2 SAMUEL 11
Verse of the Week
"In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king’s men and the whole Israelite army. They destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained in Jerusalem.” [2 Samuel 11:1]
The Main Idea
This story is a major turning point in the life of David. We’ve learned through our series “A Greater Story” that David was a shepherd boy who had great faith in God. He was anointed by God to be the King of Israel one day because his heart was focused on the Lord. We’ve seen him defeat a 9 feet giant when no one else in all of Israel would stand to fight. After defeating Goliath, David’s journey was an adventurous yet difficult one. David continued to have great success as a warrior, leading and winning many battles against the Philistines. David then had to consistently evade King Saul, the man he once served. Saul’s fear of David and jealousy of his favor with God and people led him to try and trap him and kill him. Eventually Saul dies in battle and David finally attains the position of King of Israel. His military prowess and leadership ability continues with great success while he is king. That is until we arrive at our passage for the day. The main idea we need to take away from this story is that ANYONE can fall into sin.
Point 1 - David took his foot off the gas with his relationship with God.
Verse 1 shows us that it was the time of the year when KINGS (David’s position, calling and anointing) go off to war. David decides to send Joab and stay at home. Oftentimes our fall into sin starts when we stop pressing into our relationship with God.
Point 2 - David let his guard down.
The question in our lives isn’t IF we’ll be tempted, but rather how we respond when temptation comes. Here David is tempted by lust after seeing a beautiful woman. Instead of looking the other way or taking the thought captive, he pursues the sin. After inquiring about the woman, he sleeps with her and she becomes pregnant. The battle against sin always begins in the mind, when we aren’t guarding our heart (Proverbs 4:23) we’re sitting prey to fall into temptation and ultimately into sin.
Point 3 - David tried to cover up his sin
We all will fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). The question in the Christian life isn’t “will we sin?”The question is “how am I responding to sin?” After David messed up, he tried to cover it up by bringing Bathsheba’s husband, Uriah, home to sleep with her. When he refused to go home, David got him drunk hoping to entice him, when that didn’t work he sent him to the frontlines of the battle to be killed and he took Bathsheba to be his wife. When we don’t confess and repent of sin, the consequences continue to get worse. As we read the Bible, we learn that David’s sin caused a lot of grief, a lot of death, a lot of heartache and loss. The trajectory of his life drastically changed from this moment on.
Point 4 - The Gospel Message
In one of the clearest pictures of the Gospel in all of our stories thus far, we see that the picture of Jesus is not King David, but in the person of Uriah. He was a righteous man, he was faithful to his calling as a soldier. He was sent by David to the frontlines of the battle to die because of David’s sin. In the same way, Jesus was perfectly righteous and He was sent to the Cross to die in place of our sin. It was our sin that sent Him there. He died the death we should have died and took the place we should have taken. Because of His sacrifice, we get to go free. No matter how great the sin, we have a redeemer that was sent to die to take our sin and give us a new life in Christ.
How has your week been spiritually? / What is God teaching you?
When you begin to slip into a bad place spiritually, what are some of the early warning signs?
Do you see a difference in your life when you’re pressing into your relationship with Jesus vs. when you aren’t? What does that difference look like?
We believe a healthy believer embodies 5 cultures: Evangelism, Community, Discipleship, Generosity and Serving. Why is it important that we actively engage in these cultures? What happens when we don’t?
Is confession and repentance a bad thing? Why or why not? Why should repentance be a major part of our Christian walk?
Do you believe any leader can fall into sin? What are some ways we can prevent this fall from happening in our lives or in the lives of people we care about?
How does this story point to the Gospel?