Abide Together: Reflections on 2 Samuel 11

2 Samuel 11 records David adultery with Bathsheba and his murder of Uriah.  The chapter ends by stating, “the thing that David had done was evil in the sight of the Lord.” This is a sad statement about God’s chosen king who was to lead the nation to love the Lord.  The first verse of this chapter is where things begin to go wrong.  It says, “at the time when kings go out to battle, that David sent Joab and his servants with him and all Israel … But David stayed in Jerusalem.”  If David would have been where he was supposed to be, at battle, then he would not have been tempted by Bathsheba and committed adultery and murder.  One bad decision led to many others and the statement, “the thing that David had done was evil in the sight of the Lord.”  O Lord, by Your grace may I make good decisions that honor You and are a blessing to others.

– Bryan McKenzie

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