What You Need To Understand About David And Bathsheba Regarding God's Punishment, Faith And The Heart And Mind.

The names and story you know well, but the extreme depths in these words are of our Hearts that Our Lord God watches so closely that He even knows our deepest intents hidden within from the whole world. . . but never hid from Him. Faith by Actions is what this true story can teach us well. . .
" . . . for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and by Him actions are weighed." 1 Samuel 2:3

There was a man who one day got up from his couch and walked out upon his rooftop, and as he was gazing about, his eyes caught vision of a very beautiful and desirous woman that was washing herself. Well, with human nature hard at work within his thoughts, what he really wanted was to just to lay with her. Now she was a married woman, and her husband was away on the battle field in a war for the kingdom that she lived in. So he sent for her, and she came to him, and once together, they had their private time even though she was committing adultery, and he knew it. Shortly thereafter through the passing of some time she informed the man that she was pregnant with his seed. So what happens next is that her husband is sent for with a message saying to return from the war and come to him. The man was king David, the woman was Bathsheba, and her husband was Uriah.

“And when Uriah was come unto him, David demanded of him how Joab his commanding officer did, and how the people did, and how the war prospered. And David said to Uriah, Go down to thy house, and wash thy feet,
And Uriah departed out of the king’s house, and there followed him a mess of meat [a gift from the king]. But Uriah slept at the door of the king’s house and did not go home.”  2 Samuel 11:7-8

Now David wanted Uriah to lay with his wife to cover his sin, and because his first attempt had failed, he tried again to get Uriah home to his wife Bath-sheba, but he would not go. So what was David to do? And how was he going to cover and hide his sin? David wrote a letter to Joab saying. “Set ye Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retire ye from him, that he may be smitten, and die.”  verse 15

Now did you get that? David had layed with the wife of one of his men at war, then he connived a way to cover his tracks by getting her own husband to return from the battle and sleep with her. When that idea failed thrice, he committed premeditated murder by writing a letter that he would himself [Uriah] deliver, only to get himself killed.

Now let’s read an interesting verse in Acts that will be a part of teaching some very important truths of God.

In Chapter 13, verse 22 the words read “I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart”, which shall fulfill all my will. Even with the gruesome act that David committed, God still considered him a man after His own heart. You really need to think about that in a very deep way, spiritually.

There is a very powerful lesson for all to learn just from this one of many instances in the life of David. So what happened next?

Uriah was killed, Bethsheba mourned. "And when the mourning was past, David sent and fetched her to his house, and she became his wife, and bare him a son. But the thing that David had done displeased the Lord. 2 Samuel 11:27
After time had passed, and David had no thoughts or sorrows for the awful things that he had done, therefore the Lord sent Nathan unto David to tell him a story.

Now I ask you this. . . will your mind accept the truths that it doesn’t want? Lets briefly look at Christ, “the same yesterday, and today, and forever.”

Now let’s look at Satan, because he also never changes. He is a deceiver and the father of lies, and he is very good at what he does as you can see by the horrors of society today.

The word of God in Deuteronomy 8:3 just plain says it as God wants you to be. . .

“And He humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that He might make thee to know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live.”

When is the last time you read in the words of Christ. . . .merry christmas? When did our Lord ever discuss bunnies and colored eggs? Did our Lord attend church on the 1st day of the week? I will say no more because human minds are naturally defensive with many mistaken reasons as to why you don’t have to do as Christ tells you to do in Hebrews 5:9 and 1 Peter 2:21 along with His question to all believers in Luke 6:46.

In Luke 13:23- “Then said one unto Him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And He said unto them;

Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. When once the Master of the house is risen up, and hath shut the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and He shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are: [He knew not saved people, and you will find out why by His words in Matthew below].

I care about you, and pray without ceasing for the love of Christ as it is written in Ephesians 3:19. “And to know the love of Christ which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God. Can you even imagine how being filled with all of the fullness of God would be the greatest honor in the universe for eternity?

“When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then shall He sit upon the throne of His glory: And before Him shall be gathered all nations: and He shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats; And He shall set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer Him , saying, Lord, when saw we thee hungred, and fed thee? Or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we theee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”

In the words that you just read the subject is a subject that a world of believers in God know nothing of called love; and the verses of thy word is truth are so many that prove how all have no genuine love for others that at this time I will not even thake the time to list them all because they are all through my hundreds of writings.

Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was a hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked , and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer Him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall He answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. Matt 25:31-46

Now on the surface are the words, oh, that’s not me on the left because I am saved, so I don’t have to do what Christ says to do. And all of todays saved and loving Christains will also ignore those words as if used in a plea from a brother while judging and making false accusations calling you lazy, out for personal gain, and everything else their mind needs to cover their own selfish pride that God hates. . . .while forgetting that to God, everything is open and naked, nothing is hidden, and God sees us only through our hearts, and our hearts intent. Hebrews 4:12-13

God has made me very strong concerning my faith in Him, because He has chastised me for a lifetime and still is. He knows my needs before I even ask Him, and so does every brother that reads my many written words. I am hungry, a poor, health difficulties, a marriage I want, but have no ring or marriage expense funds. Epoxy holding shoe soles, no suit, no printer,a used computer, an illegal immigrant, and pretty much no nothing other than what is required for survival which is complete love and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ which gives us the needed inner strength to stand strong regardless of circumstances. One thing that I possess that God sees well is a heart that pleases Him. I have helped many a person with genuine care time wise with mechanical abilities, and when they asked what they owe, I would say, your smile will be fine. I gave to cancer, CP,MS, sponsored a child, Feed the Children, policeman’s fund, Midnight Call, $5000 to a church building fund, $75,000 to help a friend who was not as he went bankrupted on me, and just to many other kind acts to even mention until I had no more. Now, many years later at this point in my life, twenty four hours a day are devoted only to God, and there is not one person that will even help me in any way, why?

Those words you just read have no intent of wanting anything, but just a lesson from God that teaches well about the hearts of many past and present. And that my friend, is why the world is as it is this day.

Satan is why. . .

In fact he is so good at religious deception that even when God directly tells us something about ourselves along with instructions on how to examine our self and overcome the wicked one, we just automatically put our own self above deception, even though without even knowing it we have already been manipulated by Satan. That is what happened to David and Bathsheba because Satan never changes. He deceived Eve in Genesis and he has been deceiving the entire world ever since.  One of Satan’s greatest specialties is human pride. . . because once he has puffed your mind he can just pour into it whatever he desires, and will you believe it. But when God tells us what to do, and what He expects, our automatic false philosophy is “I am saved” so nothing that God commands me to do such as following the steps of Christ seems to matter. Think about the words of Paul in 1 Thessalonians 5:21 below.

"Prove all things; hold fast that which is good." Now with those and every word that we are to live by, prove how you can justify God's Sabbath on Sunday, the first day of the week. You can't because it is impossible. In the 1600's the Catholics admit to changing it from Saturday to Sunday with no scriptures to back up or justify what they did.

Now that story was a parable, and perhaps one of the most interesting parables in the Bible. When Nathan came to the unsuspecting David, he began to tell him a seemingly very harmless story about a rich man and a poor man living in the same city. You really need to read this story for yourself in 2 Samuel 12:1-4 with a prayerful and humble attitude so that God can deeply plant its meaning deep within your heart. The man that was telling this short story was living dangerous when he just grabbed a moment to confront the recent past of the most famous king of Israel. The whole plan of God through Nathan was to get inside of David’s mind of self deception and moral blindness and to cut the cords of the demonic powers holding him in blindness. Just as all things that God does, it was done well, because “David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man: and he said to Nathan, As the Lord liveth, the man that hath done this thing shall surely die. (v 5)

David just totally condemned his own self without even realizing it. Then he added the words. . . “And he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity. (v 6)

Wow!! He not only condemned himself, but even described himself perfectly when he said the words “he had no pity”. So where is God in this situation? Read on and learn. . .

“And Nathan, said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul; And I gave thee thy masters house, and thy masters wives into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been to little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things.” (v 7-8)

Do you feel the depth of the love of God towards David? So He asks. . .

“Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the Lord, to do evil in His sight? Thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife.” (v 9)

“Thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and shall give them unto thy neighbor, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun.” Lets look at this verse another way.

“I swear to you that I will cause someone from your own family to bring trouble on you. You will see it when I take your wives from you and give them to another man; and he will have intercourse with them in broad daylight. You sinned in secret, but I will make this happen in broad daylight for all Israel to see.” (v 9)

Are you getting God’s message of punishment here? Bathsheba, one woman, in private, committed adultery with David.

Now through God’s ways, David’s wives [plural] will commit adultery against David their husband, and not in private, but right in the clear of day under the sun for all Israel to see. Can you even begin to imagine the shame that King David must have felt while seeing his own wives having sexual intercourse with another man in public for all to see?

“I have sinned against against the Lord,” David said. Nathan replied, “The Lord forgives you; you will not die. But because you have shown such contempt for the Lord in doing this, your child will die. Then Nathan went home. (v 13-14)
Do you now begin to clearly see and understand how God can punish? Adultery for adulteries, and death for death, as in the death of your own child rather than a stranger. This is God’s fair judgment against the one whom let his heart slip away from the Lord. . . .and when you do that, you forget that. . . .

“The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.” Pr.15:3

So after all that, why was David still a man after God’s own heart? Because of his heartfelt faith, even though he knew that his son would surely die, he laid on the earth and fasted in pray for God to heal him, yet his son died, and David just accepted it while still loving God, because he knew that it was a punishment. (v 16,19)

Read the words in Psalms 51:1-17 as David was pouring out his heart to God in sorrows with true love and repentance, and with those same words and many others, you and I should always without fail be doing the exact same thing as David was doing directly to Our Lord and Majestic Father God of a universe with billions of stars that He has even named.

David had faith! Great faith! Read these words of great meaning in Hebrews 11:6.

“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarded of them that diligently seek him.”

Lets look at the faith in David that God saw long before he was made king. We all must strive to see things spiritually, just as God does, because faith is in things not seen.

First of all you need to try your best to get a vision of Goliath. Let’s look at the words in 1 Samuel, chapter 17, starting with verse 4.

“And there went a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span.”

Now a cubit is 1 ft and 5 inches multiplied by six equals 8 ft 6 inches. Add to that one span which is about 9 more inches, you have one big bad dude to mess with that stands close to 9 feet and 3 inches tall.

and covered with more brass, a shield, coat of mail, a spear and just enough items to make a whole separate writing just on his appearance. The pure fact of the matter is found in verse 24 that says . . .

And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him, and were sore afraid. Please for yourself read on to verse 31 as we come in verse 32 too just how powerful, deep, and true David’s faith was.

“And David said to Saul, Let no man’s heart fail because of him; thy servent will go and fight with this Philistine. And Saul said to David, Thou art not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him: for thou art but a youth, and he is a man of war from his youth. And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his fathers sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock: And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him. Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God. David said moreover, The Lord that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine.

Now I ask you my brethren, is what David said from his heart not true and genuine faith that we should all pray for? Anyone been walking on the water lately? As personal as these next words may be to me, I feel that by God’s lead I must share them with you.

In my special and deep prayers to God every evening, this is just one of my many prayers after lifting Him most high as creator of all things seen and unseen.

Oh Lord, hear my prayer, and give ear to my supplications, and in thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness.

Allow me to walk on the water, heal the sick, touch broken hearts, and too feed multi millions while glorifying you and preaching your message of the world tomorrow and your kingdom to soon come with no more of the hurts and evils in the world that is at this time. And being that you know my heart is fastened on only you as my life’s priority, I humbly ask you to make me one of your two witnesses in Revelation 11 that is willing to give his life only to glorify you.

As far as what we covered on David, there is much to be learned. Satan was around then, and he still is now, and even more evil because he knows that his time left as God of this world is short. Therefore, the more that you love God, and are not as Isaiah writes in 29:13 . . .

“Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honor me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men.”

The more that Satan will brutally attack you, which is why Paul says in Ephesians 6;
“Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all to stand. . . . .

May God Abundantly Bless All Whom Have a Heart After God’s Own Heart. . . .
timesoftrouble timesoftrouble
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2 Responses Mar 7, 2010

All people must look much deeper within themselves and towards God and his words of truth that shepherds don't teach. Ezekiel 34, Lamentations 4:13. The main ingredient is that Christian means to follow Christ, yet man follows the doctrines and the traditions of man that make the words of God of none effect. We live within a world of deception that disguises itself as truth when its only the father of lies who is very professional and good at what he does. Therefore many are going to die because they know not the truth written in the Holy Bible. Read Proverbs 1:24-33 for a valid eye opener.<br />
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Thank you for your comment.

I believe we christians are being tested to show God that no matter what happens we must trust Him and be thankful that God still sits on the throne. I really liked how you clarified David's faithfulness BEFORE he was king which was demonstrated when he took out Goliath (whom by the way I just learned was over 9 ft tall!!), David said moreover, The Lord that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. I was reminded of God's power in my life these past few days and I was humbled and very happy to regain this simple trutruth in my life again, that God is with me and He will not forsake me. He has supplied my needs and He will continue to do so. Yes, I believe us Christians are being tested on the issue of faith. God continue to teach us all. Keep preaching brother!