Promised Land Lesson 20 Day 2

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These are my Answers to BSF Bible Study questions for People of the Promised Land Lesson


2 Samuel 11:1-17

3. David encounters temptation.

Opportunity — the chain of events

  • Once again, instead of going out to war, as was the custom and David knew from recent experience, David sent Joab to lead the army.
  • He was in bed one afternoon or early evening. Perhaps he felt unmotivated and bored. Or perhaps he couldn’t sleep. One commentary suggests it was nearly dark and most people were asleep by then. (Guzik)
  • David got up and walked around on the palace roof. “The Hebrew verb form of walked suggests that David paced back and forth on the roof. He couldn’t sleep and was uneasy – uneasy because he wasn’t where God wanted him to be.” (Guzik)
  • He saw a beautiful woman, bathing. (He wasn’t looking for her, but he didn’t avert his eyes either. Instead, he chose to gaze long enough for lust to surface.)
  • He committed adultery with her in his heart.
  • David decided to pursue the temptation in practice. He “sent and inquired about the woman. (2 Samuel 11:3 ESV)” (By doing so, didn’t he increase the number of spectators?)
  • Since Bathsheba’s husband was away, David believes a lie that he can get away with it.
  • David sent messengers to bring her to him, and he lay with her.
  • Soon after, Bathsheba realizes she is pregnant and notifies David. The law required that both David and Bathsheba be put to death for adultery. (Leviticus 20:10)
  • David sends for her husband, Uriah, and tries to get him to spend the night with his wife. Uriah doesn’t go home.
  • David got Uriah drunk the next night, but he still doesn’t go home.
  • David “orders her husband into battle to be killed because he is unable to cover his lustful advances.” (Commentary on 2 Samuel 11:14 VCE)
  • Uriah the Hittite dies in battle.
  • David ignored every opportunity to escape this temptation and avoid the coverup.

Longstanding tendency

2 Samuel 3:2-5 lists six sons born to David in Hebron. Each son had a different mother.

This matter of Bathsheba was simply the climax of something that had been going on in his life for twenty years.” (Redpath)

Therefore, staying home from the battle merely provided opportunity for the long-standing lack of romantic restraint and indulgence of passion to display itself. (Guzik)

4. Search out, confess, repent, and ask God for help in overcoming rebellion against his ways.

Lusts of the flesh cannot be satisfied, so they lead down a path of destruction.

As soon as ever we are conscious of sin, the right thing is not to begin to reason with the sin, or to wait until we have brought ourselves into a proper state of heart about it, but to go at once and confess the transgression unto the Lord, there and then.” (Spurgeon)

5. God provided a way of escape.

A copy of the law

Deuteronomy 17:18-20

I didn’t recall that the law instructed the king to write for himself a copy of the law. Not just have a copy.

He must also keep it with him and read and follow it carefully every day. As a result, he won’t get ‘too big for his britches’ and forget God’s ways.

Spirit of the Lord

1 Samuel 16:12-13

When Samuel anointed David as king, God anointed him with the Spirit of the Lord and it never left him.

David feared because he wrote, “Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me.” (Psalm 51:11 ESV)

6. Other provision

A godly friend and partner can provide accountability, support, and wise counsel. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

Jesus sent Holy Spirit to empower, help, counsel, encourage, teach, give reminders, and be our advocate. John 14:26

Because Jesus died, he now intercedes for us and pleads our case. Romans 8:34

God is faithful, and he understands and always provides a way to escape every temptation.  1 Corinthians 10:13

Jesus is our great high priest. He understands because he lived on earth as a human. He endured and overcame so that we can boldly approach God’s throne for grace and mercy. Hebrews 4:14-16

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