is West Boulevard ministry.org and there you can see similar photo galleries and system of logs, a lot of things we do throughout the West Boulevard, to the glory Jesus Christ. It is great having you with us today.
Thank you very much and believe me today is our pastor David needed Thanksgiving today hi Jan I love being with you.
Your pleasure to be with and folks she is as pleasant to be around as her voice every time we are together again. I love this work. We get to deed together just advancing the king down and unpacking these nuggets of wisdom together in these moments this morning. Let's unpack this latest David is on that you call choose what's best for the team. Jan, it's a lesson I learned years ago for my college basketball Coach Dean Smith. He would emphasize this over and over again that if you have to choose between what's best for the individual or what's best for the team. Always choose the team and this is a leadership principle. That's good for those who are leaving a family. Those were leading a sports team. Those were leading an organization. The team is what wins games, not the individual so you got to always try to develop the team together for the ultimate best out, so in James III chapter verse 13 you have this phrase where there is envy and selfish ambition, there's every evil thing. So what brings about the destruction of a team and its ability to be cohesive and work together is usually envy.
When people start envying one another and also personal ambition that I will myself to succeed above the team and if you are leading an organization and you're seeing people striving for their own personal ambition. You need to squelch it immediately. You need to make decisions regarding what is best for the whole unit to succeed together and I think leaders are regularly confronted with that issue. You're going to have young people especially want to rise through the ranks to be successful and who might want everything to revolve around them and you've got to squelch that you got to nip it in the bud. You got to keep it from happening because it will in fact the team and it will destroy it's always choose the team over someone's personal ambition. One of the things that comes to mind as you're saying this is one of the most powerful things on experience in my life is humility from a leader when making acknowledging and landing a poor decision that just benefited me. I'm sorry. Can we start over is so powerful and as believers we get to hit that reset button as naturally as we once in grace. Great granddad and I can remember one time in church. I used to pastor that I introduced a new vision, but I inaugurated it much too fast and I did not get the proper buy-in from people that I needed and it kinda hurt people announce them and I had to stop and go back and regain the trust the people had for me and I remember one Sunday I just had to stand up and say to people you know what I think it's a great vision but I didn't give you a chance to buy in enough I made a huge mistake and I'm very sorry.
Please forgive me to stop and go back and explain it better to try to get the buy-in that I need Jen I think I probably earned a lot of brownie points. A lot of people's minds, just by admitting that I had made a mistake, I knew what happened in the church was much more important what happened to me and now I think trust is built with humility on the grounds of humility and other great versus Philippians 2 verses two through four where Paul talks about unity and how important unity is your Jesus talks about that as well. In John 17 that organizations and families that are together are much more's forceful in their ability to change the world so the enemy the devil's name means the divider you trying to divide people but the best way to have unity is by teaching that the team is more important than the individual.
We respect you as individuals we want you to succeed.
But the way you will succeed individually bested by the team succeeding. Could Smith used to say all the time all Americans are chosen from teams who win and I think that's so important, so it's a great truth will need to learn that the team is more important than the individual said again think he semi-stated.
Thank you Jen and it's great talking with all of you today if you'd like to receive these written moments of hope in your inbox every morning at 7 AM go to moments of hope, church.org, you can subscribe. Therefore my heart to yours free of charge that will arrive every morning to help give you a moment of hope moments of helpless senior pastor has moments of hope charts messages from our online worship service. You can be a part of our service each Sunday morning nine and 11 o'clock going to moments of hope church.org well your online sign up for gated daily moments of hope delivered every morning here in the evenings. Weekly hope they're both free and available through our website. Moments of hope church.org for the entire moments of hope church James Easton