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What should we do when an unclean thought enters our mind? We should dismiss it immediately right? What happens if we allow the unclean thought to stay in our mind? The consequences of dwelling on unclean thoughts can be harrowing. We are taught this well by King David as we continue in our study of Israel in the Old Testament.
1 Samuel 25 through 2 Samuel 10 provide important information about the historical setting for the lessons we are taught by David. As we learned in our previous lesson soon after David spared Saul’s life, Saul sought David’s life one more time. Again David had the opportunity to kill the king, but he refused to do so.
At this time battles continued between the people of Judah and the surrounding nations, and Saul and Jonathan were killed in one of those battles. David then succeeded Saul as king. David was anointed king of Judah (2 Samuel 2:4). Then Abner (Saul's cousin, commander-in-chief of Saul's army, and the head of Ephraim) made Saul's surviving son, Ishbosheth, king over the northern ten tribes. After this Abner proposed an alliance between the two feuding nations, but was then assassinated which almost destroyed the uniting process. Abner had been the real power in the northern faction. Ishbosheth was weak and he was murdered by two of his military leaders who took his head to David. David then assumed leadership of all of Israel. He also made alliances with other surrounding nations which stabilized his kingdom. This made David one of the greatest kings in the history of Israel. He united the tribes into one nation, secured possession of the land that had been promised to his people, and set up a government based on God’s law. However, the last 20 years of his life were marred and most all of the good he had done was forgotten, all due to the sinful decisions that he regrettably made.
Part 1: David commits adultery with Bathsheba and arranges the death of Uriah, Bathsheba’s husband 2 Samuel 11
In 2 Samuel 11. David commits adultery with Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah (11:1–5). David fails in his attempt to hide his sin (2 Samuel 11:6–13). He arranges for Uriah to die in battle (11:14–17). David marries Bathsheba, and they have a son (11:26–27).
2 Samuel 11:2
What should David have done when he saw Bathsheba? He should have turned away, respecting her and following the righteous ways he had been taught.
What did David do that led him to sin with her? 2 Samuel 11:2–4