June 21, 2022
Today’s reading: 2 Samuel 6:6-7
Sin begets sin
We read in 2 Samuel 11:26-27:
26 When the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband was dead, she mourned for her husband. 27 And when her mourning was over, David sent and brought her to his house, and she became his wife and bore him a son. But the thing that David had done displeased the LORD.
This is one of the saddest and most tragic parts of David’s life. We read about how David committed adultery with Bathsheba, lied to everyone, and eventually killed Uriah.
How low can you go as a king?
Yet, we know that the sin of David didn’t start with Bathsheba. This was not the event that started a sin, but rather, it was the climax of David’s sin.
We know how David added more and more wives. His inability to control his sexual passion led him to sin against God.
You see, if you are not satisfied with one woman, no one will satisfy you. Getting another woman will not remove your ungodly lust.
What started as a small sin has now snowballed and become so big that it was recorded in the Bible for all to read.
We can read the setting of the story. It was in the spring when kings went out to battle. Yet, where was David? He stayed in the palace. Instead of fighting Israel’s enemies, he just stayed behind.
When he saw Bathsheba bathing, he became blind to the dire consequences of his sins. It’s hard to imagine what David was thinking at this time because, in reality, David WASN’T thinking!
Bathsheba was no ordinary woman. She belonged to the upper class. Her father was Eliam, one of David’s Mighty Men (2 Samuel 23:34). Her grandfather was Ahithophel – one of David’s chief counselors (2 Samuel 23:34, 2 Samuel 15:12).
David was risking not just his reputation as the king, but also his friendship with his closest allies. He was so blinded by his lust that he thought that he could get away from this great sin!
To make it worse, he tried to cover up his sin. He tried to fool Uriah and when he saw that he can’t overcome this noble and righteous man, he had him killed!
After that, he tried to cover his tracks and took Bathsheba immediately. He wasn’t thinking that people would notice how quick Bathsheba’s pregnancy could be. Everyone can count actually and of course, there were people who knew that Bathsheba went into the king’s room even when she was still married to Uriah!
Sad, but that’s the reality. That’s the sad effect of sin when you harbor it for too long. When you don’t get rid of it when it is still small, it will eventually grow.
That’s what happened to David. He let his uncontrolled lust for women stay for too long in his life. As a result, even a simple temptation such as seeing a woman taking a bath, he easily gave in!
Sin begets sin. Instead of asking for God’s forgiveness, David chose to sin even more.
I hope and pray that we learn this vital lesson from David’s life. If you ignore little sins for too long, they will grow so big that they will devour you like a lion eating its prey. Let’s all strive to overcome not just the big sins, but also the small sins.
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