When you think of the life of David, one of two events probably come to your mind. You either remember the young David who slew Goliath; or you remember when the older David who committed adultery with Bathsheba. Both events were monumental moments in the life of David – one for good reason and one for a bad reason. In the first, David revealed fact of his humility which led him to eventually being crowned as King of Israel. In the second, David revealed the fact of his humanity and the choices he made and the troubles following these choices. In the first, David proved that he was a man of faith and God provided him with many victories over many powerful enemies. In the second, David proved that he was a man of flesh and his fleshly desires were his greatest enemy. When David met a giant named Goliath, we are privileged to read about his greatest victory. When David saw Bathsheba, we sadly read his greatest defeat and with this defeat we see many parts of his life crumble.
Many times you hear this story of David and Bathsheba and it is presented in a way that makes it sound like David just fell into this sin. I do not see that as the case at all. If he were to have just fallen into the sin, it would all be an accident but nothing in this story or the way it is presented shows us this was just an accident. What happens in this story is set up by choices, the choices that David made. The same is true for you and me. We are not just falling into sin but we are making choices that lead us into sin. We do our best to blame others for our sin but that is simply not true, it is the man or woman in the mirror is the one you need to blame for your sin. You are responsible for your sin so stop trying to blame it on others. We blame our problems on everyone else when it is quite frankly our poor choices, decisions, and not following the Word of God is what gets us into the sinful places we end up in life.
David, as the Bible itself says, is a man after God’s own heart and he was capable of an affair, a murder, a cover up, and so much more. Never think that you are not capable of doing horrendous things and never point the finger at others saying you could never be capable of doing do this or that because it is simply not true. As we see with David’s life, if we make the wrong choices, it could easily be us.
Now let us move forward to the verses for today and and start with 2nd Samuel 11:1 – Then it happened in the spring, at the time when kings go out to battle, that David sent Joab and his servants with him and all Israel, and they destroyed the sons of Ammon and besieged Rabbah. But David stayed at Jerusalem.
There are a number of things to cover here in this opening verse and the first thing is David’s age at this point because I see it might help us to understand some of the choices that he made. David is approximately 50 years old at this time which would mean that he has been king for about 20 years. What I see in this is that David is facing midlife. There are things now in David’s life that are showing up and they are making problems for him. The first is that I see it as David has realized all of his goals. He has everything anyone could possibly want. He is powerful, he is successful, and has any material good that he could ever desire. I believe that because he has all this that he has become complacent. The second thing I see is that in a real sense he has become bored because of his defeating everyone and anything that has come against him. Challenges that have come his way have all been conquered be they armies, women, or whatever has come his way. The third thing is in midlife he is most likely physically beginning to slow down which for a man is a hard thing. For women they always want to look beautiful and men always want to be strong. David most likely is losing his strength and as a man this is a hard thing to have to deal with and I would bet that David is becoming self-conscious about it.
So what do we have? We have David who is most likely getting complacent because he has anything and everything. We have David getting bored because he sees that there are no real challenges out there for him. We have David getting self-conscious because he is slowing down and getting older. This is a deadly combination that lead to poor choices.
The poor choice we see in this verse comes when we see that David did not go out to battle. It was springtime and the time of the year when kings went to war. They would fight spring through fall but took a break from war in the cold winter months because rains and cold weather made travel and campaigning difficult. Once the spring time rolled around again the fighting would resume.
What we see here is that David sent Joab and his servants and the whole Israelite army to fight but David stayed at Jerusalem. Now this was not the normal way of doing things. We today have our leader/generals stay as far away as possible from the battle but in that day and time the King would lead them out to the battle. David did not do that this time which is different from times past. The reason why David did not go to war is I believe is what we just discussed: complacency, boredom, and getting older, plus going to battle just did not seem like something he wanted to do at this point in time.
Now the choice for David to not go out to battle is a bad one but I do not want you to think that this was the beginning of the choices that David made that ended up with adultery and murder. Never forget that David showed his disregard for God’s plan many years before when he took more than one wife. You see it was David’s poor choices of adding wives and the indulgence of his passions are what started him down this road of poor choices that lead to the affair and the murder. This corrupt seed, sown long ago, has grown unchecked long enough and will now begin to bear bitter fruit. David became complacent and stopped doing some of the right things he needed to do and just did what he felt like doing.
What corrupt seed is sown in your life that is going unchecked? What choices are you making today that are going to make a negative difference in the future? What sin are you tolerating in yourself? Are you tolerating gossip, lust, anger, greed, selfishness? What seed are you tolerating that is growing and that if not pulled now will produce a bitter fruit that will damage you? We cannot tolerate sin in our own lives or it will badly damage us.
You see I believe that David stopped doing what he knew he should do and just did what he felt like doing. You know what that is like, right? You know you should exercise but you don’t feel like it, so you don’t. You know you should eat right but you do not feel like it, so you don’t. You know you should worship with other believers but you get up, don’t feel like is so you don’t. You know you should pray but you do not feel like it so you don’t. You know you should read and study the word of God but you do not feel like it so you don’t.
So what happens in this case? We end up not doing what we should be doing and that is when the desire for what others have comes along. Others worked for it but we want to get it the easy way – just take it from them. Most of us have everything a man or a woman could ever want like David did. We end up though seeing as the grass being greener on the other side of the fence and so we want the greener grass. So instead of watering our own grass we go and take someone else’s grass. That is what we are going to see David that did, he saw something that he wanted and then took it from someone else, he took what looked good. You see David like us does not understand that really the grass is always greener where septic drainage field is. When we go to the other side to take that greener grass we end up in a bunch of dung. That is what we will see happen with David – he is going to try to relieve his complacent attitude, his boredom, and his self-consciousness with his desire or lust for Bathsheba but he will end up with a whole lot of dung in his life. Why? Because he was doing not what he should be doing but what he felt like doing.
What are your thoughts on what I have written today? Have you dealt with the corrupt seeds in your life?