Day 99: When the door cracks open (2 Sam. 11-14)

Posted: July 8, 2010 in Uncategorized

One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful, and David sent someone to find out about her. The man said, “Isn’t this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite?” Then David sent messengers to get her. She came to him, and he slept with her. (She had purified herself from her uncleanness.) Then she went back home. The woman conceived and sent word to David, saying, “I am pregnant.” 2 Sam. 11:2-5

And the story only gets worse for David from there. To cover up his original sin, he commits murder, sending Uriah to the front lines to die, so David can have Bathsheba to himself. One sin to cover another, and the cycle continued. It was the beginning of the end for David’s kingdom. Chapters 12-14 detail some pretty heavy stuff – the rape of Tamar by Amnon, and Absalom’s avenging murder of Amnon, acts of cruelty, lust and rage, and a pretty stark 180-degree turn from the family we have seen up to this point! It just goes to show what happens when we let sin grab a foothold in our lives.

Lust. A lot of people confuse it with love, but the two emotions are actually pretty different in nature. Because lust arouses sexual desire, a lot of people have incorrectly assumed that the feeling is what “love” feels like. I would present 1 Corinthians 13 to argue that fact. Love is patient. Lust is self-serving and greedy. Love is kind. Lust is harsh and cruel. Love is gentle. Lust is demanding. What David felt on that rooftop, allowing himself to peek at Bathsheba bathing, was not love, and somewhere deep in his heart, he had to know that. But the feeling of lust felt too good to be contained. Instead of fleeing from the sin, he embraced it in a moment of weakness, he cracked open the door just enough to let himself succumb to sin, sleeping with Bathsheba, giving in to his sinful desires. And did her ever pay for it.

How easy it is. If a great man of God like David can slip so easily into sexual sin, how much easier is it for us, in today’s self-indulgent society to do the same? It doesn’t take a rooftop on a palace to open to door for us young men (and this goes for the ladies too!). Own a computer? With all the useful things the Internet has to offer (this blog being one, in my biased opinion!) – knowledge, convenience, news, networking, etc. – there is an exponentially growing amount of pornography just waiting to be consumed as well. The Internet today is our very palatial rooftop.With one click, we can give in to our lusts as often as we want, and guess what, judging by the popularity of pornography nowadays (it’s a multi-BILLION dollar industry, that’s right, with a B) many people do.

And it’s not just the Internet. Satan is a crafty being. Media these days is saturated with it. Music, movies, TV, magazines. Even newspapers! As a news editor, I can relate to this one. I’ll share a quick story on how it has saturated into our culture: When I first started as an editor in 2007, I opened up a fresh copy of my paper, and to my horror, on our “Learning” page (a page dedicated every week to school happenings and events for kids) was an extremely racy advertisement for a local strip joint (I won’t mention the name here). I know it is a business, but come on, seriously? Even in our family newspapers, the threat is there. It’s constant, widespread and very, very dangerous.

We see examples of its destructive paper every day in the news. Celebrities committing adultery, having affairs, government officials caught in sex scandals. The threat is as real today, if not more so, than back in David’s day. Young men, it would be foolish to say you are immune from the threat. Sexual desire is engrained in us. God gave it to us to express within the confines of marriage. The world has turned this beautiful thing into an abomination. Avoid at all costs! For David, it was a long road of pain and suffering that led to nothing but regret and grief. Don’t let it happen to you!

All it takes is the door to be cracked open. Satan only needs a crack. Keep the door shut. No peeking. No playing with the idea. No compromise. Once the door is open, the downward spiral begins. 2 Samuel 11-14 is kind of a downer, but it’s a harsh reminder of what happens when we give in to our lust.

Jesus said it best in Matthew 5:28 –  But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” It all starts in your heart. If corruption sneaks in, it will make its way to your mind, and eventually you will act on it. The more you sin, the duller you will become to its effects, and the easier it will become. If you are struggling with your sin today, approach God with it earnestly, and He will grant you mercy. It doesn’t mean there won’t be consequences – David certainly felt that – but God will grant forgiveness!

King David was a great man, a man after God’s own heart! But even he wasn’t immune to the dangers of sexual sin. It can happen to the “best” of us. Don’t let it happen it to you! Don’t let the door of your heart crack open! Keep it closed and filled with the things of God!

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