The Man-Eating Power of Lust

Sat, Apr 28, 2012
Passage: 2 Samuel 11
Duration:1 hr 8 mins 12 secs

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This is our final study in the series of looking at Man-Eating sins. And we are going to look at the destructive power of this sin of lust in the life of David.

 

2 Samuel 11:1-27

 

We live in a Playboy world. Adultery is a joke. Homosexuality is a right. Sex before marriage is the norm.

The first half of 2 Samuel records David on the way up, prospering and in the favor of the Lord. And the second half records David on his way down. This chapter is the tipping point of the entire book, of his entire life. David paid dearly for a single moment of indiscretion. As we've seen previously, sin is predatory in nature, and it will stop at nothing to take a vantage point and turn it in its favor. Each of us is a few small steps away from ruining our lives. In Luke 4:13 Satan left Jesus until an opportune time. He would be back to try again. So it is in our lives.

 

Here's what David did. He lingered, he looked, and he lost.

 

He Lingered

This sordid saga begins with David loitering around in Jerusalem. It is springtime, the time you draw swords. The roads are bearable and there is food enough in the fields to feed your armies. But David is in his pajamas, sending Joab, and failing to fulfill his kingly duties.

Why? Conceit and Complacency

He was at the height of his power, and we must conclude that at some point in time David drifts from the Lord. He loses the reliant and relentless faith that David had in the Psalms when he was being pursued. He gives too much credit to himself, and exercises his own will against God. There has been an incremental degrading of David's resolve. David had taken multiple wives, in disobedience to God, and that did not result in a satisfied desire, but rather, a swollen desire. Giving in to lust and sinful sexual desire does not satisfy it. It multiplies it.

Wilt Chamberlain, in his autobiography, revealed that he had slept with 20,000 women. In a follow-up interview he revealed that he would have traded it all for one woman that he could be with for the rest of his life.

Notice that David "inquired" about this woman. 2 Sam 2:1; 5:19; 5:23 this word is used of David's prayer life as he inquired of God. Now he inquires about a woman. He trades God for a woman.

 

He Looked

In verse 2 the story progresses from lingering to looking. He looked, but then he leered. It is worth noting that there is a difference in a look and then a leer. When our minds have a sexual thought, we have just a few seconds to decide whether it will become a sin. We can's stop the birds from flying over our head, but we can stop it from nesting in our hair.

 

Notice the Provocation: David was the villain in this story, but Bathsheba was probably not totally innocent, either. She was bathing in a place where she knew she might be seen. Al Mohler, "Men are tempted to give their selves to pornography, women are tempted to commit it." 

 

Notice the Passion: David has a desire to fulfill his sexual desires outside of God's will. And that desire is passionate. The verbiage is quick and stark with action. He saw. He took. He lay. The take-away is that you and I as men must not tinker with sexual temptation. Once aroused it has the ability to capture our senses and make our will weak at the knees. In Proverbs 7:22 we are told about a naive young man who goes to the city and meets a woman that is dressed to kill. And the text says, "All at once he went to her." That's why you've got to be radical. If need be you need to pull the plug on cable TV or put some software on your computer, that's what you need do. If you want to stay warm in the middle of a Canadian winter, you're going to have to do something about it. Such is the case, here.

 

Notice the Progression: David lingered. He looked. He leered. He took. He lay. One thing leads to another and disaster is the result. We fall into these sins by degrees, don't we? The devil doesn't throw everything at us at once, he is more subtle and crafty. Remember, he's an opportunist. Sin is like a snowball. It gains size, speed, and power over time. It's not the first click of the mouse that is the problem. It's the second, then the third, and so on. If you are struggling in an area, do something radical about it.

 

He Lost

The price tag on this act was extravagant. He lost his joy, his family, and his testimony. Psalm 21:10-12; 2Sam 12:10-11; David saw and he looked, but he did not look far enough. He did not foresee the destruction of his family and his kingdom. He did not realize the end result, which we see in James 1:15. We must follow the course of our sin to it's bloody conclusion. David didn't do that. C.S. Lewis said, when you're fighting temptation, "always follow it to it's bloody end." David didn't, and the results were disastrous.

 

Notice the Cover-Up: As bad as the sin was, the cover-up was far worse. In seeking to cover his tracks, David breaks more of the 10 commandments than in the original sin. David tries twice to get Uriah to go home to give him an alibi. But twice his plan fails. He even gets Uriah drunk in an attempt to cover his tracks, but "Uriah was a better man drunk that David was sober."

The greatest loss that David faces doesn't come until verse 27. He displeased God may be silent, but He is not sightless. God's silence is not His absence.

Proverbs 28:13 Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.

Truth, even embarrassing truth, serves us better than deceit.

The striking reality is that David could not control the outcome of his sin. David shows us that the collateral damage of our sin is always more than we can estimate.

 

Notice the Clean-Up. David was exposed. He was brought to the mat, and he confessed his sin. It took some work, but David put away his sin. The law called for David's death. But God does not reward us according to our iniquities. So don't conceal your sin. Confess your sin and then grace will abound.

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