ON-GOING, HIDDEN SIN WILL FIND YOU OUT!
And the woman conceived, and she sent and told David, “I am pregnant.” —II Samuel 11:5
In the morning David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it by the hand of Uriah. In the letter he wrote, “Set Uriah in the forefront of the hardest fighting, and then draw back from him, that he may be struck down, and die.” —II Samuel 11:15-15
Why have you despised the word of the LORD, to do what is evil in his sight? —II Samuel 12:9
Nevertheless, because by this deed you have utterly scorned the LORD, the child who is born to you shall die.” —II Samuel 12:14
Then David comforted his wife, Bathsheba, and went in to her and lay with her, and she bore a son, and he called his name Solomon. And the LORD loved him. —II Samuel 12:24
This historical story of lust, adultery, manipulation, deception, diabolical planning, and murder all started with a look on a walk when David should have been away at war.
David saw Bathsheba bathing and allowed lust to grab a hold of his heart. He set a plan in motion to have sexual intimacy with her. But then after the whole sordid affair he heard those three words that would alter his actions— “I am pregnant.” The results of his actions would soon be seen. What was he to do? He manipulated in such a way as to have Uriah come home from the front lines of war. His hopes were that he would go down to his home to see wife and have sexual relations. Then it could be said that the child was Uriah’s. But Uriah was an honorable man and did not think it right to go down to his house when others where serving and sleeping in the open field.
David’s first deceptive plan did not work, but he then tried to encourage Uriah to go to his house by getting him drunk. David had Uriah eat with him, but it was only because he wanted to manipulate him into visiting his wife by giving him too much to drink— thinking he would act differently than when he was sober. But he was wrong. Uriah would not go down to his wife
Those not wanting their sin to be found out will go to great lengths to keep it hidden. The fear of being found out is so strong that they would do things they would not normally do. In this case David wrote a letter to his Commander Joab on the front lines and told him to set Uriah in the heat of the battle and then withdraw from him. David sent the death sentence of Uriah by Uriah’s own hand to deliver it to Joab. The wicked deed was done. Uriah was dead. David thought he was in the clear. David despised the Word of the Lord and utterly scorned Him.
But then came along Nathan the prophet, sent by God to expose David’s sin. God was merciful and gracious toward David. He would not die for his sin, but the consequence for his sin was that the child born out of this affair would and did die. But again, God was gracious toward David and later his son Solomon was born by Bathsheba. The Lord loved him and he would be greatly impacting for the Lord.
I hope all who are reading this are not presently seeking to hide their sin. Our Lord God Almighty knows all about it. On-going hidden sin is not hidden from Him and He will eventually bring about the circumstances to bring it out. Confess if to Him now and experience His mercy and grace through forgiveness.
Yes Dear Father may we keep a clean slate before You and any known sin in our lives confessed immediately. May this be so by the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Son Jesus. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2a6AfhgLJgc