He could be considered the king of cover-ups.
What burden of sin are you carrying that no one else knows about? Once you consider his story, I hope you will find the courage to come back to Jesus for forgiveness, healing, and freedom.
History records what he did as king to be one of the most indefensible, arrogant, and malicious events in leadership. While he was and is seen as a good king, the scandal of his own making has been read and analyzed for a long time. It is a true story that has been used to warn people who pursue power and position of the pitfalls of being in that place of often unobstructed prominence.
He had no one to blame but himself. Although his aide(s) were complicit in the actual events, none appeared to raise opposition to the manipulation the king was pursuing. He had allowed himself to start on a road of sexual imagination and fantasy about a younger woman who lived nearby. He lied to himself even as he contemplated a great sin against his God. He knew better, but he allowed his lust to get loosed. He lied to his leadership team. He fed his old nature with thoughts that were not noble and loving. He ultimately increased people’s distrust in the government by his actions. He brought shame to the office of the king. He dishonored God.
A truism of the best-selling book of all time is that God shall not be mocked. We all reap what we sow. God knows. He sees what we do.
I wonder how often he asked himself why he allowed himself to get into such a tempting situation? He could have stopped the physical and sexual affair from ever happening. As soon as he saw the naked woman bathing nearby, he could have walked away and not contemplated his desire to “have her.” He could have asked his aide(s) to block the view of the bathing area with drapes and even asked the woman to bathe in another area to reduce the possibilities of any man seeing her. When he learned she was a married woman, he could have practiced self-control so as not to break one of the ten commandments. He could have confessed his potential struggle with a trusted friend and asked for prayer and support to walk uprightly before God.
But he didn’t. He used his power as king to command the woman to be brought to him. He slept with a married woman who was not his wife. To add further insult, the woman was married to one of the king’s top military commanders. To add further injury, he then tried to cover up his sin and infidelity by having the soldier killed in battle.
Read Psalm 32:1-5.
David, the second king of Israel, is no different from any of us. No one enjoys having someone else know that what he or she did is wrong (see Nathan in 2 Samuel 12). But to cover up sinful behavior compounds the problem. I think David has to be considered the king of cover-ups for his adultery with Bathsheba in 2 Samuel 11. To his credit, he felt guilty for his actions (verses 3-4). Then he came clean with God about his sin (v 5).
Living with the crushing weight of sin is not what God has in mind for us. We can be freed from that burden through the grace of God. He promises us, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins” (1 John 1:9). Think theologically. We can’t cover up from God.
Love is a verb,
©2016 by Mike Olejarz