|The Residence in Munich, Germany...a crown worn by|
the royal family of the area.
Later word came to King David that Bathsheba was pregnant, and now things are beginning to get very complicated. David has to cover his tracks quickly because adultery is punishable by death. With this in mind, he calls upon Joab his general in charge of the troops and asks him to send Uriah, the unsuspecting husband, back home. When he arrives back in Jerusalem, David hoped he would go home and enjoy his wife so that her pregnancy could be explained; but Uriah threw a road block to that idea. Being an honorable man and a loyal soldier, he refused to enjoy his home and wife while his brothers were fighting on the battlefield.
Time was of the essence so David tried another tack. He tried to get Uriah drunk so he would go home to be with his wife. Yet again, Uriah foiled his efforts and slept with the servants in the King's house that night. What honor in the face of such treachery!
When everything had failed to remedy the situation, David decided he would have to have Uriah killed so he could take Bathsheba as his wife. He, therefore, sent Uriah back to the field with orders to Joab that would lead to Uriah's death. Uriah carried his own death warrant! How great a king has fallen to the depths of depravity in order to cover his sin!
|Another royal crown at The Residence in Munich, Germany|
David had abused his power and authority. He had taken another man's wife out of lust and caused the innocent and loyal soldier to be killed to cover up the sin. But God saw and knew it all. There were consequences for his actions.
Chapter 12 of 2 Samuel relates the visit of the Prophet Nathan to King David. He came to tell David the story of a man who has a precious lamb that a rich man took to feed a guest even though he had plenty of sheep of his own. This was a perfect story for David to hear as a former shepherd boy. He was angry when he heard the story and said that the rich man should die. Then, Nathan told him that he was the one the story was about. Instantly, David knew his sin had been exposed by God. He confessed his sin before Nathan and God. Though he repented, there were to be consequences. The baby which Bathsheba bore would die. The sword would never depart David's house and within his own home, God would raise up evil against him. Later in scripture, we know that it was Absalom his son who would rebel against him and take his father's wives. Nathan said these words from the Lord: "For you did it secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel and before the sun" ( chap. 12:12).
Despite this wicked deed, God did forgive David. He spared his life, but God did make David face the consequences of his sin. All that Nathan prophesied came to pass, and all of this could have been avoided if David had not allowed temptation to have free reign in his life. So what can we learn from this Bible story?
I think the first thing we all are aware of is that there is no such thing as a perfect murder or a perfect sin in general. David thought he was pretty clever, but he forgot that God saw everything. There is no sin which we commit that is not known by God, and as sure as the sun rises and sets each day, this evil will come out and be known. It may not happen right away...but it will become known.
Another factor we must consider is that even when the sin is forgiven after we repent, there will be consequences of our actions. Things are never quite the same because sin leaves ugly scars upon the soul. David lost his baby and paid a heavy price in his family relationships for the remainder of his days. However, his relationship with God was restored through the forgiveness and mercy of the Lord.
Finally, we must remember that temptation to sin lies in wait for all believers. We must be aware of this and flee from it as surely as Joseph fled from sin. Some will say, "Yes, but look at where Joseph ended up...in prison." Ah, but in the end, Joseph rose to a position of prominence because he trusted himself to God's keeping rather than trying to run his life under his own power. We must be careful to do likewise if we wish to remain in right relationship with God our heavenly Father.
My true crime shows and books really do not offer more than what the Bible has already pictured for us. Without Christ, we are lost, and even when Christ is our Savior, we are still prone to sin and temptation. Therefore, we must always flee temptation and lean upon the Lord and His strength to avoid sinning against Him. He sees and knows all that we are thinking, saying and doing on a daily basis. Let us live to bring Him glory and fulfill the purpose for which He has created us. Selah!