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How King David Faced His Sin: Practical Steps to Dealing with Sin

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Lessons From The Life Of King David 

David had the blessing of God upon his life. He was now about 50 years old, reigning as king for about 20 years, and made a name for himself as a man of God, a composer of Psalms, a shepherd, a valiant warrior, and a leader. With so many accomplishments in his life, David began to overlook compromises in his lifestyle. His life at this point can be characterized as “a neglected sea wall standing constantly against the barrage of the tide and the waves and the ever–pounding sea”(1).

 It was during this time when his guard was down, a weak moment, that Bathsheba enters the picture and he pays a terrible price. Now, Israel had a long line of kings after David, but initially, God had set a few ground rules for the king of Israel’s life:

                   God’s requirements for a King of Israel

1.  A king must not multiply horses for himself or allow his people to    return to Egypt to multiply horses
2.  A king must not multiply wives for himself
3.  A king must not greatly increase silver and gold for himself

The hand of God was upon David and he was immensely blessed – “David realized that the Lord had established him as king over Israel and that he had exalted his kingdom for the sake of his people Israel”(2 Samuel 5:12). However, David was allowing compromises to form in his private life. These were “chinks in his armor” [1]. Compromises are easily overlooked with God’s continued blessings upon one’s life. “Meanwhile David took more concubines and wives from Jerusalem after he came from Hebron, and more sons and daughters were born to David”(2 Samuel 5:13). David fulfilled two of the three requirements for the king of Israel listed above. However, he consistently compromised in the call to “not multiply wives”. David’s thorn in the flesh was…It would seem that David thought he could satisfy his desires by adding to his harem. He was wrong. Every time he gave into his lustful desires, it only increased his desire for more.  Such was the case with Bathsheba, she was just one more. This, at a time when he was weak and vulnerable.

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