1Gospel Baptist Tabernacle781 Salem Road, Rossville, GA 30741Where the Love of Godabounds, everyone iswelcome.Children’s Church taughtby Paul and Marsha Davisduring preaching.www.rossvillechurch.comMay 12, 2013
22 Samuel 11 1 And it came to pass, after the yearwas expired, at the time when kings go forth tobattle, that David sent Joab, and his servants withhim, and all Israel; and they destroyed the childrenof Ammon, and besieged Rabbah. But Davidtarried still at Jerusalem.David’s first step into grievous sin:Neglect of duty.He sent his army to war, while he hung out at thepalace with the women and children.
32 And it came to pass in aneveningtide, that David arosefrom off his bed, and walkedupon the roof of the kingshouse: and from the roof hesaw a woman washing herself;and the woman was verybeautiful to look upon.Roving eye
43 And David sent andenquired after the woman.And one said, Is not thisBathsheba, the daughter ofE li am, the wife of Uriahthe Hittite? So David knew shewas married fromthe first.And this was not an idle glance from which Davidbrought his eyes back straight ahead.He made plans to sin.
5James 1 13-15 Let no man say when he is tempted, Iam tempted of God: for God cannot be temptedwith evil, neither tempteth he any man: But everyman is tempted, when he is drawn away of his ownlust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, itbringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished,bringeth forth death.If David had seen Bathsheba, felt tempted, butimmediately turned around and gone inside --There would have been no sin.But lust conceived and brought forth sin.
64 And David sent messengers, and took her; and shecame in unto him, and he lay with her; for she waspurified from her uncleanness: and she returnedunto her house. 5 And the woman conceived, andsent and told David, and said, I am with child.What the king wanted the king got.He sent for her and took her.But he got more than he bargained for.Sin always brings more than we expect.We expect pleasure, but pain comes with it.
7David’s sins will multiply!Sin – lie to cover it up – tellanother lieto prop that lie up.In David’s case adultery willlead to murder.That is the nature of sin.Turn before it multiplies.
86 And David sent to Joab, saying, Send me Uriahthe Hittite. And Joab sent Uriah to David. 7 Andwhen Uriah was come unto him, David demandedof him how Joab did, and how the people did, andhow the war prospered. 8 And David said to Uriah,Go down to thy house, and wash thy feet. AndUriah departed out of the kings house, and therefollowed him a mess of meat from the king.David sent a nice supper for Uriah and his wife.David hopes that Uriah will be intimate withBathsheba, and will believe her baby is his.
99 But Uriah slept at the door of the kings housewith all the servants of his lord, and went not downto his house. 10 And when they had told David,saying, Uriah went not down unto his house, Davidsaid unto Uriah, Camest thou not from thy journey?why then didst thou not go down unto thine house?
1011 And Uriah said unto David,The ark, and Israel, and Judah,abide in tents; and my lordJoab, and the servants of mylord, are encamped in the openfields; shall I then go into minehouse, to eat and to drink, andto lie with my wife? as thoulivest, and as thy soul liveth, Iwill not do this thing.This was anunintendedrebuke tothe king.
1112 And David said to Uriah,Tarry here today also, and tomorrow I will let thee depart.So Uriah abode in Jerusalemthat day, and the morrow.13 And when David had calledhim, he did eat and drink beforehim; and he made him drunk:and at even he went out to lie onhis bed with the servants of hislord, but went not down to hishouse.Alcohol lowersinhibitions; Davidhoped it wouldwork with Uriah.
1214 And it came to pass in the morning, that Davidwrote a letter to Joab, and sent it by the hand ofUriah. 15 And he wrote in the letter, saying, Set yeUriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, andretire ye from him, that he may be smitten, and die.Uriah carried his own death sentence.See how one sin leads to another and a worse sin!
1316 And it came to pass, whenJoab observed the city, that heassigned Uriah unto a placewhere he knew that valiantmen were. 17 And the men ofthe city went out, and foughtwith Joab: and there fell someof the people of the servantsof David; and Uriah theHittite died also.David murderedthis honorableman.And othersdied with him.
1418-20 Then Joab sent and told David all the thingsconcerning the war; And charged the messenger,saying, When thou hast made an end of telling thematters of the war unto the king, And if so be thatthe kings wrath arise, and he say unto thee,Wherefore approached ye so nigh unto the citywhen ye did fight? knew ye not that they wouldshoot from the wall?Then Joab gives an example showing that they hadalready learned this lesson:
1521 Who smote Abimelech the son of Je rub be sheth?did not a woman cast a piece of a millstone uponhim from the wall, that he died in The bez? whywent ye nigh the wall? then say thou, Thy servantUriah the Hittite is dead also. 22 So the messengerwent, and came and shewed David all that Joab hadsent him for.If David had shown anger, it would have beenhypocrisy; he wanted Uriah dead.Joab is telling David that he carried out his foulorder; it is done.
1623 And the messenger said unto David, Surely themen prevailed against us, and came out unto usinto the field, and we were upon them even untothe entering of the gate. 24 And the shooters shotfrom off the wall upon thy servants; and some ofthe kings servants be dead, and thy servant Uriahthe Hittite is dead also.This should have provoked sorrow in the king, butDavid is just relieved of his worry.
1725 Then David said unto the messenger, Thus shaltthou say unto Joab, Let not this thing displeasethee, for the sword devoureth one as well asanother: make thy battle more strong against thecity, and overthrow it: and encourage thou him.David hoped that a victory would cause Joab andothers to forget his ungodly orders.
1826 And when the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah herhusband was dead, she mourned for her husband.27 And when the mourning was past, David sentand fetched her to his house, and she became hiswife, and bare him a son.But the thing that David had donedispleased the LORD.David thought he had gotten away with his sin, butGod saw and would not forget.God was sorely displeased with David.
19We know that David loved the Lordand the Lord loved him.Acts 13 22 And when God had removed Saul, Heraised up unto them David to be their king; towhom also He gave testimony, and said, I havefound David the son of Jesse, a man after Mineown heart, which shall fulfill all My Will.Yet he sinned terribly!
20Don’t take that first step into sin.You have put your handto the plow, now don’tlook back at all.Proverbs 4:25-27 (NIV) Let your eyes look straightahead, fix your gaze directly before you. Makelevel paths for your feet and take only ways thatare firm. Do not swerve to the right or the left;keep your foot from evil.Don’t be distracted.