2 Samuel 11:1–5 (ESV) – 1 In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle, David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel. And they ravaged the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem.
2 It happened, late one afternoon, when David arose from his couch and was walking on the roof of the king’s house, that he saw from the roof a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful. 3 And David sent and inquired about the woman. And one said, “Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?” 4 So David sent messengers and took her, and she came to him, and he lay with her. (Now she had been purifying herself from her uncleanness.) Then she returned to her house. 5 And the woman conceived, and she sent and told David, “I am pregnant.”
We often think that we can get away with sin. Perhaps that is true, at least in the eyes of others. We never get away with anything before an all-knowing, all-seeing God. And as David found out, our sins do tend to catch up to us, even before others.
David thought he could get away with having an affair with a married woman. After all, her husband was away fighting in the war. What David did not plan for was a pregnancy. Bathsheba was pregnant and the child could not have been Uriah’s because he had been away. Someone was going to find out!
Sin is always luring us in. We think we can handle just a little bit and no one will ever know. That is not how it usually works. We often find ourselves having to lie or deceive to cover our tracks, which makes the sin greater and greater and we find out we cannot handle it at all. It handles us. Jesus came to save us from our sin, both its penalty and its presence in our lives. Let us seek to live in our new freedom.
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