Worship and Character
Passage: 2 Samuel 11:1–11:27
It’s interesting that 2 Samuel 11 is so void of emotion or intent by the characters. The author records it so matter-of-factly that it’s almost awkwardly impersonal. There’s no emotion, no romance, no indication of mutual consent; we’re left to only focus on the deed.
David took another man’s wife, committed adultery, and sent her away. The only words from Bathsheba’s mouth were “I am pregnant.” The narrative continues about David’s intent to sin, Uriah’s refusal to indulge in home comforts while his fellow soldiers - David’s army - can’t.
The Lord is not mentioned in this passage until the very end.
Some takeaways are:
- Leaders will fail
- We all need accountability
- Acknowledgement of sin and failure is key
- We can’t fool an omniscient God
- This example is a warning for us
- We all need to check our hearts and character and recognize sin for what it is.