The explanation lies in their response after they were confronted.
Saul rationalizes, and David confesses.
What a blessing it is to know we are redeemed today.
Released from the penalty of our sin by the payment Christ made with His own blood.
Redemption is exactly what we will see today, as we enter the 12th lesson in this chronological study of the bible.
If you would, join me in 2 Samuel 11 today.
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I read a story this week of a little boy who lived in the country.
They had to use an outhouse for a facility and the little boy absolutely hated the outhouse because it was always hot in the summer, cold in the winter, and it stunk all the time.
So the little boy decided that, because the outhouse was on the bank by a creek, he would push the outhouse into the water.
After a spring rain when the creek was fully swollen, the boy knew it was time to push the outhouse into the creek.
He got a big stick and he pushed and the outhouse toppled into the creek and floated away.
Later that night his dad told him that they were going to make a trip out to the woodshed.
The little boy knew that meant a spanking.
He asked his father why and the father said, "Because someone pushed the outhouse into the creek today, and I think it was you.
Wasn't it, son?"
The boy answered, "Yes, it was, Dad."
Then the little boy thought and said, "Today, Dad, I read in school that when George Washington cut down the cherry tree, he didn't get into trouble because he told the truth."
The father responded, "Well, yes, son, but George Washington's father wasn't in that cherry tree.”
Most of us have never toppled an outhouse, but all of us can identify with the little boy in three ways.
First, we have something inside us that wants to do wrong.
Second, our lack of goodness affects others.
Third, there are always consequences to our choices.
We see all these things at work in The Story.
We discover that David has it all.
Everything he does turns to gold.
He defeats enemies time and again, shows kindness to Mephibosheth, and expands his kingdom.
The world is at peace and David is at rest in his palace.
Then we learn in 2 Samuel 11 that David lets down his guard and makes tragic choices that cause a pivotal shift in David’s life, family and kingdom.
I. David commits sins and tries to cover them up. 2 Samuel 11
A. David commits adultery with Bathsheba, Uriah’s wife, and she gets pregnant.
B. David tries to get Uriah to sleep with Bathsheba so everyone will think the baby is Uriah’s, and Uriah, a man of integrity, refuses.
David takes it a step further the next night and gets Uriah drunk in hopes that his cover-up plan will work, but it doesn’t.
C. David arranges to have Uriah killed in battle and then David marries Bathsheba.
26 When the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband was dead, she mourned for her husband.
27 And when her mourning was over, David sent and brought her to his house, and she became his wife and bore him a son.
David thinks everything is back to normal.
His sins are covered up.
But God loves David too much to let things appear normal.
And the other reality is seen in the latter part of vs. 27 - But the thing that David had done displeased the Lord.
(Literally - it was evil in the eyes of the Lord…)
Because of God’s Holiness and love:
David’s sins are exposed by God through Nathan the prophet. 2 Samuel 12
A. Nathan, a prophet, hears from God and speaks what God tells him.
B. Nathan exposes David’s horrible scandals.
God knew all the details.
He saw it all, and David was not going to get away with it...
What happened to David?
We understand looking at Chapter 11 that he wasn’t where he should have been.
He didn’t properly respond to the temptation that was before him.
But how do you go from being lazy (not being where kings were supposed to be), to being a murderous adulterer?
I will tell you this morning, he got there naturally.
You see, David did not commit anything that you and I are not susceptible to commit.
From our perspective, David sinned big!
But where is the issue?
The issue was firmly rooted in his heart.
Every temptation to sin is rooted in questioning the reliability of God.
The reliability of Who He Is, and what He says is questioned...
Take the fall of mankind in the Garden of Eden for instance...
“Did God really say?”
“He knows that you will become like gods.”
I’m fully confident that David knew God - in fact the Bible says that David was a man after God’s own heart.
But he was tempted to question Who God really was, and what God really said about the whole thing.
And instead of trusting God and living in gratitude for what David had, he chose to question and react to the fleshly conclusion that God somehow, someway would either look the other way or forgive him.
So he fulfilled the desires of his flesh and went down the ravine of ravenous choices until he found himself with a new wife and a baby and a mound of guilt!
C. David, unlike his predecessor Saul, does not make excuses, but fully confesses his sins.
From our perspective, David’s sins seem much more heinous than Saul’s, but the explanation lies in their response after they were confronted.
Saul rationalized, and David confesses.
David was repentant.
He was sorrowful.
But there is a difference between godly sorrow and wordly sorrow...
Not all sorrow is genuine.
Godly sorrow is sorrowful about what our sin has done to someone else (God)
Worldly sorrow is sorrowful about what our sin has done to us
Don’t confuse the sorrow of a broken relationship as godly sorrow.
It often is our loss that we are grieving, not what we did to the other person.
We sorrow how they respond to our sin not how they feel in response to our sin.
So David experiences godly sorrow.
He repents, and as we see in the remainder of David’s life, he is restored to a right relationship with God.
However, there are still consequences that he will have to live with the rest of his life...
The consequences of David’s sins in his personal life and kingdom. 2 Samuel 12
A. The consequences in his personal life.
The baby dies (yet later Solomon is born).
2. David’s daughter is raped (by a brother).
3. Absalom rebels from David.
B. The consequences in his kingdom.
David flees in exile when Absalom rebels and takes the throne.
2. Absalom dies and David’s other son provokes the next major rebellion.
3. Within all this turmoil, David bears the consequences with dignity and David’s relationship with the God of grace is restored.
As a final act before his death, David gathers the people to collaborate in gathering materials for a temple to God.
In response to the people’s free-will offerings, David responds:
We can learn from some of the individuals in this passage:
Uriah - Who exhibited integrity when even his leader excused him
Nathan - Who confronted a friend who made a harmful decision
David - Who when confronted, repented and turned to God for restoration