1 Chronicles 14:1-7 (Part 2) – What’s Your Kryptonite Sin?

Posted: March 31, 2020 in 13-1 Chronicles

1 Chronicles 14:1-7 (Part 2 of 2)

David’s Palace and Family

We all have those, what I call, our kryptonite sins. I call them our kryptonite sins because we all have those areas in life where no matter how hard we try – when we get in the same neighborhood of a particular kind of sin, we always succumb to its siren song. It disables our good judgment. It causes us to throw away years of spiritual maturation. It’s like kryptonite to Superman. Kryptonite disabled all of Superman’s earthly super-powers. Our kryptonite sins are the ones that disable all our spirit-filled defenses against sin. These are the sins that overpower us.

For David, his kryptonite sin was sexual conquest. He loved women and what only women can give a man. It was his kryptonite sin area. David was awed by beautiful women. As you can tell, by the number of children that he had, he reallllly liked women. The episode with Bathsheba shows us that David allowed his sexual desire to override his good sense. This is the same man who has been given the nickname of being “a man after God’s own heart”! In addition, his sinful desire for Bathsheba caused him to commit the sin of complicity to murder. He directed the murder of Bathsheba’s husband. He may not have physically murdered the man but he may as well have. His sin weakness led to a host of other moral failures just so he could keep his pet sin (sexual desire) hidden.

We read about David’s episode with Bathsheba, but that’s not the only wife he had and then add up all the concubines, the dude had sexual desire issues. We all have our kryptonite sin areas. For some, it’s like David – sexual desire overrules all our good sense. For others, it is alcohol abuse. For others, drugs will bring us down every time. For others, it’s money. For others, it’s gossip. For others, it’s (fill in the blank) _____________. Each one of us has that sin area that no matter how hard we say we will not fall to that temptation again, we do it every single time, we get near that type of temptation.

With that in mind, let’s read this passage, 1 Chronicles 14:1-7. Seeing the comment about “more wives” and “more children” that he had by these wives, reminds us that David had a specific sin weakness nearly cost him everything:

Chapter 14

1 Then King Hiram of Tyre sent messengers to David, along with cedar timber, and stonemasons and carpenters to build him a palace. 2 And David realized that the Lord had confirmed him as king over Israel and had greatly blessed his kingdom for the sake of his people Israel.

3 Then David married more wives in Jerusalem, and they had more sons and daughters. 4 These are the names of David’s sons who were born in Jerusalem: Shammua, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon, 5 Ibhar, Elishua, Elpelet, 6 Nogah, Nepheg, Japhia, 7 Elishama, Eliada,[a] and Eliphelet.

In this passage, we see that David accumulated wives and concubines. Having a harem of women was the custom of the day among royals of Middle Eastern culture. However, it was not of God’s design (see Genesis 2:24). David’s marriages brought him great power and influence (because many of his wives, he married to create political alliances with other countries and so on). At the same time, though, the many wives and the children by multiple mothers was a constant cause of strife within David’s royal family. It was his family that caused him the most strife in his life. It was his family that almost cost him his kingdom.

What is your sin weakness? What is your kryptonite sin? What sin is it that you always succumb to the temptation of that sin…without fail? That’s the challenge for us is that usually our kryptonite sins are the ones that we refuse to see as sins to begin with. We refuse to see that we need help with them. We refuse to ask for help with them (because we secretly want to have no one to block us from them if push comes to shove). We must be honest with ourselves about those particular sins that suck us into the drain each and every time we get near them. We all have that one kind of sin! Don’t kid yourself…you do!

Lord, help us to find a true friend that will hold us accountable for our kryptonite sins and help us to avoid being even in the same zip code with that kind of sin! Lord, help us to be honest enough to share this with a trusted friend. Lord, most of us, help us to be honest with you and ask for your help with these particularly stubborn sins for us. Help us to shed ourselves of them through your power before we let them destroy us.

Amen and Amen.

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