David's Lesson

You reckon they knew? Before he went to David, he told others? Certainly there were rumors. The servants knew that he had sent for her, even after being advised that she was the wife of Uriah the Hittite. But what else might they know? How David called Uriah from the battlefield (where David should have been), caused him to be drunken, and sent him home to lie with his wife--all in an effort to hide it? But it would not be hid.

Did they know more, about plan number two, that David would sit in the seat of God and cover his sin with the blood of Uriah? Having used his power to steal Uriahís glory, he also demanded his life? At his command Joab had placed Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle and withdrew from him, leaving him to die. And so there was thus no adultery, as there was no husband -- and the child would be born to Bathsheba and David . . .so David planned. (2 Samuel 11:1-15)

God knew the sin before it was done. Had David called upon Him any time prior to the act, all could have been spared. Even after the sin there would have been immediate forgiveness, if there had been and true repentance. But rather than come to God, David had compounded the sin, perhaps thinking God would wink at the error of the man He had personally chosen to lead His people. And it was only the people from whom David hid the sin.

David had sent ". . . Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the children of Ammon, and besieged Rabbah. But David tarried still at Jerusalem." {2 Samuel 11:1}.  There, idle on his throne he set his course when he inquired of Bathsheba.

Unlike Job who made a solemn vow to not allow himself to be tempted to abuse his power over servant girls David dared to call a married woman to him. Perhaps for a conversation about the increasing prosperity of Jerusalem due to the efforts of men like her husband, and how fortunate Uriah was to have such a beautiful wife, who was certainly all that any man could want. Truly she was the type of woman men dream of while away at battle, yearning for the time they would return and lie with her and be cared for. A man of battle needed such care; there were so many pressures upon him; drink could not ease the mind; comradery with the fellows was no salve for the soul; this weight can be lifted only by a good woman, "if you understand me;" and she understood. Only a good woman could bring the comfort he needed. Of course he knew this, being a great King. He regaled her with stories of the days when he would return from battle to one of his many wives to be comforted so--being the great King he was, he needed seven. And having seen Bathsheba bathing he knew that "you, Bathsheba, possess so much more comforting ability." And this comforting by one so lovely was what he missed. The absence kept him from focusing on the affairs of state. "Yes. Uriah, your husband, is such a blessed man. I envy him . . . to come home into such a gorgeous creature . . . a beauty so bounteous that even God shouts WO MAN! ." And with beguiling words he seared both their consciences {1 Tim 4:2 KJV} to the point that blatant sin was no longer detected. And together they moved forward thinking themselves safe and still serving Him.

But the servant who fetched her knew. Joab, the commander knew. And God told Nathan; who brought the matter to David in a parable David mistook to be an entreaty for justice for the poor owner of a lamb {2 Samuel 12:1-11}. Before Nathan could tell him that he, David, was he the subject of the parable, David had unwittingly pronounced death upon himself. But God was more forgiving. For the sake of Israel He spared David, but declared there would be war within his house forever; and the child born to Bathsheba would die.

David had tried to hid his sin from the people, and God did not make public Davidís acknowledgment of sin. The people of Israel never knew why Davidís rule was plagued with war from within; they never knew why David gathered supplies to build Godís house but left it to his son, Solomon. But David came to know that he could not cover his own sin or even determine to never sin again and make it so. David knew then that he needed help. So he sought Godís deliverance:

(Psalm 51:10 KJV) "Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me" and we learned something more important than the information about his sin that was withheld from Israel--turning from sin can only be done with Godís help which only comes with confession.

If President Clinton has done anything wrong (and it does appear he has), it is more beneficial for us that he turn to God than it is for him to face public humiliation. If he has done something abominable, he remains our double --we have him until 2002, and our assignment is much more direct than the Republican Party would have us believe. Our chore is not to interrogate. Our chore is to pray. What he needs is the same thing David needed, the same thing we need; for God to cleanse us and give us each a new heart. For our own benefit we must pray that he receive it---(1 Timothy 2:1-2 KJV) I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; {2} For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.