David Wrote A Letter
II Sam. 11:14-25
Intro: One of the most horrible stories in the Bible is the story of David and Bathsheba. David – a man after God’s own heart, is about to plunge into the lowest state that a God-fearing man can plunge – he simply failed to fear God.
David’s downfall started with…
A. The Shirking of his Duty – vs. 1 …at the time when kings go forth to battle…David tarried still
He wasn’t where he was supposed to be, doing what he was supposed to be doing, and look what happened!
We have many in our churches today that are backing down, stepping down, backing up, when they should be advancing.
We can’t expect to defeat the devil if we are disengaging while he is engaging.
It’s not time to retire – it’s time to re-fire!
The shirking of his duty led to…
B. The Satisfying of his Desires – vs. 2-4
The Three Steps of Sin:
- He Saw
- He Enquired
- He Took
And just when he’d thought he had gotten away with it, it resulted in…
C. The Shame of his Deed – vs. 5 she was pregnant with the child of their adultery.
If there ever was an example of the “Young and the Restless”, it was David after getting that news.
If there was ever an example of “Desperate Housewives”, it was Bathsheba after realizing she was having a baby.
Instead of getting right with God, David kicked into damage control mode.
He sent for Uriah, and tried to cover up his sin. It didn’t work. Uriah wouldn’t play along with his little scheme.
So, David did one of the most unbelievable things imaginable.
He sat down, and he wrote a letter.
- 2 Samuel 11:14 And it came to pass in the morning, that David wrote a letter to Joab…
I. It was a Letter of Blood
The letter that David sent Joab was Uriah’s death sentence.
David was VERY aware of WHAT he was doing, and HOW it would turn out.
That was made very obvious in verse 19-21 when Joab prepped the messenger for his report.
David had seen this happen before, and knew what he was doing.
David’s sin was premeditated and he knew the seriousness of his sin, but he did it anyway.
II. It was a Letter of Betrayal – vs. 14
David’s sin was not a secret sin; it involved many other people.
His sin betrayed the trust and confidence that other people had in him.
He sent the letter by the hand of Uriah; a trusting friend of integrity and character.
David’s deed took advantage of a friend, betrayed the trust of someone that looked up to him.
- 2 Samuel 11:14 …that David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent it by the hand of Uriah.
Sin is always so selfish and uncaring for those that are hurt by it.
David’s quest to hide his sin made him quick to hurt his servant
When we sin, we ALWAYS hurt others.
As parents, our children are looking up to us, and they trust us. How often does our sin hurt them?
Our brothers and sisters in the Lord have confidence in us, but our sin hurts them many times.
III. It was a Letter of Bondage
After the deed was done, the letter REMAINED IN THE HAND OF JOAB.
Every time David saw Joab, he no doubt thought about that letter he had sent him.
Every time Joab saw David, or Bathsheba, or Solomon, he thought about that letter that David had sent him.
David had ZERO INFLUENCE over Joab after that.
Joab did exactly what he wanted, and David couldn’t do anything about it.
In Chapter 18, Absalom is hanging from a tree, and Joab rebukes a man for obeying the king (vs.11)
Then he proceeds to go directly against the king and kills Absalom in verse 14. And David let him by with it.
Then he rebukes David for weeping over the death of his son in 19:5, and David let him by with it.
In chapter 23, we see a long list of mighty men; men of valour and renown. But Joab’s name is missing.
I’ve many times thought it was Joab’s lack of loyalty that was the reason, but now I wonder if it was the fact that he still had the letter from David – and it limited him from reaching his full potential.
The fact that the letter had been written put David in bondage.
The fact that Joab knew about it put him in bondage.
EXAMPLE: Those around us that see us living in sin will forever remember it.
What if the cashier down at the 7-Eleven shows up Sunday under conviction, and she sees one of the members that has been parked by the magazine section. Do you think she will be confused or still under conviction?
What if the boys on the job you’ve been telling dirty jokes to shows up, will it hinder your ability to worship?
What if your kids see you at home living like a heathen, and then watch you at church worshipping; will it help them?
Sin always puts people in bondage!!
Conclusion: Notice verse 25: David’s weak attempt at damage control!!
- Let not this thing displease thee.
- Make thy battle more strong.
- Overthrow it.
- Encourage thou him.
How??? After his sin, he’s trying to get others to just go on like it didn’t happen??
Every day of your life, you are writing a letter. Who’s reading it? Who’s holding YOUR letter?