II Samuel 11:1-2
“And it came to pass, after the year expired, at the time when kings go forth to battle,that David 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.
And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king’s house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself;
And the woman was very beautiful to look upon…”
I know I’ve heard this story over and over again, and it’s often thought of as the tipping point of David’s Rule. As most of you know, David takes Bathsheba and sleeps with her. Later, he tells the commander of his armies to place Uriah, Bathsheba’s husband, in the forefront of the battle, where all the courageous men fight. Uriah is killed, and David takes Bathsheba for his wife. It’s interesting to note that Bathsheba mourns his death. He dies for his king, country and, ultimately, for his wife. For a payment, God tells David that he will never have peace, and his life will be full of continual warfare. David and Bathsheba’s first child dies eight days after he is born.
It read’s like a greek tragedy until you get to the part where they produce their second son, Solomon. God has a knack for taking our failed efforts and turning them into something good.
It was the same story every time for me. As I was listening to John stone read the first two verses of 2 Samuel 11, I hadn’t noted anything particularly special from all the other times I had read it, but then John stopped reading. He then brought to our attention a special little thing called Editorial Comments. EC’s are distinguished by the fact that they aren’t crucial to the storyline, but they add a little flavor and character, flesh things out a bit. The chapter begins with it telling us it’s Spring. The EC is when the text tacks on, ‘at the time when kings go forth to battle.’
So what’s David doing at home? It is then, when David isn’t where he should be, that trouble happens.
And it clicked. John had to spell it out for me, but I got it.
When we are not where we are supposed to be, where God wants us to be, that’s when things go wrong. That is when satan slips in the room we’ve made for him.
There are so many speakers that come through Ecola, and I sit through so many hours of lectures that, sometimes, it’s difficult remember everything that I hear. But I’ll remember this.