Read – 2 Samuel 11
Focus on verse 1
One of the keys to great stand up comedy is timing. It’s not just what the comedian says, or even just how he says it, the timing of how the words are delivered can make the difference between a statement falling flat, or being belly rockin’ funny.
Timing is also important in music. When an orchestra or choir performs, the performers all watch the conductor as he measures out the time with his conducting pattern. All it takes is for one person to be out of time, and it can ruin the entire performance.
In today’s reading, King David falls prey to temptation because he is in the wrong place at the wrong time. The first clue that all is not right in the kingdom is given in the first verse of this chapter.
In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king’s men and the whole Israelite army. They destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained in Jerusalem. (v. 1)
If David had been where he was supposed to be, leading his men into battle, he would not have been dawdling around on the palace roof in the late afternoon looking for trouble. If David had been in the battle field alongside Uriah and Joab, he would not have “happened to see” Uriah’s wife taking a bath and this whole affair might have been averted. It is at times like this that the enemy springs his traps and catches us unprepared to resist temptation.
In this case one thing leads to another… David’s first mistake was to not turn away from what he saw. His second was to summon Bathsheba to the palace. From that point on it just keeps getting more complicated. When he finds our she is pregnant, he tried to cover it up by bringing Uriah home from the battle in hopes that he will go sleep with his wife to cover his tracks. To his chagrin Uriah was a faithful and honest man who held his comrades in arm in high regard, David was unsuccessful in tempting him to sleep with his wife.
What is somewhat ironic here is that in nearly every way Uriah was passing the tests that David had failed, and as a result was essentially murdered by David for his integrity. With Uriah, out of the picture, David seemed to have succeeded in covering his tracks, however in verse 27 we read, “But the thing that David had done displeased the Lord.”
We may be able to deceive our brothers and sisters who we see once a week in the church. We might be able to convince the boss and our co-workers at work that we have it all together. We might even be able to fool our immediate family into believing we are something we are not, but God isn’t fooled for a minute, He sees through it all. One thing we can be relatively certain of is that in time, the truth has a way of finding its way out. God is not mocked. Yet as we will see as this story unfolds in the days ahead, God is not only just in his intolerance of sin, He is also gracious and merciful in the way He deals with our sin and invites us back into fellowship with Himself.