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David's Affair With Bathsheba

David's Affair With Bathsheba

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
This has become one of the best known chapters in the Bible, and movies, books and plays have been made to portray it for public entertainment. It is a chapter of lust, murder and coverup to match any soap opera. "In the whole of the Old Testament literature there is no chapter more tragic or full of solemn and searching warning than this." (G. Campbell Morgan) This is the chapter where the best of the godly men becomes the worst sinner, for David in this chapter commits adultery, deceives a friend, murders that friend, and lies to himself, God and the world by trying to cover up his dastardly deeds.
This has become one of the best known chapters in the Bible, and movies, books and plays have been made to portray it for public entertainment. It is a chapter of lust, murder and coverup to match any soap opera. "In the whole of the Old Testament literature there is no chapter more tragic or full of solemn and searching warning than this." (G. Campbell Morgan) This is the chapter where the best of the godly men becomes the worst sinner, for David in this chapter commits adultery, deceives a friend, murders that friend, and lies to himself, God and the world by trying to cover up his dastardly deeds.

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DAVID'S AFFAIR WITH BATHSHEBAII SAMUEL 11 COMMETARY
Written and edited by Glenn Pease
PREFACE
I quote many authors in this commentary because I feel they have stated the true understanding of the text in ways that make their comments valuable for grasping what God is saying to us in this chapter. If any of these authors does not wish his wisdom to be shared in this way, I will remove it at their request. If I do not give credit to an author who is recognized, I will do so if it is pointed out to me. My e-mail is gdpease1@gmail.com
ITRODUCTIO
 This has become one of the best known chapters in the Bible, and movies, books and plays have been made to portray it for public entertainment. It is a chapter of lust, murder and coverup to match any soap opera. "In the whole of the Old Testament literature there is no chapter more tragic or full of solemn and searching warning than this." (G. Campbell Morgan) This is the chapter where the best of the godly men becomes the worst sinner, for David in this chapter commits adultery, deceives a friend, murders that friend, and lies to himself, God and the world by trying to cover up his dastardly deeds. Constable wrote, “This is perhaps the second most notorious sin in the Bible, after the Fall. It has probably received the most attention from unbelievers in movies and other forms of entertainment. Unbelievers love to gloat over the sins of godly people.”
David and Bathsheba 1 In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king's men and
 
the whole Israelite army. They destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained in Jerusalem.
1. It is hard for us to grasp the life of warfare in the ancient world. Life was a constant battle with enemies for Israel. They were always surrounded by enemies, and so every Spring when it was possible to get about in the hills and valleys, and the weather was more pleasant for warfare, they would round up the fighting men and go out to defend their land and people from enemy forces coming to take it, and to enrich their own bank accounts by taking booty from the army of the enemy. It was equivalent to what sports events are in our day. It was competition to see who could defeat the other army and take away the prize. This was practically a tradition throughout the history of David as king, and only ceased for a time when Solomon became the king and ruled in peace. David was a man of war his whole life.2. We are about to witness the second most infamous and notorious sin in all the Bible, for this sin of David has received the attention of Bible scholars, preachers, authors, movie makers and artists of all kinds of media more than any other sin other than that of Adam and Eve in their disobedience to God that led to the fall of man. This chapter is is one of the most read and studied chapters in the Bible, for even godless people love to read of the fall of godly men. David made the common mistake of life in thinking that he did not need to keep his guard up because he was not in the midst of warfare. We are never off the battle field, for we have an enemy that is always seeking to lure us into disobedience to God just as he did in the Garden of Eden, and has been doing ever since. It is easy to come to the conclusion that when we are successful enough to have others fight our battles leaving us free to enjoy our leisure, that we do not need to live with a spirit of alertness and skepticism. We think that all is going so well that we are free from attack. we are on top of the world and have it made. This is when we have our guard down, for we let pride lead us to think we are superior to any force that would rob us of our present glory.” author unknown3. He is getting up in age at this point, and so he decides to sit this one out and let his men do the fighting. He did not realize it, but he was going to have the biggest battle of his life by staying home and not going to war. David faced a bigger enemy of his life at home that he ever did on the battlefield. He was facing the giant that makes Goliath look like a pygmy in comparison, for he was brought face to face with sexual lust. This giant has brought down to defeat more kings, heroes and men of all types than any other weapon you can imagine. His army went out to great victory over the Ammonites, but he stayed home and went down in defeat.4. This was a turning point in the life of David, for up until this time his life has been glorious as the king of God’s people. He was the ultimate in success, and he never lost a battle. He was rich and happy, and lived in a marvelous mansion with a
 
harem of beautiful wives and loving children. o man could ask for more. But now we come to this turning point where his life starts to unravel and become more of a nightmare than a dream come true, and the cause of it all is an uncontrolled sex drive. 5. Arthur Pink, one of the greatest writers on the life of David, and one who wrote two large volumes on his life, approaches this passage with these words, "A difficult and most unwelcome task now confronts us: to contemplate and comment upon the darkest blot of all in the fair character of David. But who are we, so full of sin in ourselves, unworthy to unloose his shoes, to take it upon us to sit in judgment upon the sweet Psalmist of Israel. Certainly we would not select this subject from personal choice, for it affords us no pleasure to gaze upon an eminent saint of God befouling himself in the mire of evil. O that we may be enabled to approach it with true humility, in tear and trembling..." "This inspired record is to be regarded as a divine beacon, warning us of the rocks upon which David’s life was wrecked; as a danger signal, bidding us be on our guard, lest we, through un-watchfulness, experience a similar calamity." "here we behold the lusts of the flesh allowed full sway not by a man of the world, but by a member of the household of faith; here we behold a saint, eminent in holiness, in a unguarded moment, surprised, seduced and led captive by the devil. The "flesh" in the believer is no different and no better than the flesh in an unbeliever!"6. Pink goes on, "Yes, the sweet Psalmist of Israel, who had enjoyed such long and close communion with God, still had the "flesh" within him, and because he failed to mortify its lusts, he now flung away the joys of divine fellowship, defiled his conscience, ruined his soul’s prosperity, brought down upon himself (for all his remaining years) a storm of calamities, and made his name and religion a target for the arrows of sarcasm and blasphemy of each succeeding generation. Every claim that God had upon him, every obligation of his high office, all the fences which divine mercy had provided, were ruthlessly trampled under foot by the fiery lust now burning in him. He who in the day of his distress cried, "My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God" (Ps. 42:2) now lusted after a forbidden object. Alas, what is man? Truly "man at his best estate is altogether vanity" (Ps. 39:5).7. It is almost universally accepted that the most dangerous time in life is when you have achieved your dreams and goals. This is when you are most vulnerable to acts of folly. Your success in achieving your goals makes you proud and this kind of pride gives you a sense of security that nothing can stop you or hinder you from having anything that you want. David is on top of the world, living in the highest building where he can look out over all the city. They are secure because he and his forces have secured their borders by defeating all their enemies. His soldiers are just involved in a mop-up operation against the Ammonites where he is not even needed because the victory is a sure thing. He lives in great honor and luxury, and can nap in the afternoon because he is so secure. It is in this state that he makes the biggest mistake of his life and blots forever a near spotless record. 8. HERY, "Here is, I. David's glory, in pursuing the war against the Ammonites,

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