BOM-BITES Episode #579 – 2 Samuel 11-12 – powered by Happy Scribe
Hey, guys, what’s good? Derek here from bomb socks with more bomb Bites, where we feast upon the words of Christ one bite at a time. So last week we talked about David We again. We introduced you to Saul, we introduced you to David. And David, as you saw here, con conquered Goliath in a major way and he was a hero, best king of Israel to that point. And then we get into Second Samuel, okay? And you get into chapter eleven of Second Samuel. And many of you know this. This is David’s dramatic downfall. Now let me show you a little video here. This is going to come follow me for this week. It’s a great video illustrated by President Oaks just a few years ago. So go ahead and watch this.
I wish to speak to you today about pornography. I know that many of you are exposed to this and that many of you are being stained by it. Consider the tragic example of King David.
And it came to pass at the time when kings go forth to battle, the David sent Joab and all the host of the mighty men to battle. But David carried still at Jerusalem in an evening tide. David arose from off his bed and walked upon the roof of the king’s house. And he saw a woman washing herself.
And David inquired after the woman and once said she was Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah, one of David’s soldiers. And David sent messengers and took her. And Bathsheba came in unto the king.
Though a spiritual giant in Israel, he allowed himself to look upon something he should not have viewed. Tempted by what he saw, he violated two of the Ten Commandments, beginning with thou shalt not commit adultery. In this way, a prophet king fell from his exaltation.
Those who seek out and use pornography forfeit the power of their priesthood. Patrons of pornography also lose the companionship of the spirit. But the good news is that no one needs to follow the evil downward descent to torment everyone caught on that terrible escalator has the key to reverse his course. He can escape through repentance. He can be clean. Do all that you can to avoid pornography if you ever find yourself in its presence, which can happen to anyone in the world in which we live. Follow the example of Joseph of Egypt. When temptation caught him in her grip, he left temptation and got him out.
Now David’s life so instructive, and again it ends quite tragically as you’re kind of finishing up. He’s the same David. I remember the moment where I recognized wait, the same David who slew Goliath is the same one who had his experience there with Uriah and Bathsheba and all of those same one. So I want to show you this here as you’re going through the story of David in Second Samuel, chapter eleven. You can call this David’s dramatic downfall. There’s decisions that change david’s life here, what he did and perhaps what he should have done. This is something you can fill out if you’d like. For example, you go into verse number one where it says, it came to pass after the year was expired at the time when kings go forth to battle. But David sent Joe AB and his servants with him and all Israel, and they destroyed the children of Amine and besieged Rabba. But David carried still in Jerusalem. So what David did, he carried Jerusalem, what he should have done. This is the time where kings go out to battle, so he should have been at battle. So there’s a lot of things here as you go through this story where you see what David should have been doing, but what he actually did.
Now you get into an interesting parable in chapter twelve where Nathan, the prophet goes up to David and the Lord says to Nathan, lord sent Nathan and David, and he came up to him and said unto him, there were two men in one city, one rich and the other poor. The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds, but the poor man had nothing save one little EW lamb which he had bought and nourished up and grew together with him with his children, did eat of his own meat and drink of his own cup and lay in his bosom, and it was unto him as a daughter. There came a traveler under the rich man, and he spared to take of his own flock and of his own herd to dress for the wafering ma’am that was come unto him, but took the poor man’s lamb and dressed it for the man that was coming unto him. And so verse number five david’s anger was greatly kindled against the man. He said unto Nathan, as the Lord livth, the man that hath done this thing shall surely die. He shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, because he had no pity.
And Nathan said to David, thou art the man. Meaning David. What I’m talking about here is you, the Saith, the Lord God of Israel. I anointed the king over Israel. I delivered the out of the hand of Saul. And he goes through and he starts explaining all of the things that he did for him. And at that moment, I think there’s a realization of David recognizing, oh dear, what I have done has been horrible. In fact, it’s interesting, so many of these psalms, you see David’s repentant heart. There’s a quote from Dieter Abu Ductdorf that really reminds me of the story so well, where he says, wherever you find yourselves on this journey through life, whatever trials you Mary face, there’s always a point of safe return. There’s always hope. You are the captain of your life, and God has prepared a plan to bring you safely back to him, to your divine destination, the gift of the atonement of Jesus Christ provides us at all times and in all places with the blessings of repentance and forgiveness. Because of this gift, the opportunity to make a safe return from the disastrous course of sin is available to all of us.
That’s why when you look at the things that David could have done and yet the things that he did here’s, elder Richto are saying as we are going through our life in same ways, we have that point of safe return where we can repent and we can change. Now again, the story of David is a tragic story, but it is instructive in the sense that it shows us that we can change and we can repent. And I am grateful for repentance and I know it’s true. And I use it as President else instead on a daily basis. Thanks for watching, thanks for subscribing and thanks for sharing these messages. We’re so grateful that you do that. And if you haven’t already, go check out our amazingly comfortable gospel themed firstname.lastname@example.org. Godspeed. We’ll see you tomorrow. Bye.
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