The Over-Exposed Heart (8 of 13) by Jeff Strite

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The Over-Exposed Heart (8 of 13)
Series: A Man After God's Own Heart
Jeff Strite
2 Samuel 11:1-5

OPEN: The true story is told of a banquet where a famous religious leader found himself seated next to an extremely beautiful woman who was wearing a gown with a perilously low neckline.
Instead of becoming angry or embarrassed or pretending to be unaware of her exposure he offered her an apple.
She was a little surprised, but he explained with a smile, ''Please do take it, Madame it was only after Eve ate the apple that she became aware of how little she had on.''

APPLY: We're going to talk this morning about exposure. Initially, as I prepared for this sermon I considered approaching this passage totally from perspective of guys. The problem of looking lustfully at women is ''a guy thing'' and this is an ideal passage to deal with it. However, the deeper I looked at the text, the more I realized there was something in this story for the WHOLE family.

I. First a little background

2 Samuel 11:3 tells us that ''David sent someone to find out about (Bathsheba). The man said, 'Isn't this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite?'''

Personally, I found it a little hard to believe that David didn't know who Bathsheba was. After all, she was his neighbor. And the deeper I looked, the harder it became to believe he had no idea who she was. After all, she was:
a. the wife of Uriah the Hittite one of David's 30 mighty men 2 Samuel 23: 39
b. the daughter of Eliam, who was part of David's personal bodyguard 2 Samuel 23:34
c. and the granddaughter of Ahithophel, the most respected man in David's cabinet 2 Samuel 23:34

So, I began to wonder what was going on here. But then I realized that women of that day were much more modest (as a rule) than those of our day. Not only did their garments cover more of their bodies, but women generally covered their face with a veil when they were out in public. So as David looked over to her roo ...


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