2 Samuel 5:6-16 (Part 3) – The Bathsheba Incident Wasn’t Just a Thing; It Was Part of A Pattern

Posted: May 30, 2018 in 10-2 Samuel
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2 Samuel 5:6-16 (Part 3 of 3)
David Captures Jerusalem

I have a dear friend of mine who from the time he was a kid pretty much knew that he was going to be a pastor. Everything in his life from junior high, high school, college and seminary pointed to his becoming a youth pastor or a lead or solo pastor of a church. It was just in his DNA from the beginning. He accepted Christ as his savior as a young child. It wasn’t one of those things where he accepted Christ in a group setting and you could say it was the power of influence and maybe he didn’t really accept Christ as you can say with most people who claim early conversion. He accepted Christ alone in his room as a small child and he remembers every moment of his salvation experience to this day in vivid detail. From that point on, everything pointed toward working full-time in ministry in some way, shape or form. He met his future wife in high school and they married right after high school. She followed him to college and to seminary. All the while, they were having babies. By the time, he became a pastor he and his wife had four children under the age of 8.

They were an awesome couple. They planted a church in the outer edges of the Bay Area in northern California. They were able to grow the church from nothing to about 75 people by the time we met them and they were about 1 ½ to 2 years into the church planting process there. They were engaging and challenging when it came to Christ. They made being a Christ follower fun. They made it meaningful to every day life. They led my wife to the Lord while under their care as our pastoral couple. They became our best friends while we lived there. We are still close with both of them but not like in those days when we lived in the same town! They challenged me to as a Christ follower who had been a spiritual baby for a long time to go deeper and broader with Christ. He challenged me to quick picking and choosing what I wanted to believe and see God’s Word as the measure for my life not the other way around. He challenged me to make my relationship with Jesus Christ a 24/7/365 thing not a Sunday morning thing. He confronted me on issues where my choices in life were in opposition to God’s Word. He did it in a firm but yet loving way. That’s when discipling is most effective. I knew he was my discipler and his words carried weight so they always impacted me greatly. I respected him greatly and it seemed that the church was going to take off as we regretfully had to move to South Carolina because of my job. I just knew that the church was going to make it and make it big because of his and his wife’s faithfulness to their cause for Christ.

However, lurking in the background, was an unchecked sin in my friend’s life. He had a pornography addiction that he kept hidden from everyone. It became a growing and overpowering part of his life. It ultimately rocked his marriage and cost him his church. When you read the statistics on pastors with this same addiction, it will astound you. This sin caused ripple effects in their marriage that they are still dealing with today almost a decade later. His sin led his wife to her own sins which cause insecurities in him which led to further control issues and other problems in their marriage. They are on the edge of divorce as we speak. Their marriage and ministry together, once so vibrant and alive, is a shell of what it could have been. I just wonder what would have happened with that church back in the Bay Area had these issues not come up. Sin unchecked is like a nuclear bomb. It ravages everything in its circle of explosion. Sin unchecked sucks the life out of everything. Sin unchecked kills ministry. Sin unchecked discredits the work we do for God. Satan smiles when we say this sin is OK. He smiles when we say we can handle it.

That idea of unchecked sin festering in the background that ultimately causes us destruction is what I thought of this morning as I read 2 Samuel 5:6-16 for the third and final time before we move on to the next passage. Let’s read the passage now, together:

6 David then led his men to Jerusalem to fight against the Jebusites, the original inhabitants of the land who were living there. The Jebusites taunted David, saying, “You’ll never get in here! Even the blind and lame could keep you out!” For the Jebusites thought they were safe. 7 But David captured the fortress of Zion, which is now called the City of David.

8 On the day of the attack, David said to his troops, “I hate those ‘lame’ and ‘blind’ Jebusites.[b] Whoever attacks them should strike by going into the city through the water tunnel.[c]” That is the origin of the saying, “The blind and the lame may not enter the house.”[d]

9 So David made the fortress his home, and he called it the City of David. He extended the city, starting at the supporting terraces[e] and working inward. 10 And David became more and more powerful, because the Lord God of Heaven’s Armies was with him.

11 Then King Hiram of Tyre sent messengers to David, along with cedar timber and carpenters and stonemasons, and they built David a palace. 12 And David realized that the Lord had confirmed him as king over Israel and had blessed his kingdom for the sake of his people Israel.

13 After moving from Hebron to Jerusalem, David married more concubines and wives, and they had more sons and daughters. 14 These are the names of David’s sons who were born in Jerusalem: Shammua, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon, 15 Ibhar, Elishua, Nepheg, Japhia, 16 Elishama, Eliada, and Eliphelet.

In this passage, we see that in the final three verses (vv. 13-15) there is this, like closure cap to this passage and the one before it (together telling the story of the capture of Jerusalem and David making his throne of the united kingdom there). These verses as are often seen in Old Testament writings are a kind segway into the next story in a book. Kind of future projecting and filler or buffer between two stories. However, just because these verses are transitional from one story to the next one, let us not gloss over them as if they were unnecessary and not worthy of study in and of themselves. Here, there is a subtle story that needs to be understand and learned from. There is power in every verse of the Bible and let us not miss these opportunities.

Here, you see mention of the fact, as filler or transitional information to help end one story before another begins, that David married more wives and took more concubines. Let us not miss the significance of this information. Although David was a man passionate about God and would go down in biblical history as one of the great, godly men of the Old Testament, he, just every other giant of the Bible, was a flawed man. Each biblical giant had blind spots to sin and David is no different. This passing mention of David marrying more wives and taking more concubines tells us two things. David ignored the Bible in this area and it is because his greatest sin weakness was the lusts of the flesh. He loved women. No greater moment is that evident than with Bathsheba. But this set of seemingly throwaway verses shows us that this sexual lustfulness was a problem for David from the time he began to be a man of influence among the Israelites. He loved all women. He lusted after them. He had them at his beckoned call. The Bathsheba incident just didn’t jump on the radar. David’s lust for women can be seen throughout his life history including in these seemingly unimportant verses. Sin unchecked can ultimately bring us down as men of God. Sin unchecked will show itself eventually and lead to our destruction. David almost lost his kingdom over the results of the lusts of the flesh. The infighting between half-siblings led to all out civil war that almost brought David’s kingdom to its knees. How many times in today’s world do we see megachurch pastors who do not have a proper ring of accountability around them and just have yes men that end up failing morally and usually over the lusts for the sexual favors of women.

Let us read and learn from these transitional verses and taking them for more than just a bridge from one story in 2 Samuel to the next. Let us learn that the seeds of David’s sin with Bathsheba and the civil war that came later all can be traced to his lusts of the flesh that we can see right here. David plan out ignores God’s plan for marriage throughout his life. His many wives and concubines are evidence of his disregard for God’s Word in this area. When we ignore God’s Word in a certain area, it is because we want to continue playing with our favorite toy, our favorite sin. You can see in David here. You can see in the story of my friend. You can see it in any of a number of major pastors in the Christian megachurch world. We must measure our lives by God’s Word and repent of our sin when God’s Word calls us out. We must have Christian friends who have the guts to call us out on our sins. We cannot let our sins fester and fester. Sin always destroys. You know it. I know it. God knows it. Let us pray that when God convicts us of a sin that we will repent and turn from it.

Amen and Amen.

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