“It’s just one time.”
“No one else will know.”
“It’s a harmless little sin.”
You may have had these thoughts when you faced the temptation to sin. Today we will learn from an example of how harmful just one sin can be.
Let’s read together 2 Samuel 11:1-2.
David saw a beautiful woman bathing. Let’s be clear at this point. First of all, the woman did nothing wrong. David saw her from his rooftop. Secondly, David did not sin by happening to gaze upon her. If he averted his eyes and walked away, he would not have sinned.
Let’s read together 2 Samuel 11:2-5.
Temptation is not the same as sin. However, if you act upon temptation, you will sin. David lusted after the woman and inquired after her. Remember David is already married. (He actually had more than one wife, but that is another issue.)
One of David’s servants discreetly tried to turn him away from his sinful course of action. He told David the woman was Bathsheba and she was married. In fact, she was married to Uriah the Hittite, one of David’s most trusted warriors (1 Chronicles 11:41).
However, David persisted in his sin and sent for Bathsheba. Not only did David sin by having sex with Bathsheba and committing adultery, he abused his power as king. Was Bathsheba in any position to be able to refuse the king? David could have threatened her life and even the life of her husband if she did not sleep with him.
Let’s read together 2 Samuel 11:6-27.
David may have only wanted a one-night stand with Bathsheba, but she sent word to him she was pregnant. David tried to cover his sin by bringing Uriah home to be with his wife. Unfortunately for David, Uriah was an honorable man and refused to go home to his wife while his fellow warriors were still out fighting. David even got Uriah drunk, but Uriah still would not go home.
David then had Uriah murdered on the battlefield. He even made his general Joab complicit in the murder! Afterwards, David married Bathsheba and thought the matter was settled. David may have hidden his sins from the people, but God knew what he did (2 Samuel 11:27; Psalms 139:7-12).
Let’s read together 2 Samuel 12:1-12.
“You are the man!” David was confronted with his sins and pronounced judgment upon himself.
Let’s read together 2 Samuel 12:13-15.
David earnestly repented and God forgave his sins. However, forgiveness did not mean David would not suffer consequences for his sins.
Let’s read together 2 Samuel 12:16-19; 2 Samuel 13:23-33; 2 Samuel 18:9-17; and 1 Kings 2:13-25.
David and Bathsheba’s son. Amnon. Absalom. Adonijah. David lost four sons according to the judgment he pronounced upon himself. Amnon even repeated David’s sin and raped his own half-sister Tamar.
Let’s read together 1 Samuel 13:14 and Acts 13:22
How can David be a man after God’s own heart? He failed miserably when faced with sexual temptation! He committed so many sins!
Let’s read together Psalms 51:1-19; 100:4; and 119:47-48.
David was a man who sought to follow God with all his heart. He was thankful and praised God often. He loved God’s law and meditated upon it daily. When he stumbled and sinned, he repented and sought forgiveness from God. David was far from perfect and the Bible does not try to hide his flaws and failures. However, as low as David’s lows were, his highs were so unbelievably high, when he followed God completely.