FROM THE WORD: Learning from David’s mistakes

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By C.L. Glasscock

When I was growing up, I heard about David the shepherd boy slaying the giant with a sling. I never could understand how this could happen because I tried throwing one of these things and could not hit anything that I threw at.

When I grew older and accepted God as my Savior, now I can see how this happened. All David had to do is throw the stone and God did the rest.

The Bible says David was a man after God’s own heart. Even though David was extremely close to God, one night he underestimated the power of Satan.

2 Samuel 11:2-5 – And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof 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 and inquired after the woman, And one said, Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite? And David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in unto him, and he lay with her; for she was purified from her uncleanness: and she returned unto her house. And the woman conceived, and sent and told David, and said, I am with child.

As we look at this terrible sin, we see David trying to cover it up and also try to hide it from God. He sent for her husband Uriah and tried to get him to go down to Bathsheba, but he would not. Out of respect for the warriors still fighting on the battlefield, Uriah would not allow himself to be intimate with his wife.

So David made a decision he would have Uriah killed and then he would take Bathsheba for his wife.

2 Samuel 11:27 – And when the mourning was past, David sent and fetched her to his house, and she became his wife, and bare him a son. But the thing that David had done displeased the Lord.

God forgave David, but in doing so he told him “the sword shall never depart from thine house.” God said, “I will raise up evil against you, I will take your wives and give them to your neighbors before your eyes, and the child that David and Bathsheba would have would surely die.”

Not only did their child born out of sin perish, but David’s house also suffered many other heartbreaks. Amnon, David’s son, raped his sister, Tamar. Absalom, David’s son, killed Amnon for committing this sin. Absalom took over King David’s throne and forced him to flee. As a result, a war between David and Absalom began. In the end, David defeated his son in battle and Absalom was killed.

Even though David had many wives, he wanted the one he did not have. Bathsheba belonged to someone else. This is like a lot of men today. Even though God has showered them with many blessings, including a beautiful woman, some only want more.

I pray that if you are suffering from the sins of your desires that you will repent and turn back to the things of God – before you reap the heartaches of your sin.

Praise the Lord!