Week 15   Day 6


the things we glance at

can become the objects we end up gazing at
sins are like that
gaining our attention 
capturing our curiosity 
imprisoning our interest 
if we allow them to                 

                    David and his experience with Bathsheba 
was something like that

                                 seeing the beauty of another man's wife 
                                  taking her for himself 
                                 excusing himself from responsibility


                    unrepented sins get one into worse problems

                    than the momentary distress of confession

                                  leading one into more


                    there are three great "r" words our Lord teaches us
                    prescriptions for dealing with our sins




       In an idle moment, David pursued temptation.
                                          II Samuel 11

     1 It happened at the time when kings go out to battle, that

Joab and his servants, and all Israel destroyed the people of

Ammon.   But David remained at Jerusalem.

     2One evening David arose from his bed and walked on the

roof of the king's house, and saw a woman bathing, and the

woman was very beautiful.  3So David inquired about the

woman.  Someone said, "Is this not Bathsheba, the wife of

Uriah the Hittite?"  4Then David sent messengers, and took

her; and she came to him.  He lay with her, and she returned
to her house.  5The woman conceived; so she sent
and told
David, "I am with child."

     6Then David sent to Joab, saying, "Send me Uriah the

Hittite."  Joab sent Uriah to David.  7David asked how the

war prospered,  8and said to Uriah, "Go down to your house

and wash your feet."  So Uriah departed 9but slept at the

door of the king's house with all the servants, and did not go

down to his house.  10So when they told David, David said

to Uriah, "Did you not come from a journey?  Why did you

not go down to your house?"

     11Uriah said to David, "The ark of the Lord and both Israel
and Judah are
dwelling in tents, and Joab and the servants
are encamped
in the open fields.  Shall I then go to my house
to eat and
drink, and to lie with my wife?  As you live, I will not
this thing."

     12Then David said to Uriah, "Wait here today also, and

tomorrow I will let you depart."  So Uriah remained in

Jerusalem that day and the next.  13When David called him,

he ate and drank before him, and David made him drunk. 
evening he went out to lie on his bed with the servants,

but he did not go down to his house.

     14 In the morning David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it

by the hand of Uriah.  15And he wrote in the letter, saying,

"Set Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retreat

from him, that he may be struck down and die."  17 And

Uriah the Hittite died.

     26When the wife of Uriah heard that her husband was

dead, she mourned.  27When her mourning was over,

David brought her to his house, and she became his wife

and bore him a son.  But the thing that David had done

displeased the Lord.
          This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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