Make No Provision for Your Flesh 2 Sam. 11-12 CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO
2 Samuel 11:1 …the time when kings go forth to battle… But David tarried at Jerusalem.
- If you’re not in the fight you’ll be doing something else. That something else is no replacement for being in the battle.
- The reason you’re not in the battle is because there is sin in your heart. Sin is no accident.
- 2 Samuel 11:2-5 – sin occurs when opportunity meets your lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, or your pride of life
- David sent and enquired after the woman. James 1:13-16 – David is drawn away by the adultery in his heart.
- Temptation is offered on a branch you can reach.
- Your own lust is something that is in your heart to do – you don’t use the same bait with a fish as you do a lion so don’t judge someone else’s temptation because you have your own temptations.
- The truth is that you sin because you enjoy the sin.
2 Samuel 11:4-5 And David sent messengers, and took her: and lay with her… and the woman conceived…
- 2 Samuel 11:6-27 – David spends the rest of the chapter trying to cover his own sin
- Cover up is worse than the sin. The quicker you can get to God the better.
- David brings Uriah home to be with his wife, but Uriah refuses because his men are in battle.
- David tries to get him drunk to get him to do something drunk that he won’t do sober, but Uriah still does not go lay with his wife.
- David then sends Uriah to the front of the hottest battle with orders to Joab to retreat and leave Uriah in the hands of the enemies so that he dies. David covers his adultery with murder.
- David is a good man, its scary to think he could get into this mess. It reveals the truth that your heart is deceitful and desperately wicked.
2 Samuel 12:1 And the Lord sent Nathan unto David.
- Thank God for preachers!
- God sends a Preacher – 2 Samuel 12:1-6 – Thank God for Nathan who is willing to point out the king’s sin
- No one says you have to be David or Bathsheba in this story, be Nathan! Help restore someone by telling them the truth with restoration in mind.
- Nathan tells a parable to awake David’s conscience. David is angry over the man’s lack of pity for a little lamb in the parable, but David has just committed adultery and murdered a man and he is angry over a lamb?!
- We are good at pointing the finger and magnifying the sin of someone else and minimizing our own sin. God understands my sin, but that guy over there…
2 Samuel 12:13 And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD.
- Repentance is the right response to God
- God’s word to David brings conviction – 2 Samuel 12:7 – Thou art the man. David has the right response to this.
- Remember that sometimes the grace of God takes the shape of a preacher pointing out your sin.
That was a long introduction to show you the following three things about making provision for your flesh. Listen very closely now.
God’s forgiveness does not eliminate the consequences of sin-
- 2 Samuel 12:13 – David repents and is forgiven by God. His sin has been put away (Psalm 51 & 32)
- 2 Samuel 12:14 – Forgiveness doesn’t eliminate the consequences of sin. The sin is forgiven, but there is still a baby on the way. Uriah is still dead. Forgiveness doesn’t eliminate the consequences of sin.
- 2 Samuel 12:23 – God takes the baby. Babies go to be with the Lord.
- 2 Samuel 12:24-25 God gives David and Bathsheba another baby that proves God has put the sin behind Him.
You have to cut off the provision you’ve made for your flesh-
- 2 Samuel 12:26-29 – David has to get back in the battle, he has to put himself back in a position of obedience.
- If you don’t return to a place of obedience, you will repeat this sin because it’s in your heart to do it.
God has crowns for fallen people who get back in the fight!-
2 Samuel 12:30 – God has forgiven, David has restored himself to a position of obedience and God gives him a crown. You may have lived in sin for 30 years and just began to be obedient. God will say to you for the years you spend serving Him, Well done thou good and faithful servant.