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The Kings of Israel
The Kings of Israel was taught by Dr. James Modlish

Lesson Eight
David, Bathsheba, and Uriah
(2 Sam. 11)

The Bible clearly reveals the sins of God’s people, but never in a way that sin is made acceptable. Unlike modern T.V. and the so called “true-to-life” books, the Bible states the facts and draws out the lessons, but allows nothing for the imagination to dwell on. (Eph. 5:11,12)

I. David in compromise – II Sam. 11:1-4

He should have been at the battle. (vs.1) When believers get out of the fight, they fail to put the armor of God on (Eph. 6:11-18) which protects them from the “fiery darts of the wicked.” (vs.16)

David allowed his eyes to be compromised. (vs.2) One of the primary sources of temptation is the “lust of the eyes.” (I John 2:16) David must have finally learned this lesson. (Ps. 101:3) David had many wives already, and God would have given him more if the number were insufficient. (12:8) The problem is “the eyes of man are never satisfied.” (Pro. 27:20)

David allowed his good judgment and character to be compromised. Could David win over such a temptation? According to I Cor. 10:13, there is always an escape route if you want one.

II. Bathsheba yields to compromise – vs.1-4

Most beautiful women of the world like to be observed so the fashion industry takes advantage of that. At the very least it could be said that Bathsheba lacked discretion in choosing a place to bathe. (Pro. 11:22)

There is no record that Bathsheba resisted the advances of David, but by all evidences was as responsible as he was. It seems logical that resistance would have been recorded as in the case of Joseph and Potipher’s wife.

III. Uriah placed in compromise of life – vs.6-17

Plan A - was to send for Uriah and get him to go home so the sin could be covered. (Pro. 28:13) In the long run it would have been much simpler to repent, but “when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin.” (James 1:15)

Plan B - was to get Uriah drunk (vs.13), but even under the influence of wine, Uriah was a more disciplined man than sober David!

Plan C - was to have Uriah murdered. (vs.14-17) Joab was willing to co-operate since this would give him opportunity later to take advantage of the king. Politics as usual!

It is regrettable that the record of this godly man, David, was marred forever by “the matter of Uriah the Hittite.” (I Kings 15:5)

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