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David’s sin against Bathsheba and Uriah

Sam Powell, pastor of First Reformed Church, Yuba City, California.

[July 20, 2022: There have been some changes made to this post. For more information, read the Editors’ notes at the bottom of the post. Editors.]

Today we are sharing two sermons by Ps Sam Powell.

David’s Rise and Fall,  2 Sam 7 – 11

At the start of this sermon Ps Powell explains what Reformed Theology teaches about the doctrine of election, and how the “U” in the acronym T.U.L.I.P. has been misunderstood and distorted by many people.

Then he talks about how, when David took Bathsheba, David was taking advantage of the power he held. Bathsheba was not at fault: she could not have refused, because David was the King.

David’s Sin,  2 Sam 11 – 12

In this sermon Sam reiterates that Bathsheba was not guilty of seducing David, nor did she mutually consent to the adultery.

Speaking of David’s sin and how David then genuinely repented, Sam says:

There is no Christian who has ever committed a heinous sin who has been forgiven by God, and looks back on it and says, “Whew! That was worth it though! What a great time!” God always brings us to the place where we are mourning for our sins.

Repentance is not a crafted public-relations statement that you make before reporters when you get caught. Repentance is actually brokenness over sin, which David demonstrates and God brings about in the years that follow. There are consequences to David’s sin and those consequences take place. Because we read that “the thing that David had done displeased the Lord.”

The sermon also touches on the death of the baby David had conceived with Bathsheba, and the birth of their second son Solomon. But it does not have time to address the later consequences which seem to be flow-ons from God’s displeasure with David: the evils perpetrated by David’s sons Amnon and Absalom and the trouble they caused.

[July 20, 2022: Editors’ notes:

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  1. Hello Sunshine

    Wow. Your comments here remind me of the times I’ve heard Bathsheba discussed in church. Almost always she was blamed: “She took a bath where the king might see her!” The unspoken teaching was that men need no further justification for expecting and demanding sex than that a woman was not careful enough to keep herself hidden.

    • Saved By Grace

      Hello Sunshine, isn’t that what it is all about. A woman must cover herself lest she cause a man to sin. How is it woman’s fault that a man has lustful eyes, thoughts and sins in his heart?? How is woman to blame for a man’s choices and actions, his sin?? Why can’t men own their words, actions, their sins, repent, make things right AND change their ways??

      I am a woman. It is NOT my fault.

      • GypsyAngel

        Well said, Saved By Grace….

        I am a woman and it is NOT my fault.

        It is well past time for men to be held accountable for their choices, and for societies to stop placing all the blame on the victims for their (men’s) choices. Misogyny is alive, well, and flourishing in the 21st century.

    • Anonymous Woman

      Yes, that conniving, evil (sarcasm) woman, daring to bathe and all, hoping to seduce the king who will then have her husband killed (all sarcasm).

      King David could have looked away upon seeing that a woman was bathing but he didn’t. Instead he had her brought to him!

  2. GypsyAngel

    I quite like the way my friend and pastor defines repentance; “To Repent of a thing is to change your way of thinking about a thing.” So for real repentance to occur one must change how one thinks about the issue and there are genuine outward signs of that change. You honestly come to insight on how you have grieved the Holy Spirt and God. Repentance isn’t a Band-Aid statement meant to mollify the masses or the individual wronged. It is a true change in character and way of thinking.

  3. Ruth M Davis

    I listened to the sermon and enjoyed it very much. Thanks for posting!

  4. Anonymous Woman

    I really love that you do this, Barbara! I don’t trust churches anymore and this site, along with others, are what I have made into my church of sorts.

  5. Rambling Rose Inspiration

    Twisting and blame-shifting, I now see, are hallmarks of NPD / narcissistic abuse. I’m eternally grateful that God does see the TRUTH, and justice and judgment are His business, not mine. I’ve prayed for genuine gut-level deep and true repentance, whatever God knows it will take, for my narcissist ex, and fought hard to keep my own heart free from the poisoned bait of bitterness while I try to keep focused on the blessings God has for me, and give God credit when they come.

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