A Great King and A Great Fall: Part TwoRev. Michael Calvert, Ph.D., October 27, 2019
Part of the Great Events in the History of Redemption series.
In the English Standard Version of the Bible, David’s name is mentioned 989 times. To put this in perspective, the name of Jesus is mentioned 1058 times. And just in case you’re curious, Abraham’s name is found 234 times, Jacob’s 361 times, Isaac’s 129 times, and Solomon’s 283 times. It’s obvious that David is a very prominent figure in the Bible.
It’s no wonder then, given David’s central place in the story of redemption, that we find such a large section of Scripture dedicated to one of the darkest periods in his ministry as the king of Israel. Almost two full chapters of Second Samuel are devoted to his sin with Bathsheba and its terrible aftermath. This would suggest that this event, as awful as it proves to be, is a central component of the Bible’s unfolding plan of redemption that finds its blessed fulfillment in our Lord Jesus Christ.
On Sunday, we will probe more deeply into this tragic season of the king’s life. And we will be especially interested to discover how we might face and find victory over our own temptations as we seek to follow our Lord.
2 Samuel 11:1-5
1And it came to pass, after the year was expired, at the time when kings go forth to battle, that David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the children of Ammon, and besieged Rabbah. But David tarried still at Jerusalem. 2And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king's house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon. 3And David sent and inquired after the woman. And one said, Is not this Bath-sheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite? 4And David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in unto him, and he lay with her; for she was purified from her uncleanness: and she returned unto her house. 5And the woman conceived, and sent and told David, and said, I am with child. (KJV)