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David and Bathsheba (14)
2 Samuel 11
ILLUSTRATION: This morning we are going to look at one of the most sobering and sad stories in all the bible. We've seen the rise of David a man after God's own heart, and today we will see him fall. But we will not stay fallen - because at his core he is righteous man - and though the righteous man falls seven times, he gets up eight.
The story begins with...
1. The Temptation -
TEXT: 2 Samuel 11:1 (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.
There we see that David was...
a. Unengaged in Purpose -
Rather than embracing his calling and purpose, he takes a break. Now taking a break is good, but he has had all winter to relax. The battle is on, the game is afoot, but David send Joab and David remains.
Purpose is to a Heart, what People are to a Home. Unoccupied homes deteriorate much faster than occupied ones. They seem to fall apart. Well the human heart is similar. When it is engaged in purpose it seems unstoppable. But when a man forgets his purpose and begins to drift, vines begin to grow.
Men - you have a purpose. You are to be engaged fathers, loving husbands, profitable employees, assets to the body of christ here at Capshaw. When you are fully engaged in your purpose you are unstoppable. But drift for a moment and you are vulnerable.
Not only was David Unengaged in His Purpose
b. Unafraid of Sin
2 Samuel 11:2-3 (ESV)
2 It happened, late one afternoon, when David arose from his couch and was walking on the roof of the king's house,
The roof in David's culture was like a backyard in our culture. This is where you go to relax, to take it all in. Imagine what it was like...
- He could look up off to his east and hear perhaps the sounds of war that he didn't even have to fi ...
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