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Throne - Part 4, Throne Away
Miles McPherson - November 23, 2008

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When things are going well in our lives, we are tempted to act as though we are invincible, which inevitably leads to dire mistakes.

In 2 Samuel 11-12, David has achieved victory over his enemies, returned the ark to its proper place, and received assurance from God that he would always have a son on the throne. In the midst of this prosperity, pride fills David’s heart and he commits adultery. This physical adultery is akin to the spiritual adultery we commit when our hearts become independent from God.

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Lust – a strong desire to have something that doesn’t belong to you

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. 1 John 2:15-16

1. David forgot that he was human. 2 Samuel 11

The lust of the flesh...1 John 2:16

David sees Bathsheba and without thinking about the sinfulness of his behavior, decides that he must have her.

We need to recognize the potential we have to do evil. Our emotions, hormones, and egos are constantly battling contrary to God’s will for us. We must acknowledge daily that we are susceptible to our sinful nature and place boundaries around ourselves to avoid succumbing to our own weaknesses.

2. David gave into his greedy eyes. 2 Samuel 11:2

The lust of the eyes...1 John 2:16

The devil tempts us by showing us something we want, but he never shows us the whole story. We see this in Matthew 4:8-9, when Satan tempts Jesus. Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.” Satan speaks of the glory and power of ruling the kingdoms of the world, but he fails to mention the drama, pain, war, and responsibilities of the power he offers.

Call to me and I will tell you great and might things you do not know.Jeremiah 33:3

He tempts us in the same way. He shows us the glory of what we want, but not the pain that follows. From there, our minds create other images that we hope will become true. When we give in to temptation, we are diving into what we imagine it to be, not what it really is. God’s Word reminds us not to trust Satan’s lies, but to trust in Him alone.

3. David placed himself above the law.2 Samuel 11:3-27

And the pride of life…1 John 2:

David first commits adultery because his pride has convinced him that he can do whatever he wants without consequence. However, Bathsheba becomes pregnant and David’s initial sin begins to snowball, breeding manipulation and deceit. When his efforts to mask the child’s paternity fail, David’s sin multiplies even further, leading to his murder of Bathsheba’s husband.

Our sin can multiply just as easily. We begin by thinking we will just get away with one little thing, and then suddenly lives and relationships are destroyed.

Miles urged us all to remember that God can get us out of a bad situation without causing us to sin more. If you have a relationship with God and want to be led by him, you can’t also be led by your pride. God can completely cleanse, restore, and change you so that there is no trace of that former sin. Acknowledge your sin, talk to God honestly and ask for His help.

Against You, You only, have I sinned, And done this evil in Your sight— That You may be found just when You speak, And blameless when You judge.Psalm 51:4

DO Something! Who was the prophet who proclaimed the Davidic Covenant God made with David in 2 Samuel 7, and the punishment for David’s sin with Bathsheba in 2 Samuel 12? Read 2 Samuel 12 and answer questions:

What was David’s punishment?

Sin brings death: List the things that temporarily or partially died, as a result of David’s sin. Do babies go to heaven?

Throne

This 9-part series explores the theme of King David's throne and kingdom, as it has valuable Biblical and life lessons for us today. Today we observe the sinful choices David made, and are reminded that God wants to rescue us from sinful ways.

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