Did the Old Testament Greats Understand God’s Plan? Part 42

This entry is part 42 of 45 in the series Did the Old Testament Greats Understand God's Plan?

Recap Part 41: King David desires a house for the Lord, but is commanded: “I will set up thy seed
after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build an
house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever. I will be his father, and he
shall be my son” (2 Samuel 7:12-14).

Part 42

A story of conspiracy comes next. David returns to his home after battle and he walks upon
his rooftop. From that vantage point he sees a woman bathing. David calls and inquires about the
woman and is told: “Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?” (2
Samuel 11:3) He lays with her and at a latter date finds out she is pregnant by him.
David responds by trying to have Uriah go home from battle and lay with his own wife. But,
Uriah never goes home. When confronted about the matter, he responds: “The ark, and Israel, and
Judah, abide in tents; and my lord Joab, and the servants of my lord, are encamped in the open fields;
shall I then go into mine house, to eat and to drink, and to lie with my wife? as thou livest, and as thy
soul liveth, I will not do this thing” (v. 11). David tries to solve his problem by getting this man drunk,
but again Uriah “slept at the door of the king’s house” (v. 9). Finally, David responds by sending him
into battle. “And it came to pass in the morning, that David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent it by the
hand of Uriah. And he wrote in the letter, saying, Set ye Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle,
and retire ye from him, that he may be smitten, and die” (vs. 14-15).
The result is exactly what David had schemed. He saw a woman, took her, impregnated her,
and had her husband killed to hide his sin. “And when (her) mourning was past, David sent and
fetched her to his house, and she became his wife, and bare him a son. But the thing that David had
done displeased the Lord” (v. 27).
Some may find David’s sin to be ok, while others may think it extremely vile. David acted
selfishly. Did he act for Bathsheba’s benefit? Did he act for Uriah’s? Did he consider how Israel
would feel about the matter? Or most importantly, did he wonder how God would consider it? He as
king could take whatever he desired, and it was his right. No man could stop him from having exactly
what he desired. However, what is acceptable and what is righteous are two very different things.
Proverbs 14:12 tells us: “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the
ways of death”.
Today in denominationalism, men will say that a sinner can pray to Jesus and be acceptable.
They say that prayer in your heart is equal to faith. What they fail to tell you is that this is not God’s
way. They did not die for your sins, they did not build the Church, and they are not the foundation
Christ had in mind. God’s way is Christ. “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life:
no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). Do we believe his own words? Or should we
leave it to men to decide? What did David know?

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