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Gut-Level Guilt (4 of 5)
Series: Gut-Level Worship
King David was a married man. And he had just about everything that anyone could want. But one night he couldn't sleep, and this was before Tylenol PM and Lunesta, so he went up on the roof of his palace and walked around. And from his palace roof, he saw something he didn't have. It was a beautiful young woman named Bathsheba. A married woman. She was bathing on the roof of her own home, never thinking that someone could see her. But David saw her. And he wanted her. So he sent for her, and when the king sends for you, you have no choice but to come along. So she was brought to the palace. And King David-the man after God's own heart-slept with her.
Sometime later, Bathsheba sent word to David that she was pregnant. From him. And David got a little concerned, because if word got out, this would not be good for his reputation. So he came up with a plan. He arranged for Bathsheba's husband, Uriah, to come home from the battlefield, so Uriah could sleep with his wife, and everyone would assume the child was Uriah's. But Uriah was a man of such honor, that he refused to sleep in his comfortable home while his fellow soldiers slept on the battlefield. David got Uriah drunk. And he still wouldn't go in and sleep with his wife.
David was annoyed. So he came up with Plan B. He arranged for Uriah to go back to battle, and be placed in the most dangerous possible position. And sure enough, Uriah was killed. And then David took Bathsheba as one of his own wives (having several wives was a common practice back then; it's never condoned by God in the Bible but it was culturally acceptable). So David married Bathsheba, and it seemed like the whole nasty business of the adultery and murder was behind him, and he could just go on with life.
But it didn't work out that way. If David had a hard time sleeping before, it was twice as hard now. The things that he had done haunted him. And he just ...
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