Wrong Place + Wrong Time
2Samuel 11:1 – It happened in the spring of the year, at the time when kings go out to battle, that David sent Joab and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the people of Ammon and besieged Rabbah.
But David remained at Jerusalem.
2Samuel 11:2 – Then it happened one evening that David arose from his bed and walked on the roof of the king’s house. And from the roof he saw a woman bathing, and the woman was very beautiful to behold.
David spotted Bathsheba from the rooftop because he was at home when he should not have been. This is a prime example of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
I think its safe to say that by not going to war David was disobeying God. Perhaps it was a cultural expectation or perhaps it was his automatic duty to go to war with his troops (did Kings ever not go?) but either way the statement in verse 1 is there for a reason. David should not have been away at war, if he were a lot of sin and problems would have been avoided. Jonah also ran from God’s calling on his life, he was told to go to Nineveh yet he rebelled and actually sailed the opposite direction! We all know what happened as a result of that.
When God tells us to go somewhere (mission trip, school, friends house) we need to obey, for our own good. He knows best! The Spirit of God may also have told you not to go on a certain trip, to school, or a friends house in which case we should also obey Him. When you aren’t where God wants you to be you will encounter temptations that could have been easily avoided. The further we move from God’s will the deeper we trek in to the enemies territory. Ask yourself this simple “Is it wise?” -Will hanging out with this group of friends, going here, or doing this be a healthy environment for me as a Christian? Can I glorify God there, can I resist temptation there? These should be regular questions you challenge yourself with daily.
Decisions that lead to addictions happened because the person was in the wrong place at the wrong time. You could even say that you are avoiding God’s will when you simply disobey the scriptures. You may not be running away from God’s calling on your life like Jonah but not forgiving your parent is still against God’s will, as is stealing, jealousy, lust, or gossip etc.
Avoiding The Warnings
2Samuel 11:3 – So David sent and inquired about the woman. And someone said, “Is this not Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?”
2Samuel 11:4 – Then David sent messengers, and took her; and she came to him, and lay with her, for she was cleansed from her impurity; and she returned to her house.
If David were tried in court for his adultery and murder or Uriah he could not say either of the following statements “I did not know she was married”, “I did not know I was married”, “We were deeply in love”, “She seduced me”, “I did not know it was a sin”, or “I did not know Uriah would be killed”. He had no excuse! Today so many people blow off sexual sin with “we were so in love”. This is a terrible excuse especially when the people really weren’t in love at all but were in lust. David however could not use this excuse either, he saw her, knew nothing of her, and then had sex with her.
We have pay attention to the red flags on a situation before proceeding. As if it weren’t enough that we know we are about to sin, there is always some form of warnings preceding our sinful act. These signs include a questionable description of a website you aren’t sure about, an overly interested internet admirer that wants to set up a date, a group worldly group of friends on a Friday night. Some would call these signs common sense. But common sense seems to go out the window when we walk in the flesh. So be careful. This is why God wants us to be sober minded and to think clearly at all times so that we can effectively assess our situations and desires. If you are drunk, infatuated, addicted, or high your judgment is clouded and God never wants that to happen for us.
Read the signs, think clearly and don’t let yourself fall in to something so obvious you’ll be kicking yourself for months or years afterward that you didn’t watch out.
Covering Up Your Sin… With Sin
2Samuel 11:8 – And David said to uriah, “Go down to your house and wash your feet.” So uriah departed from the king’s house, and a gift of food from the king followed him.
2Samuel 11:13 – Now when David called him, he ate and drank before him; and he made him drunk. And at evening he went out to lie on his bed with the servants of his lord, but he did not go down to his house.
2Samuel 11:15 – And he wrote in the letter, saying, “Set uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retreat from him, that he may be struck down and die.”
David tried to cover up his adultery with Bathsheba (from which she became pregnant) by giving Uriah a sudden break from battle and a chance to have a steamy night with his wife, hoping they would have sex and it would look like Uriahs kid and not Davids. However Uriah was an honorable man and didn’t do what David hoped. So David’s first attempt failed. David then takes the situation to the next level and plots to have Uriah put where he will surely die in battle! It works and Uriah is killed, and David’s sin successfully covered up accept that the Lord knew.
You cannot cover up sin, only Christ can. His righteousness gets rid of it in the eyes of God when we repent and turn. When we try to hide our sin it ends up causing more sin and more problems for others. Another thing we see is that private sin is not that private, it spreads and effects others! The more we try to cover up our sin, the more its spreads and the greater the consequences get. Because of David’s actions his own family would later experience internal conflict (2 Sam 12:10-11), and he would loose the baby that Bathsheba gave birth to. Even now in the period of grace – we may be completely forgiven of a sin we committed but God rarely removes the natural consequences of our sin.
1John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
2Cor 5:17 – Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
2Cor 5:18 – Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation,
When God (or the Word) says to do something, do it.
Avoid unwise or tempting situations (by obeying God).
Don’t ignore the red flags or warning signs of a potential decision.
Don’t hide your sin, repent and get it dealt with the right way.