Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church
3701 L.B. McLeod Road
Orlando, FL 32805
Reprinted from Radio Program, "WE BELIEVE"
Radio Program 148, CT 111153
THE DARKEST DAY IN DAVID'S LIFE
II Samuel 11
As we continue to study the making of a man of God, we come to
this tragic chapter in David's life. Sometimes I wish this
chapter were not included in the Bible, because it's perhaps one
of the r'ost difficult ones to preach.
Arthur Pink called this, "The Fearful Fall."
Alexander McCartney called it, "The Dark
Fredrick Owen said, "A hero falls at a
Someone else said, "A lifetime of building a
reputation falls in a moment."
I believe that it was F.B. Meyer who said, "Here is a man who
committed in one day the sin of his life."
When we look at this particular point in David's life, we know
that this is still a man that God forgives and continues to use,
but yet not ever again as He did before. Here is a man who was
exploited by Cecil B. DeMille in his movie, "David and
Bathsheba" and unfortunately making it look like all David had on
his mind was sex. And yet I want you to keep in mind that in
spite of this terrible sin, he was still a man after God's own
heart, because when God dealt with him he repented and came back
to his first love, as Psalm 51 tells us.
The Holy Spirit is very honest. He doesn't just include the good
things in the Bible. If we were trying to make a hero out of
David, we would've just glossed over this and said, "Well, maybe
it really didn't happen." But, you see, when the Holy Spirit gave
us the Scripture, He put the good in as well as the bad. All of
it is for our instruction, that we might not fall into similar
circumstances in our life.
I. THE CIRCUMSTANCES
You know, you just almost get a lump in your throat, when you
realize what's going to happen. You want to say, "Oh, no, David!
Then it happened in the spring, at the time
when kings go out to battle, that David sent
Joab and h ...
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