2 Samuel 11:1-15            David Sins
   This is one of the most familiar stories from the Old Testament.  The focus is usually on David's adultery with Bathsheba but this is not the first time for David.  After Samuel died at the beginning of 1 Samuel 23, the rest of the chapter is about how David slept with Abigail, Nabal's wife, and latter married her after Nabal's death.  At the end of that chapter, David also married Ahinoam of Jezreel.  Later when David captured Jerusalem, "David took more concubines and wives; and more sons and daughters were born to David." (2 Samuel 5:13)  Toward the end of David's reign, when he was fighting his son Absalom, he fled Jerusalem with everyone "except ten concubines whom he left behind to look after the house." (2 Samuel 15:16)  This story has less to do with David's moral virtue and more to do with David's role as king.  The passage begins, "the time when kings go out to battle, David sent Joab".  Instead of leading as a king and shepherd of Israel, David was laying on "his couch".  David's taking of Bathsheba was the result of his failure to act like a king.  When the his indulgence led to a pregnancy, David tried to tempt Uriah into the same indulgence.  Uriah responded, "The ark and Israel and Judah remain in booths; and my lord Joab and the servants of my lord are camping in the open field; shall I then go to my house, to eat and to drink, and to lie with my wife?"  Uriah was acting more like a king than David and this more than the unplanned pregnancy led to David ordering Uriah's death.  David had once again let the title of king distract him from his calling to be a shepherd of God's people.

2 Samuel 11:11 "shall I then go to my house, to eat and to drink, and to lie with my wife?"
   When was the last time you felt ashamed?
   How did you react?  Defensive or humbled?
   How did David feel when Uriah refused to do what David was doing?
   Was David feeling guilty because of Bathsheba or because he was not being a good king?
   How do you respond when someone unknowingly points out your faults?
   Do you want to 'kill the messenger' or do you see them as a means of grace calling you to             repent?