The Life of David – “Escape Route” (Part 6)
Temptation has existed from the beginning of time. Adam and Eve were told they could eat from any fruit of the Garden of Eden except from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Yet Eve gave into the temptation that the serpent (Satan) presented to eat the fruit from the forbidden tree. Adam gave into Eve’s rationale for eating the fruit and ate it too. Adam and Eve were cast out of the Garden and every generation since has suffered the consequences. But God, out of his love and grace, has provided a plan for strength in temptation, forgiveness when we are weak and give in, and guidance from his Word to live a life of victory.
- Read 2 Samuel 11. Where was David when other kings were off to war? David was probably about 50 years old at the time of this story. He had won many victories, was held in high esteem and was known as the man after God’s own heart. What is the danger of resting on our laurels of past successes and of forgetting God’s blessings or losing our spiritual fervor? (See 1 Corinthians 10:12)
- In 2 Samuel 11:2-5, when did David’s notice of Bathsheba’s beauty cross the line and become sin? What were the consequences? In verses 6-27, what did David do to try to cover his sin? What were the consequences? What can we learn from David’s mistake and cover up about what can happen in our lives when we give into temptation and don’t repent of the sin?
- Read 1 Corinthians 10:13. What do you learn about temptation? What does God promise to provide when we are tempted? How does the devil attempt to use our natural desires and everyday activities to lead us to sin? (food, sex, work, relationships, etc.) What devises and influences in our culture make it a continual battle in your struggle with temptation?
- In Genesis 39, we read of Joseph running from temptation when Potiphar’s wife attempted to get him to sleep with her. What was the difference in Joseph’s walk with God at the time compared to David’s when he gave into temptation? What can we learn from the example of both?
- From Hebrews 4:15-16, what do we learn about Jesus and the help he offers in our time of temptation?
- When we’re tempted and give in, what is important for us to do to prevent the sin from becoming a habit and creating spiritual bondage? (Matthew 26:41; Romans 6:1-4; 1 John 1:9; James 1:13-15; James 5:16)
- Romans 3:23 reminds us that “we all sin and fall short of the glory of God.” Only one has walked this earth and lived a perfect life. Jesus is the only one who can give us victory over temptation and sin. How do the promises of Romans 8:1-2 & 8:28, 37-39 give you comfort, even when your choices have created consequences?
10 David was told, “Uriah did not go home.” So he asked Uriah, “Haven’t you just come from a military campaign? Why didn’t you go home?”
11 Uriah said to David, “The ark and Israel and Judah are staying in tents, and my commander Joab and my lord’s men are camped in the open country. How could I go to my house to eat and drink and make love to my wife? As surely as you live, I will not do such a thing!”
12 Then David said to him, “Stay here one more day, and tomorrow I will send you back.” So Uriah remained in Jerusalem that day and the next. 13 At David’s invitation, he ate and drank with him, and David made him drunk. But in the evening Uriah went out to sleep on his mat among his master’s servants; he did not go home.
14 In the morning David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it with Uriah. 15 In it he wrote, “Put Uriah out in front where the fighting is fiercest. Then withdraw from him so he will be struck down and die.”
16 So while Joab had the city under siege, he put Uriah at a place where he knew the strongest defenders were. 17 When the men of the city came out and fought against Joab, some of the men in David’s army fell; moreover, Uriah the Hittite died.