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January 20, 2022 7:05 am
Today a warning from Chuck Swindoll you reach a certain level in life world, it seems, is looking up to you. It's so easy on sure self-awareness to lose the reality of your compromise and hypocrisy takes over and replaces what was once responsibility hypocrisy take the place of integrity so easily David's trajectory to prominence was impressive. Once a shepherd boy your roast a leader of Israel and was regaled as a noble pain but David, the Bible shows us wasn't perfect at one of the smallest moments included the stunning betrayal of trust. David took another man's wife and arrange to have the husband Hill today on Insight for living Chuck Swindoll not only recounts the true story, but more importantly shows us the lessons we can learn from David's failure and recovery, let's resume the message Chuck titled the integrity of a loyal husband blinded by loss that he is already his wives in the palace he wants another one for getting the respect for him. Adultery is committed. She quickly is on her way. I think David thought little of it by now skills as blinded him to even a concern about what is happened until he gets word from her changes everything. I'm pregnant you negative one thing I've got to get your wife in bed with his wife.
Whatever it takes verse eight.
David told Uriah going home and relax. David even sent a gift to Uriah after he left he spends the night in the palace entrance of all things. This top elite soldier rose up a garment and makes it his pillow and sleeps on the floor right there in the palace. The next morning, verse 10, when David heard that Uriah had not gone home some of what I would imagine Andy asked matter to go home last night after after being away for so long I love her wise reply letter to the integrity he is speaking to the king of Israel. I could not do that.
They are the Army's the armies of Israel and Judah are living in tents, Joab and your and your men are camping in the open fields. How can I go home to why diamonds sleep with my wife.
I swear I would never do such a thing. It's as if David shrugs and says all right stick around another day will have dinner together tonight and then you could go back tomorrow, so Uriah stayed we read stayed that day in Jerusalem and the next day David invited him to dinner and got him drunk.
Hello. Can David go if he can't convince him while he is sober. Maybe he will yield when he's inebriated, and even then we read Uriah doesn't go home again another night in the palace entrance. We read in verse 14. The next morning David wrote a letter to Joab and gave it to Uriah's death warrant. He knew that Uriah would never ever open that letter. That letter was safe in Uriah's pouch is exactly where it went.
Joab reads the instructions in the letter is telling me to have him kill. I am convinced my heart. He understood the command you will do it. He falls and puts it in his pouch and sees it is checkmate black male. When he needs Scott David just for he wants whatever's going on. This is wrong. This is instruction to take it out so Joab does exactly that. He assigned him to the point most threatened with the enemy strongest men were fighting and when the enemy soldiers came out of the city to fight Uriah the Hittite skilled notice. Notice along with several other Israeli soldiers so as not only killed Uriah's kill other soldiers sure Joab covered that so that it would look like what it was like just a skirmish and they got the wrong end of the deal and the lost Uriah watch back in Jerusalem. The messenger went to Jerusalem and gave the complete report to David. The enemy came out against is the open field and said he said and as we trace them back to the city gate. The archers on the wall shot arrows at us. Some of the kings men were killed including Uriah the Hittite what he want him to well for sure the pregnancy would become known he would have to face Uriah because Bathsheba would quite likely yield the name he thought this would remove part of the accusation or the possibility of such well says David was of the hypocrite while tell Joab not to be discouraged.
The sword devours one today and this one today and that one tomorrow okay for Israel St. Louis would example of a leader when the period of mourning was over after Mashita learned of her husband's death. David brought her into the palace. Watch closely and verse 27, she became one of his wife's Giardia several hours got another if you want to know how David felt deep within for the next number of months read Psalm 32 and a portion of Psalm 51 is miserable beyond words. They have the baby in seven days. The baby dies not only this, the sword never departed from David's house his life look like a rooftop from the fields of Jesse's sheet all way to bash even from Bathsheba all the way to the end, it comes down by the last statement, the Lord was displeased with what David done.
The Hebrew reads it was evil in the eyes of the Lord, I prefer that his eyes he saw it all. He heard it all, but would the Lord preserve 27 verses about chapter out of his word for the story David had his worst Uriah at his most vulnerable. Joab is most treacherous.
The whole thing is just this. It it is a study in carnality now you know me too well. We will just close the Bible and and and have prayer there are lessons here lessons we learn from Uriah from David from Joab and the Lord himself first how magnificently a man of integrity and loyalty like Uriah can live his life. How magnificently a man of integrity like Uriah can live his life. I think I speak today to some with that kind of integrity and I salute everyone if I knew you would honor you and call you by name. You are needed more than you ever would realize in this day and age in which we live.
You will not take a bribe, you will not do wrong, even if it means your job, you will not cooperate. Even though you respect the one who is urging you to cooperate something.
It will require compromise, you won't do it.
We honor you today during the camp of Uriah, who died with honor though to see terribly by the man he trusted the most in the nation how magnificently a man of integrity like Uriah can live his life.
You can do it, even though you're surrounded by most who don't.
You can do it, stay at it and if you begin now.
Good for you stay at it from here on second how hypocrite how hypocritically a man like David, a man of importance and authority can hide his sins.
Part of the problem is his authority and importance you reach a certain level in life and the world, it seems, is looking up to you. It's it is so easy at that point to lose your self-awareness to lose the reality of the of your compromise and hypocrisy takes over and replaces what was once integrity, responsibility can imagine David the giant killer David want to preserve Saul's life. David the one who backs away when Abigail says you don't want murder on your record.
Thanks Abigail for the for the warning doesn't follow through in the murder of Abel was started murder on my record. This is the same man you see your mind plays tricks on you when you become the king he's not there. He is the resident in the palace. He calls the shots.
Hypocrisy can take the place of integrity so easily.
I don't know where you are in your life. I don't know what promotions you recently had. I'm sure they were well-deserved, but I warn you, be careful about that climb up I heard the comment. The mother said to her little 8 o'clock to pull the higher you climb the more they'll see your careful up there.
Be careful, careful they respect you. They believe you.
Uriah didn't even question is command.
I just can't go home. Never, never had a fleeting thought of why he would ask him to do that.
David was so trusted by this warrior.
Now here's the third. The first was how magnificently a man of integrity and loyalty to live his life the second how hypocritically a man of importance and authority can hide in Sam's third how treacherously a man under authority of another like Joab can assist in the wrongdoing of his leader to have as a treacherous man he knew that was wrong. He knew it was wrong to kill one of their heroes. If there's ever a time to question the command now is the time I could have it on my conscience to see the joke that Darius killed David this is we gotta talk this over my Joab note is this someday you're really community.
What if. If you are serving as an assistant as a second in command or further. Be careful about blindly following the leader who knows with what you were given that role to caution the leader to counsel the leader or Warden leader now, the fourth applies to all of us how completely our God who knows and sees and hears everything about us holds each one of us accountable.
We are a grace believing people. I would love to think that those who know the ministry of strong rock community church will soon in describing us include the word grace. We believe in with our whole heart. We preach it we embrace it, but never to the point of ignoring the holiness of our God and forgetting we are accountable to him who sees us gnosis hears us, holds us accountable. Listen to the key verse Hebrews 4 verse 13 just listen. Nothing in all creation is in from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes and he is the one to whom we are accountable. If you miss the verse that your next memory verse Hebrews 413, he sees and knows and hears it all. And to him we are accountable one of us from the highest to the lowest if you want to write people that would from the knowledge of the unknown from the respected to the gutter drunk where all accountable that will hold us close to our heavenly father and remind us obedience is always appropriate. Disobedience never doing right always this doing wrong never dated. Let no one say when he is tempted, I'm tempted by God for God cannot be tempted with evil either to see any man, but everyone is tempted when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed with lust conceives it brings forth sin, and sin, when it is finished, gives birth to death. One of my mentors, Ray Steadman used to describe that as a deathlike existence.
From this point until he confesses to Nathan, David lives a deathlike existence.
He is phony to the core and been no recent finally of the grace of God. He was willing to admit I am the main and he bowed in humble confession.
Let's all bow together.
You do that please soul-searching message. I realize for all of us. You know the Lord is your master is your God and Savior.
Are you living for him are you freaking have you begun to develop a hypocritical lifestyle covering up for something that should have been dealt with some time ago. Stop today's the day to deal with it. You don't answer to me you answer to the one who sees and knows and hears it all.
He's the one to whom we are all accountable as a child of his come to him and you will find his arms open and his willingness to forgive O know, there may be consequences. You will be forgiven. There may be a price to pay for the cover-up, as there was with David's life, but you will be forgiven and you'll know again the joy of sins forgiven and a fresh new beginning. If you've never met the Lord but you have no hope of changing your life will walk along pretty much like it has all this time and you just tell yourself you're going to do better with every new year you make another resolution and you will break it before the month is out what you need is a Savior Christ. When you get him you you you then get the power you need to withstand choose to do right and carried out. Trust him now. Please turn to let us help you if you need help with that as you come to the Lord as a center just, like you are taking, except visual father, thank you for searching me and forcing me to go through all this all this time of study and delivery so search me oh God, and know my heart see if there be any way of paying the leave me to deal with it. If it's there in the same for those who here pleased with our lives. Father in a day in which so few trust news today is the beginning point for walk with you. Take in the name of Christ. I pray every once in listening to Insight for living Bible teaching of Chuck Swindoll.
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It's become quite evident that forces of evil representing all kinds of insidious temptations and those who truly want to become people of integrity need to take heed. In that spirit, let me recommend a book check is written that will be helpful to you.
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