by Jeff Schreve

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Busted and Broken (7 of 8)
Series: Roller Coaster - Facing the Ups and Downs of Life
Jeff Schreve
Psalm 51:1-17

It was late afternoon, early evening, in the spring. King David had sent his general, Joab, and his armies out to war, but he stayed behind in Jerusalem. The Bible says he had been in bed all day, just kind of lounging around, just doing a bunch of nothing. He got up in the early evening and he took a little walk on the roof of his palace. And when he did, he saw something. He saw a beautiful woman and she was bathing. And David knew that he should turn away, but he didn't turn away. He kept looking at her. And his look turned to lust, and his lust turned to longing, and he just had to have that woman. And he went back in and he called his servants, and he said, ''Who is this woman?'' And they said, ''Well, that is Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah the Hittite. David, that is your mighty man, one of your 30 mighty men, Uriah the Hittite. That's his wife.'' And David said, ''I have to have her.'' And he called for her, and she came to him, and they participated in the night of sin.

Well, David thought he had it out of his system, but then, word came back from Bathsheba some time later that said, ''I'm pregnant!'' So David thought, What do I do now? I'm kind of in a bind here. And Uriah's going to know this isn't his baby because he's out fighting the battles for the king. And so he called to Joab and said, ''Send me Uriah the Hittite.'' So Uriah came back from battle to David, and David began to talk to Uriah and ask him about the battle, what was going on. And then, he said to Uriah, ''Now you go home and be with your wife.'' But Uriah wouldn't do it, because Uriah said it was wrong for him to go home to be with his wife and enjoy his wife when his brothers are out fighting the king's battles. So Uriah stayed the night at the gate of the king's palace. They told David he didn't go home. So David brought him in the next day and said, ''Why didn't you g ...

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