Better Not Make The Mistake (5)
David’s terrible mistake with Bathsheba
(…continues from part four…)
5) Did God push Adam into sinfulness? All He did was to allow him to be given a trial for which He had already given Adam the strength and the authority of dress and keep to easily overcome. One Adamic error plunged the entire race of humanity into hardships of centuries – consequences of mistakes can be very dire. And God met with Cain, whose heart wore the evil blanket of darkness, “If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted?” Proffering the only solution to his waywardness, God reminded him, “and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door” (Genesis 4:7). The word ‘sin’ is chaṭṭâ’âh (khat-taw-aw’): ‘sin offering’; and ‘lieth’ is râbats (raw-bats’): ‘to crouch (on all four legs folded, like a recumbent animal)’. God had already seen Cain’s heart of Satanism, bent on punishing Abel for no wrong doing. “A heart of satanic darkness needs spiritual redress,” the LORD God understands, and His agapē stance, wanting to equitably remove curse from Cain, told him, “for your heart of wickedness, come to me, the Forgiver of sins; bring a sacrificial sin offering and I will cleanse you of unrighteousness.” One mistake, more often, leads to several erratic deeds.
“The voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground” (Genesis 4:10).
Cain’s decision to dishonour God’s Fatherly advice led him to the first Adamic murder charge and guilt. Consequently Cain became the first Antichrist: for the LORD God of his encounter is the Christ in His pre-Incarnational manifestation. What happened to those who turned deaf ears to the one hundred and twenty years of Noachian evangelism? Did they all not suffer annihilation save eight, Noah and his immediate household? David made the ungentlemanly mistake of not taking his eyes off the nakedness of the bathing Bathsheba. What was the end result? Lust, adultery and deceitful cover-up which culminated in David’s guilt of treacherous murder of Uriah, Bathshba’s husband, were the eventual results. Could David have really done that evil? Better not make this mistake.
One lustful act of David got God so angry that a prophet was sent to David saying, “Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon. 10) Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife” (2Samuel 12:9-10). King David reigned in the eleventh century B.C. that is over one thousand years before the birth of Jesus. From then till this twenty-first century A.D., the land of Israel has not ceased to face wars.
“Notwithstanding the king’s word prevailed against Joab” (2Samuel 24:4)
When you venture into acts horrendously backed by contumacious spirit, God finds a way to step in to prove you wrong. This reminds me of the documentation of 2Samuel chapter 24 verses 3 and 4 “And Joab said unto the king, Now the LORD thy God add unto the people, how many soever they be, an hundredfold, and that the eyes of my lord the king may see it: but why doth my lord the king delight in this thing? 4) Notwithstanding the king’s word prevailed against Joab, and against the captains of the host. And Joab and the captains of the host went out from the presence of the king, to number the people of Israel.”
After David had done his heart’s desire, the repercussion was God’s anger when He sent His prophet saying, “Go and say unto David, Thus saith the LORD, I offer thee three things; choose thee one of them, that I may do it unto thee. 13) So Gad came to David, and told him, and said unto him, Shall seven years of famine come unto thee in thy land? or wilt thou flee three months before thine enemies, while they pursue thee? or that there be three days’ pestilence in thy land? now advise, and see what answer I shall return to him that sent me” (2Samuel 24:12-13).
Jesus taught Nicodemus the regeneration of John 3:3
Above all, the most nefarious commitment of sin is to live throughout your lifetime refusing to do John 3 verse 3, which reads, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Why should a man be born again? “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23); what brought sin to the world is found in Psalm 51:5 “Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.” Man was born a sinner, from the womb of motherhood. Spiritual progeny, midwifed by the Holy Spirit is what born again is about. Getting born again requires unequivocal faith in the finishedwork of the cross: believing that Jesus is the Son of God; that He died for your sin; that He arose from the dead; you must believe in His Lordship, on account of which, you have decided to receive Him as Lord and Saviour. Getting born again is a conscious effort on the part of an individual – to accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour. You cannot afford to make the mistake of remaining unregenerate spiritually. John 3:18 says, “He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” Selah!
Getting born again is a conscious effort on the part of an individual. Get born again. Say this sinner’s prayer.
“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”