“She is Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of
Uriah the Hittite.”
2 Sam 11:3
Was this piece of information about Bathsheba enough to deter David from taking any action in his womanizing?
It wasn’t. The king had the power and he seemed to have made up his mind to
gratify his illicit desire, even though the beautiful woman was somebody else’s
David was abusing his power as king in this case.
He might have thought about the possible consequence before he proceeded, but he evidently thought he could get
away with it and would not have to pay the penalty of his deed.
The woman’s husband was away and David thought he could easily keep the affair secret, yet he didn’t cover
all the bases. He might have been able to lie to men, but he couldn’t lie to
God. After a one night stand, Bathsheba became pregnant.
Did the king take this matter into his careful calculation beforehand? Possibly. But he was willing to take
the risk. Besides, even if the improbable did occur, he had already conjured ways
of covering it up.
David’s scheme was air-tight, wasn’t it?
We can fool most people some of the time by our kennings, but we can’t fool the Lord even one single time. We
don’t always suffer severe consequences for our sinful actions, not because of
our ingenuity, but because of God’s mercy; therefore we keep on doing things to
provoke God’s anger until his patience runs out.
By sinning against God continually, his anger against us will continually be accumulated. We don’t do ourselves any
favors by sinning. Sin doesn’t really pay; even though it gives us temporary
pleasure, the consequences are eternal. “The wages of sin is death,” Paul
During that particular period, David’s life was full of death. Our lives will be permeated by the stench of
death if we seek to gratify the lustful desires of our flesh.
“It’s just not worth it,” I said to a guy who came to talk to me the other day. “The Lord might not punish
us instantly when we sin against him, but the remorse is just too much to bear
afterward,” I continued. It may make us think twice about committing the sin of
adultery if we just consider how David had to suffer for his sin.
In essence, fear of God’s punishment should never be the primary deterrent to keep us from committing any
sin; our love for God should be. What David lost temporarily after he sinned
was the joy of his salvation, which he longed to recover. “Restore unto me the
joy of your salvation,” the king prayed in his psalm. Which of the two do we
value more: the pleasure of sin or the joy of salvation?