1. David was not where he was supposed to be. (2 Samuel 11:1)
Scripture tells us it was the springtime when the kings of the land went to war, but he stayed back in Jerusalem. It was not a sin that he stayed back but one cannot help but wonder what would have happened if he went to fight with his men.
How does this apply to us?
In most cases, we’re somewhere or we bring our phones (since the majority of people access porn via smartphones these days) we do not need them. For example, if we are prone to give into temptation in the bathroom, we must learn to exercise discipline and leave them out of there or if not, leave the door open while in there (Keep the air freshener on stand-by!). But in all seriousness, we cannot afford to give the devil a foothold by making provision for the flesh.
2. He entertained lust instead of taking a way out. (2 Samuel 11:2)
Since the king stayed back in Jerusalem, he had nothing but idle time on his hands. The Bible says the king arose from his bed and walked on the roof of the palace where he seen the beautiful Bathsheba- and the rest was history.
3. One sin leads to another. (2 Samuel 11:3-26; 12:1-25)
The king noticed how extraordinarily beautiful Bathsheba was and he sent a messenger to inquire of who she was. He was told she was the wife of Uriah the Hittite, one of his mighty men, but he already lusted after her in his heart already, choosing to bypass all reason for momentary satisfaction. This is why Jesus tells us, “I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Matthew 5:28).
It started with a glance, which led to adultery, which led to the death of Uriah after the king attempted to cover up his sins. This would cost him more than he was willing to pay. As a result, the Lord took away the child they conceived; He also told him “the sword will never leave his house.” We see the fruits of that when Absalom slept his wives PUBLICLY, Amnon (David’s son) rapes his daughter Tamar, Absalom in turn kills Amnon and then tries to take the kingdom from David by force, in addition to the struggles Solomon faced during his reign. This shows us how God revisits the sins we commit on the generations after us.
We also learn about the grace and mercy God has on those who love Him. Like David, we were deserving of death for our transgressions against the Lord. We’ve shown how we despise Him when we willfully choose to sin instead of obeying His commands, but out of His goodness and mercy He chooses to forgive us. When King David confessed his sins to the Lord, he was free to have unhindered fellowship with his God.
The same goes for us.
The Bible tells us “if we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). The chains of shame and guilt are broken and no longer hold us captive when we own up to our sins and rely on the grace and mercy of Christ.