Sin has a process and it starts in private. We only need to look at King David’s life to see that.
First of all, David had no business staying home in Jerusalem and not going off to war. That’s what Kings did back then. David’s backsliding in my opinion started there.
2 Samuel 11:1…
Then it happened in the spring, at the time when kings go out to battle, that David sent Joab and his servants with him and all Israel, and they destroyed the sons of Ammon and besieged Rabbah. But David stayed at Jerusalem.
David, why are you in Jerusalem? Shouldn’t you be off to war with your army, fighting the Ammonites? I can only conclude that the reason David stayed back in Jerusalem was that he became way too comfortable in who he was and maybe took his walk with God for granted.
Do we take our walk with the Lord for granted, do we get too comfortable in who we are in Jesus Christ?
- I prayed a prayer, I’m good to do anything I want!
- A little planned sin won’t hurt!
- I’ll start fresh tomorrow with my walk with God!
- No one will know what I’m doing!
- I can handle it, I’ll be smart about it!
There was a time when David would have gone into battle in a heartbeat. By staying home, David set himself up for his devastating sins.
David fell out of fellowship and so can we. J. C. Ryle writes…
Great illnesses seldom attack the body, without a previous train of premonitory symptoms. Great falls seldom happen to a saint, without a previous course of secret backsliding. The church and the world are sometimes shocked by the sudden misconduct of some great professor of religion. Believers are discouraged and stumbled by it. The enemies of God rejoice and blaspheme. But if the truth could be known, the explanation of such cases would generally be found to have been private departure from God. Men fall in private, long before they fall in public. The tree falls with a great crash, but the secret decay which accounts for it, is often not discovered until it is down on the ground.J.C. Ryle Commentary, Matthew 26.
…and what are David’s sin’s?
Lets look at the progression! 2 Samuel 11:1-26
- First, he looked at Bathsheba bathing.
- Then he had a desire for her.
- Then he acted on his lusts.
- Then he planned a cover-up after Bathsheba conceived.
- Then he planned Uriah’s death
So finally when David got what he wanted, he sent for Bathsheba and brought her to his house and she bore him a son. 2 Samuel 11:27
We read on in David’s life that he was forgiven by God, but he still suffered the consequences for the rest of his life. As I have written before, Be Sure Your Sin Will Find You Out! If you continue reading in 2 Samuel, the consequences of David’s sin stayed with him and his family. Not only do we sin against God but the consequences could last a lifetime.
In Psalm 32:1-11, David explains the agony he’s going through while trying to live with his sins. I believe God felt David’s agony and He sent him the prophet Nathan, who makes David accountable for his sins. 2 Samuel 12:1-15
Nathan uses a Story basically about a Rich Man mistreating another man who doesn’t have as much as he does. David gets angry and says, that’s not right. That man should pay for what he’s done.
And Nathan says, David, you are that man!
Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the LORD.” And Nathan said to David, “The LORD also has taken away your sin; you shall not die. 2 Samuel 12:13
In Psalm 51, David asked God for mercy and forgiveness and God gave it to him. God will always forgive our sins. Psalm 51:17…
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
A broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.
So learn from David’s sins, this man of God, a man after God’s own heart. If he can get caught up in the sin of progression so can you. So do what David didn’t do!
We as Christian continue to sin, we struggle the same as Paul did in Romans 7:15 For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate.
As soon as a sin thought comes to mind, confess it to God. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 But…If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us. 1 John 1:10
Paul finally has the answer to his struggle in Romans 7:15…Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? 25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! Romans 7:24-25a
Jesus died for your sins and the final consequence it brings. 2 Corinthians 5:21 says He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
Here it is…One of the great therefores in the whole entire bible…
Romans 8:1…Therefore there is now
for those who are in Christ Jesus.