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February 14, 2022 7:00 am
Greetings friends and new listeners and welcome to the sound of faith. I'm sure not thanking you for joining us today because we know Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. Today's message the ripple effect of David's sin is quite informative.
He was the only man in the Bible, of whom God testified, I have found David to be a man after my own heart. Yet he willfully committed the sin of adultery using his kingly authority to steal another man's wife, but what was worse was the cover-up and the collateral damage that created many victims in the ripple effect of David's sin. Amen. Amen. What a mighty God. He is, his ways are past finding out you know that's one thing that always loved about Moses because he didn't ask to see God's miracles. He said teach me your ways. He wanted to know God's heart. That's what I want to do.
I want to know God's heart. Last week we talked about Lord enlarge our hearts and our primary example because he's the one you prayed.
It was David you know I have been alluding to the story of David. I thought this over several times and in many recent messages but there's the part that always say and you know about David's sin and go on from there and then the next message mentioning you know about David sin and go on from there. Because of course I know we all know about it. But you know I thought was really strong in my heart this week will why don't you just take the time to go through it and I thought that everybody knows it but then the Lord started. Give me those little serendipitous coincidences and then I know. Okay, that's what he wants me to actually minister on and you know when I got to reading it. I saw a couple things I never saw before it goes to show you. You never know everything you think you know and so I think that we can learn something today. From this, so let's go to second Samuel chapter 11. We know that David was the only person that God said in the Bible. A man after my known heart.
God said that in spite of the fact that David was in perfect and his sins were great and we get a look at that today in second Samuel chapter 11 verse one and it came to pass after the year was expired at the time when kings go forth to battle that David sent Joab, which was his commander under him and his servants with him which would've been the armies and all Israel, and they destroyed the children of Ammon and besieged Rob but David tarried still at Jerusalem, and it came to pass in an evening tied that David arose from off his bed and walked up upon the roots of the king's house and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself and the woman was very beautiful to look upon and David sent inquired after the woman and one said is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Iliana, the wife, the wife of Uriah the Hittite and David sent messengers and took her and she came in under him and he lay with her, for she was purified from her uncleanness and she returned on to her house will stop here for a moment. So at the time when kings go to battle, you know, as I mentioned many times before you can read it in the writings of Moses, that the kings were supposed to be the ones who actually were out in front leading the battle and next to him was on his horse was the standardbearer or the flag holder and when the king said it was time to go into charge. He would tell him that he would hold up that flag and everybody way way back yonder new. It's time to go forth and the charge, but the king would've been out in front. But in this time.
David, who was a warrior from his childhood. I mean, when he killed Goliath. He was just a young man, a lad, as were a youth, and so he was accustomed to be in the water because after that Saul had made him commander of the Army's but what was he doing he was taking a vacation and he was at home at ease lying around in his bed when he should have been on the battlefield with his men, but he stayed behind and he turned out that he was at the wrong place at the wrong time had never been in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Amen. And when you're in that wrong place at the wrong time. You can either say what am I doing here and get up and skedaddle. Or if you hesitate, and you loiter, you may end up in big trouble. See Damon was neglecting his calling and this state of mind that he was in began with the fact when he made the decision not to go to the battle not to be on the frontlines for the Lord doing what he was anointed to do that was the beginning he was not fulfilling his calling. He was losing his anointing. Amen. And so we was at ease and he found himself for and then careless and then reckless.
He walked up on the rooftop in the evening and the first thing that we are told is he saw a woman taking a bath on a nearby rooftop which means she was naked because she was taking a bath and apparently from what we read about. She was clean from her. She was purified it was her time when women after the time of their monthly they would have a special bath and purification and she was going through all of that when he saw her, and when he saw her there was temptation.
You know you have no control over temptation it comes to us all.
We are bombarded with it were surrounded with it.
Amen. But when temptation comes and we feel that little thing that starting we've got to make a decision then to cut it off.
Amen he saw the woman reminds me of the first thing that said about Samson says, and he saw a woman. Amen. And so he did not turn away.
He did nothing. I'm out here going back down stairs. Amen. Now he continued to watch her. He saw her. Amen.
And there was the beginning that temptation was now turning into lost.
It says he thought how beautiful she was. She was a beautiful woman and as he watched Eric he couldn't imagine in his mind what it would be like to have sex with her.
I'm just going to say like we would say today. Amen. And so he was watching her and do not raise your hand and don't look down his and that will be good either.
But if anyone is ever imagine what it's like to have sex with someone else. Amen.
And that's what came into his mind. So now he's going from he saw her to now he's imagining and is thought life. The gate opened up his thought life and now he takes his thoughts and he puts them to life because he asks who is that woman over there in that house. Who is she and he was told right away.
Her name is Bathsheba. She is the daughter of Elian and she is the wife of Uriah the Hittite well right away. He knows she's a married woman number two. He knows that she's married to Uriah and you're right that is one of the captains in his army. Also that she is the daughter of Healy arm and will let that hang for a minute or two and I want to tell you a little later while that third piece of information was extremely important to him and that would tell you now want to tag in a moment. So he knew that she was married.
She was the wife of Uriah, the daughter of Healy, which also told him something important. So then he saw her he thought about her. He spoke about her and now he's going to act on it. He sends for her and told her did you know that he took her see he was the king he was in authority and not so much now because now it's this generation is not going to put up with it. But for many years, women were trying to break into the business part of the world, and trying to move up maybe to be a little higher even make a CEO. They had to put up with a whole lot of sexual harassment from bosses and supervisors, and often the woman was afraid to speak. Not because she would lose her job and so rather than jeopardize her job in her standing she would live times of the put up with stuff. Amen. And how many back in the 40s and 50s did. How many aspiring young women who wanted to be a actress when they got after the Hollywood had practically slinked their way. Why because they were that way. No, not in the beginning, not at all. They went out there were stars in their eyes but they found that you heard of the casting couch.
You know you want to be in my movie finding BMI movie but now you going to have to please me and then so David took advantage of her. Also, her husband was away. He took advantage of that.
I mean, if this would've happened in Uriah was home at the time and not at war. Do you think David would've sent for her know he would not have now. Usually we think of the woman as being the seductress and the one who seduces, but in this case, David seduced her because of his position.
His power and his authority and there is no reason for us to think that Bathsheba was not in love with her husband. I feel that she loved her husband. She was not the one who initiated this whole thing. Amen. But remember, she's just a woman. Women didn't have authority. Her husband was not at home there to defend her and protect tarps because he was all the king's business David sin turn, this innocent woman into an adulterous and look at verse five and the woman conceived and sent and told David and said I am with child, so this implies that she got pregnant.
That very first time. Amen. And it makes sense. The fact that she was having her bath of purification tells you that she was in her fertile time and so she got pregnant right away and you know it happens it happens sometimes a person is a one night stand and realizes that was wrong. I was wrong. Repentance and I could do it again. But then they end up pregnant and unfortunately sometimes they add sin to sin.
Just like David's about to do and they go and get an abortion. Amen.
But it never ever pays or pans out a good outcome when you try to cover your sin.
It only gets worse. So we saw Bathsheba, the lust of the eyes.
He thought about how beautiful and sexy she was, the lust of the flesh, and then he spoke out his lustful desires inquired about her and when she learned she was married he just dismissed it and thought I and the king.
I'm looking just take her the pride of life, who he was.
He acted on his desires and sent for her had sex with her and now he's going to have to put into motion a plan to cover it up. He wants to cover it up. Amen. So were going to begin to see now the degrees of David sin.
The ripple effect if you will of David sin, you throw a stone into the pond and first it's that little tiny circle both stand there for a moment and watch and it'll span out and out and out and out amen. And when I began this message I was going to call it the 5° of David sin, but as I got into it I found I had to make it 60, wait a minute know I got seven up. Here's another one.
There's a I think were I think is it might discover one as we go along. He had to put a plan in motion to do something to cover up. Amen. So I'm in a paraphrase now for time he sends word to his chief of the Army, Joab, and he tells Joab I want you to send Uriah back here to me with the report of what is going on with the war when Uriah arrived, David. You know, courteously asked him, and give me the report what's going on with the war. What she did. Now he tells Uriah which is really his roots what he really wanted go home and be with your wife and David had his servants send a whole bunch of good food so they could have a nice feast and I'm sure he had figured in his mind will have a romantic dinner. He hasn't seen his wife in a long time. He'll be with her and Austin will be covered, but Uriah did not go home but instead he's hung out at the palace and he slept with the servants in their quarters and the next morning when David found this out.
He called for him and he asked him why didn't you home and see your life. I'm sure she's lonely and misses you. Look at verse 11 and Uriah set on the David the part which would be the ark of the covenant and Israel. The armies and judo of the armies by intense and my Lord Joab, your chief in the service of my Lord, are encamped in the open fields shall then go into my house to eat and to drink and to live with my wife as your soul is this thing he was admitted about it is strong conviction. He felt like I cannot go home and sit in my house and eat and drink and had time with my wife and all of this when all my fellow compatriots are out there lying in the fields probably. Who knows what they're scrounging around eating out there. Amen. He said I just can't do it. I wouldn't feel right about that.
That is wrong. To me that's wrong and I won't do it. Amen. So now David's got to come up with a plan B.
So he calls your Uriah to come and have dinner with him that night because Uriah can go back to the Army until David sends him so he says, come have dinner with me and that night he had a nice feast and he made sure that he had wine plenty of wine. The intoxicating wine and the Bible says he got them drunk. Now think about this was a man you would not even go home and had supper with his wife and now David's son Megan eat and drink until he's drunk. Let me say it to you like this.
David seduced Uriah. He made them do something that he already said he would not do. I will do this thing and yet David made him do it why David used his power authority you know I won't eat with you.
He couldn't do that. So David using his power and his authority seduced Uriah to do something that he did not want to do and then he told him go home go home to your wife. But what did he do look at verse 13 and David called him and he did eat and drink before many made him drunk and he and he then he went out to lie on his bed with the servants of his lord, and went not down to his house. So in the morning when David realized again. He had not gone home to his wife. It came to pass that David wrote a letter to Joab consented by the hand and Uriah and he wrote in the letter saying set you Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle and retire you from him.
You send them up in the hottest battle and then you treat don't give them any backup my God and retire you from him that he may basement and die. Now he's written it down Uriah's death warrant and making Uriah be the one to hand-deliver it to Joab and it came to pass when Joab observed the city that he assigned Uriah never met his watch this, the city now they're getting to a city.
What does the city have around it. Walls went to cities going to be attacked. What did the men of the city do go up on the walls and start shooting people keep that in mind, observed the city that he assigned Uriah into a place where he knew that document were in the men of the city went out and fought with Joab and their fellow some of the people of the servants of David and Uriah the Hittite died also. So now things are are escalating here we see that he acted on his lost.
Amen. And he had sex.
He got her pregnant.
He's trying to cover it but it didn't work out the way he wanted to. So now he devised a plan telling Joab put him on the front line put in ads that were near the walls of the city where he will be killed because the men up there going to be shoot no he's not backed up to shoot back.
How many see that but I want you to understand that you're running up was not the only one that got killed you see that and some of the men of David, the servants of David. Other soldiers also died. The ripples going out now see it on adultery and never going to murder Uriah all but the ripple effects going out another circle because other men in the Army, righteous man, and servants of David, because if you were the king, they were considered your servants. A man also died. So now this is occurred. There's another reply want you to see that happen the same time.
What other person was affected now by David's plan of cover-up Joab because now Joab is forced to participate in murder. David had said you put them out there where he will be smitten and die. Can you imagine when Joab got that letter he must would you he's one of our captains.
He's one of our best. Now we don't know. I sorted out seriously doubt that David said because I got his wife pregnant. Amen. I don't think Joe even what was happening.
He could only a mansion or trying to imagine. Maybe he thought that when Joab went there in the beginning, the roost was to get news of the war sentiment so I know what's going on but maybe he thought the then Uriah did something terrible that now the king says he's not a doctor but what ever Joab was forced again because of David's authority and power and being the king and he said, pointing. But you see, Joab could just send Uriah all by himself and save you all by yourself going attacked the city wall.
He couldn't do that. He had to send at least a group of men that make it even looks sensible because of Joab by himself and it would've been me as the base set them up to be killed. So we sent a group of men and they look like they were special that they were going to go somehow and maybe thought that they thought the microphone were going to be special ops and were going to get there working to pick off some of these people, but they were no match. They were no match for a fortified city, with men on the wall, shooting down at them with big Joe retreated. So the ripple effect Bathsheba, Uriah show, add other righteous men are now collateral damage of David's sin. So now Joab has to send a message back to David. The telling what's going on and he told the messenger.
He's when you go see King David and you tell him that we lost a lot of men in battle, and the king will get angry at you.
He will get angry and he might say to you, why did you approach so near to the city.
Did you know that they would pick you the day when shooting at you from the walls. Why did you go near the walls. Listen to this.
Joab said to the messenger.
If the king gets angry and asks you those questions.
Here's how you answer him your servant Uriah the Hittite died also because he knew that that's all that David cared about. He was reckless careless.
He didn't care about the collateral damage and he didn't care about those righteous men. He only wanted to know Uriah is dead and now that he's dead, my sin will be covered and nobody else will know about it so he forced Joab to participate in murder and then he forced Joab to participate in the cover-up. Amen.
He sent valiant men to their deaths just so he could get Uriah killed.
Amen there were grieving widow and orphan children weeping in the towns of Israel and Judah because valiant men die that day to cover-up. David said amen. I hope you are being enlightened by this intriguing message. The ripple effect of David's sins.
This larger-than-life king was a man after God's own heart. He was Israel's heroic giant slayer, but he did not slay the giant of sexual lust that spurred him to commit adultery with Bathsheba, the wife of one of his righteous captains in the Army. He took an innocent woman and made her an adulterous when she became pregnant he devised a cover-up when it failed David's unrepentant heart deceived him to commit the murder of the innocent husband, Uriah, the ripple effect of this evil deed forced his general Joab to participate in the murderous scheme.
It took the lives of other valiant soldiers who were sent to die on the battlefield with Uriah and when judgment was pronounced on David the baby born in adultery died 10 of his concubines were publicly sexually molested by his own son and forced into a state of secluded widowhood and the sword of death took three more of his sons, but thank God for second chances. David got right with God and we have is recorded words that reveal what true repentance is and the extent of God's merciful forgiveness.
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