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2nd Samuel – David’s Passionate Fall

Our sermon is entitled David’s Passionate Fall, and it is a sobering one. We will be in 2 Samuel 11:1-5.  We will look frankly at the topic of lust and adultery. King David’s fall into a great and heart-breaking sin is almost unbelievable, and David seems like a whole different person in this chapter. We tread more slowly through this chapter because adultery and lust are sins that are not only common today, they are accepted as normal and celebrated as fun. In the coming week or two, we will look at the compounding of David’s sin to include deception, murder and manipulation, and then at David’s exposure by God. We will grapple with the implications of this fall into sin and apply its lessons to our own circumstances today. We end with suggestions on how to avoid falling into adultery ourselves when confronted with the temptation. We will tackle this sorrowful text in six sections:

  1. It Can Happen to You
  2. A Contrast of Settings
  3. Delights of the Eyes
  4. Crossing to the Forbidden Zone
  5. Sin Finds You Out
  6. Avoiding Temptation to Adultery
    1. Have a plan in place
    2. Avoid idleness / change your habits 
    3. Flee the first sign of danger
    4. Do not entertain fantasies 
    5. Run to scripture

Our public reading  was Matthew 5:27-30.

2 Samuel 11:1-5

11:1 In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle, David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel. And they ravaged the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem.

It happened, late one afternoon, when David arose from his couch and was walking on the roof of the king’s house, that he saw from the roof a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful. And David sent and inquired about the woman. And one said, “Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?” So David sent messengers and took her, and she came to him, and he lay with her. (Now she had been purifying herself from her uncleanness.) Then she returned to her house. And the woman conceived, and she sent and told David, “I am pregnant.” (ESV)

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Matthew 5:27-30

27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell. (ESV)