These are my Answers to BSF Bible Study questions for People of the Promised Land Lesson
7. Far-reaching web of consequences
- David made Joab an accomplice in the murder of an innocent, loyal, faithful, and valiant warrior.
- Uriah wasn’t the only soldier whose life was endangered.
- The messenger had to bring bad news.
- Bathsheba became a widow. She probably never knew David planned his death. What would David do now? Even if he made promises, would he follow through?
- When David brought a new, young, beautiful wife to the palace, the other wives and their sons probably felt rejected (once again) and offended.
- The servants and others who knew or heard the rumors were impacted by the ungodly behavior of their once devout king.
If I try to put myself in Bathsheba’s place, I would feel even greater guilt after hearing the tragic news. Uriah was a good and honorable man. He trusted her.
Uriah was so trustworthy, David sent him back into battle carrying his own death sentence.
Even though he was a Hittite, he had a passion for the glory of God. He would not go to his house while “The ark and Israel and Judah are dwelling in tents.” 2 Samuel 11:11 NKJV
According to Psalm 32, David felt guilty, but he didn’t repent right away.
“When there is the most necessity for confession, there is often the greatest tardiness in making it. It was so in David’s case. . . I think I can see why he could not have gone straight away from the sin to confession, for the sin prevented the confession-the sin blinded the eye, stultified the conscience, and stupefied the entire spiritual nature of David.” (Spurgeon)
Would David still marry Bathsheba to protect her from ridicule, poverty, and possible stoning? He was the king—the one with loyal servants.
Would the messengers protect their secret?
It’s a good thing she didn’t know this entire story would be written down and talked about for centuries to come. Yikes!
8. A low point in David’s life
Before I confessed my sins, I kept it all inside;
my dishonesty devastated my inner life,
causing my life to be filled with frustration,
irrepressible anguish, and misery. (Psalm 32:3 TPT)
9. Lessons learned
- Deal ruthlessly with any and every ravenous, inappropriate appetite.
- Take thoughts captive and repent quickly.
- Ask Holy Spirit to convict me, purify my heart, lead me away from temptation, strengthen me, guide me, and empower me.
- Focus on all that God has provided.
- Practice gratitude.
- Find scriptures that instruct me to pursue the right things.
- Copy them by hand.
- Re-read and think deeply about them every day.
- Do the next right thing.
So keep your thoughts continually fixed on all that is authentic and real, honorable and admirable, beautiful and respectful, pure and holy, merciful and kind. And fasten your thoughts on every glorious work of God, praising him always. (Philippians 4:8 TPT)