Regardless of what anyone tells you, it was
NOT God's will for David to marry Bathsheba.
Had David only been thinking, God gave him
hint after hint to stay away from this wife of another man.
Several such reminders are found in today's verse.
After David had sought further information about the beautiful
bathing lady, he was told:
"And one said, Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter
of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?" (2 Samuel
Bathsheba means "daughter of the oath!"
("Bath" = daughter in Hebrew and "sheba" = oath!)
Her very name contained the Hebrew word "oath" (a vow or a
promise)! She was not David's to have! She by oath
and by vow belonged to Uriah her husband! David is in
serious trouble here, but he ignored God's hint!
Even her Daddy's name offered a caution.
Eliam means belonging to "The People of God!" Everywhere
there were indications that God was watching! (Even in the
eveningtide!) That fact alone should have deterred David.
(Proverbs 15:3 says: "The eyes of
the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the
Why, Jews were not supposed to marry
Hittites! That type of intermarriage (with the heathen) was
strictly forbidden by God's law!
If Bathsheba lacked the proper judgment to
marry right ... would that not be a sign that she lacked certain
aspects of moral discernment in other areas too?
Of course it would! And normally David
would have sensed this. But ... that night ... he had lost
(Do you read of her protesting King David's
invitation to the Royal Bedroom? No! You do not!)
It is just that when one becomes
"intoxicated" with sin's vapors, he no longer reads warnings
That offers "proof" that we must keep a great
distance from sin. Sin allures and invites and attracts!
Stay out of its range!
It's a good idea to read the "warnings" on
any product you use.
Oh, that King David had done so.
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
When you really think about
it, why would David have hesitated that night with Bathsheba?
"And David sent and
enquired after the woman. And one said, Is not
this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the
Hittite?" 2 Samuel 11:3
Blame it on the times in which
he lived (most all kings had many wives) or on the weakness of
his flesh or simply on blatant rebellious sin ... King David
seems to have rushed into this adulterous relationship with
I really believe that much of
my true feeling for this man is about to change, having studied
this account again these past few days.
David would not be allowed
near a pulpit in any of todayís godly churches!
He had infamously disqualified
(In fact some great preachers
... such as Alexander MacLaren ... say that after this sin David
never soars as high spiritually again ... for the rest of his
David would not be qualified
to be a shepherd of any Biblical flock today (the pastor of a
Again, I ask, "Why would David
have hesitated that night?"
The immorality in his life had
been building for some time it seems!
Preachers seldom just "fall"
into sin! They have been digging that hole for some time in all
Taking another wife may not
have been Davidís primary goal that terrible night. He surely
just wanted a night of wild sensual delight!
But a wife he got!
But ... excuse me ... again,
why would he care about that?
He already had one, two,
three, four, five and so on wives, didnít he?
Why would one more matter?
I have tried to find a list of
his wives and have not had much success. I am not sure they are
all named in Scripture. He had a large collection it for sure!
The International Standard
Bible Encyclopedia helped me some. Here is their list of Davidís
1. Michal, Saulís Daughter
6. Then ... more wives (2
Samuel 5:13 says: "And David took him more concubines and wives
out of Jerusalem, after he was come from Hebron.")
7. Next ... Bathsheba!
The total is elusive!
I suggest that once a man has
gone this far ... one more just may not matter.
Do you see why God requires
that the Pastor be the "husband of one
That policy just puts a stop
to an awful lot of problems! (Not counting the fact that one man
and one woman married for one lifetime is a picture of Christ
and the Church for evermore!)
Preachers, hear me today.
Stick with your mate!
Honor your marriage vows!
Do not dare get caught in the
devilís web of immorality!
There begins a slippery slope
that ends "who knows where?"
I know some will take great
exception to what Iíve said today. I am not trying to be mean. I
just believe what the Bible teaches on this matter. The same
stringent qualification is surely on the Preacher as God puts on
the "Widows Indeed" of Paulís day. Listen:
"Let not a widow be taken into the number under threescore years
old, having been the wife of one man." (1 Timothy 5:9)
Thatís as plain as it can be!
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
I wish these words did not
have to be discussed.
"And David sent messengers, and
took her ...." 2 Samuel 11:4a
I guess you could use the old
adage: What David wanted ... David got!
Again, I think we have a case
of things just being "too easy" for the King.
If HE himself had had
to travel over to her house and make the arrangements ... things
might have been a little different. Or at least they might have
been delayed a little ... long enough for David to have common
sense restored to his head!
But he didn't have to do a
He dispatched some servants to
do the "negotiating."
That word for "sent
messengers" ... which is in Hebrew "malak" means to dispatch
deputies or ambassadors! It is an "official" government term!
Furthermore the verb is an
"imperfect" in its sense of timing. He sent (or would have
sent) again and again until he got the desired results! His
lust was burning and there seemed to be no turning back now.
It might have been hard for
the man who had written Psalm 23 and Psalm 101 and other such
beautiful hymns of worship to God ... to personally proposition
another man's wife.
But David "hired" it done for
In fact ... this delegation
not only went to Bathsheba's home (Uriah's home really), but
they also "took" her back to the King.
The verb here "laqach" means
to fetch, to seize, to take away or even to buy! And, as you
would expect, incomplete action is again being described. They
either did ...or would have done this deed for the King again
Please notice that the
historian here is NOT giving us all the details. We do not need
to know them ... plus it would have put David in even worse
Let me pause here and make a
practical application if possible.
We today also have things
pretty easy compared to millions throughout history.
It's easier than ever for a
man (or a woman) to acquire the tools to look and lust and touch
and even more ... in the area of moral impurity!
David's ambassadors were no
more convenient to him than people's VCR's and DVD's and cell
phones and filthy internet sites are today.
Dear friend, remove yourself
I recently heard of a well
known preacher who years ago was in a city preaching a revival
meeting (back when he was younger). He had seen several
alluring (and quite available) sensual sites and was being
This happened back in the days
when motel rooms had "keys." In fact years ago you needed that
key to both get IN the room and to get back OUT of the room
This young preacher was so
weakened by these temptations that, fearing he would go back out
and sin, he locked himself in the room ... threw the "key" over
the balcony to the ground several floors below (!!!), and slept
He literally cut himself off
from any further temptation!
How very wise he was.
I only wish King David had
done the same thing.
But, no, he had "help" in his
Too much help.
"Be sober, be vigilant; because your
adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking
whom he may devour." 1 Peter 5:8
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
I have always admired the way the Bible so
discreetly presents the terrible sin of David. No details
are supplied. Just the basic facts ... followed by a
lifetime of tragic consequences!
Here it is: " ... and
took her; and she came in unto him, and he lay with her ...."
2 Samuel 11:4b
No room there for unsanctified imaginations to
Why no more information?
Paul tells us ... even though he writes a
thousand years later than David!
"And have no fellowship
with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove
them. For it is a
shame even to speak of those things which are done of
them in secret." Ephesians 5:11-12
Don't even talk about those things!
Yet ... the wicked deed was done!
God was angered!
Judgment unsheathed her long and sharp sword!
(Here's God's promise to the adulterous David:
"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." 2
And the sword never left David's family again!
Even after he repented!
The guilt of sin can be removed ... but the
consequences remain! One reaps what he has sown!
Friend, stay away from sexual sins!
They will diminish your spiritual capacity!
("So he that goeth in to
his neighbour's wife; whosoever toucheth her shall not be
innocent. But whoso committeth adultery with a woman
lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his
own soul. A wound and dishonour shall he get; and his reproach
shall not be wiped away." Proverbs 6:29 and 32-33)
I say all these things for two main reasons.
First, to faithfully preach and teach the Word of God. He
will hold me accountable some day! Secondly, to help keep
folks morally pure! You can save yourself tons or sorrow
and grief by remaining chaste.
Bathsheba did too.
Let this NOT be said of you (at least in this
deadly area of life --- the spiritual "mine field" of adultery).
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
Now today's lesson may get a little "plain."
But I am just following the text in my King James
We are told that when King David has his illicit
sinful sexual relationship with Bathsheba ...
"For she was purified from her uncleanness."
(2nd Samuel 11:4c)
According to Mosaic law ... a woman could not
have a relationship (physically, sexually now) with a man until
7 days after she had quit her monthly bleeding. This is found in
Leviticus 15:19-28. After that amount of time she could
again intimately visit her husband.
So ... in our text here we are ironically told
that David committed adultery with Bathsheba ... but don't
worry, he did so without violating the rules of womanly purity!
In other words this terrible act did NOT occur until after
the 7 days following her last menstrual cycle!
Do you see the holy "sarcasm" here?
He committed ADULTERY!
But ... wonderfully (!!!) ... he did not do so
during the ceremonially unclean days!
He just happened to sin at a "proper" time.
YES ... and he paid for it the rest of his life
God whipped the foolishness out of him for the
rest of his days!
Look what we have here today.
I call it the old "strain at a gnat ... swallow a
(I got the term from Jesus!
guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel."
David swallowed a camel all right. He
But he strained at a gnat too. He followed
the Levitical laws of propriety!
That's like saying I KILLED A MAN ... but I
didn't do it on THE LORD'S DAY!
In other words I blew to bits the sixth
commandment (do not kill) ... but I obeyed the fourth one (honor
the Lord's Day)!
Have you ever heard of "the
weightier matters of the law?" Jesus used that very
term in Matthew 23:23!
It's more important to not fornicate ... than it
is to not touch your wife at a certain time after her bleeding
Yet his "principle" of sin can be observed again
and again in churches and in lives yet today!
Here's an example.
A man or woman may have 23 years of faithful
attendance pins for Sunday School ... and still hate the Pastor
and be trying to "kick him out" at every opportunity! (You
will need a "camel" to carry that many of those
attendance awards! So
... don't swallow your "camel!")
Let me tell you something right now.
Loving and supporting that man of God is a
thousand times more important than your silly attendance pins!
Why, the devil probably has a bunch of those pins
himself! He hasn't missed a service at some Baptist
Churches for years and years! (More than 23 I think!)
Or (another example) someone who would NEVER lay
a sheet of paper or ANYTHING on top of a Bible ... yet will
gossip and slander and lie about a brother or sister in Christ
You big HYPOCRITE!
Yes ...David committed adultery ... but he
did so on a good day!
I'd say any day one commits adultery becomes a
bad day ... a VERY bad day.
Well, you have probably heard enough of Brother
Bagwell for now.
Lord willing, more tomorrow.
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
Most sin eventually (if not immediately) contains
No man was ever unfaithful to his wife with being
a little (or a lot) "sneaky" in doing so.
Most sin simple demands some form of "cover-up!"
So was it with Bathsheba and David.
Our verse today just adds one little fact.
" ... And she returned unto her
house." 2 Samuel 11:4d
After their deadly "sin" ... she went home and
the King presumably went right on governing the nation ... as if
nothing ever happened!
They obviously tried to cover up their wicked
deed by her quickly going back home and things continuing "as
Can't let the neighbors see her gone, you know!
Someone might tell her husband Uriah! "Uriah" means
"Jehovah is my Light!" She left the Light of Jehovah for
David (meaning "beloved") ... or as here, old "lover boy!"
And the lying and deceiving was just beginning
What sneakiness David tried as he brought Uriah
home from the battle front!
Then (when that devious plan did not work) David
sent Uriah back to fight ... with his own death warrant in his
How "low down" can you get?
BUT, WAIT A MINUTE!
I am almost sure someone is reading these lines
today who also is deceitfully hiding something in your life!
Something you wife (or husband) just can't know!
At first you felt a little guilty about such
But, no longer!
It has become just a way of life for you!
You are living a lie.
That's pretty good proof that whatever you're
doing is SIN!
Quit it today!
Confess it and forsake it and get back to living
an open honest life!
Proverbs 28:13 says: "He that
covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and
forsaketh them shall have mercy."
(David did not confess this sin to God for nearly
a year! What a load of guilt he carried!)
May God help YOU to do right.
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
It's a verse
that I first heard as a boy.
I don't think
I knew its location ... but I was aware that it was in the
--- "But if ye will not do so, behold, ye
have sinned against the LORD:
and be sure your sin
will find you out."
Look at that!
"Be SURE your sin
will find you out!"
David, of all people, can testify to that
His SIN always was discovered!
In fact, sin is an exceedingly difficult
thing to hide very long!
After David's terrible deeds regarding
another man's wife ... and after all their attempts to "hide"
those deeds, we are calmly told:
"And the woman conceived, and sent and
told David, and said, I am with child." 2 Samuel
Now if you believe, as I do, that God is in
control of everything ... this conception on Bathsheba's part is
Even realizing that the sinning couple here
had little or no means of "birth control," it is still
astounding that God allowed a little baby to be formed!
It is not every day of the month that a lady
can conceive a child!
And according to the 2 Samuel 11 text ...
David and Bathsheba were only together that one night!
YET ... it happened!
I guess you could say that "their sin found
The wicked deed can no longer be hidden!
David is ruined.
His moral leadership and authority are gone.
His days of spiritual mountain climbing are
over for the rest of his life!
Had he been alive today ... his preaching of
the Psalms would have had to have been done in liberal
churches! (No fundamental conservation Church would allow him
in the pulpit ... not with him being an adulterer!)
And God let it all happen this way!
In fact ... if our Lord is an Almighty God
... and He is ... He orchestrated the
excruciating series of "punishments" David must now face!
God would rather have David uncomfortable and
eventually driven to repentance ... than living lavishly in
Friend, let me guarantee you something today.
YOUR sin and MY sin will find us out too!
If David was "gambling" with sin ... he lost!
One night in 30! Just think of it! One
little all night "party" can't hurt a thing, can it? What are
the "odds" of a women conceiving under those circumstances?
Until sin gets in the equation!
We all know this anyway ... but here's some
Don't mingle with sin.
It will find you out.
It will surface somehow someday!
But, preacher, what's a man (or woman) to do?
Thank God for the saving forgiving BLOOD of
Again here's the truth about sin:
"He that covereth his
sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh
them shall have mercy." Proverbs 28:13
God help us all to obey Thy Word!
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
I saw the book while in a secular bookstore.
It caught my eye.
I enjoy studying history anyway.
This newly published title discusses the
history of the Kings of this world (at least for the past few
hundred years) ... especially in reference to their moral lives.
Not ALL of them ... but nearly all of them
... had mistresses! (I mean in addition to their wives, they
It seems that dozens and dozens of them were
immoral to the very core.
Now such immorality in the light of God's
Word is WRONG! It is a sin!
When a king has one mistress after another
for his entire reign (and sometimes more than one mistress in a
given time frame) ... he is sinning against God!
In case you have not figured it out yet ... a
mistress is just another word for a "lover."
A unique thing I learned by reading this
material is that almost without exception these women who gave
(or sold) themselves to their King ended up with terrible kinds
of diseases and (while rich, very rich during their "mistress"
days) being very poor in the end and hated by the whole
population when their little "flings" were over!
I have said all that to say this:
Then, preacher, when the Bible tells us that
King David has just one "affair" (Bathsheba) ... and that
afterward he married his little mistress ... and that things
ended up well (Solomon being the offspring) ...
then David was not so
bad after all, was he?
Now listen to me carefully!
Paul tells us that we can't look at it that
We can't compare God's child (David) and his
behavior to the lost rebellious world (history's other kings)
and their behavior. That's like comparing apples and grapes.
Here are Paul's very words: "For we dare
not ... compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but
themselves by themselves, and
among themselves, are
This verse is found in 2 Corinthians 10:12.
Yes, David was a "saint" when compared to
many of history's Kings ... but he also is a child of God and
is to be measured by a
Dear reader today, do not measure your
lifestyle by the world! You will think you're doing great!
Measure your actions and character and behavior by THE WORD OF
GOD! That (and that alone) will be your standard of future
judgment. ("For the word of God is
quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword,
piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of
the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts
and intents of the heart." Hebrews 4:12)
Or listen to Romans 14:10 which says:
"For we shall all stand before
the judgment seat of
Preacher, I'm OK.
I've stolen very little over my whole
lifetime ... much less than the average American!
BUT what are you going to do with this
verse? "Thou shalt not steal."
Or this one? "Let him
that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working
with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have
to give to him that needeth." (Ephesians 4:28)
Or this one? This statement was made by one who just got
saved! "And Zacchaeus stood, and said
unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the
poor; and if I have
taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him
fourfold." (Luke 19:8)
"Lord, help us to live godly lives! Not by
the world's standards of propriety ... but by the standards of
God's Holy Word! In Jesus' Name I pray, Amen."
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
Here's the verse.
"Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for
whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap."
I believe this is true in ALL areas of life.
If a farmer sows wheat ... he will not reap
If he owns apple trees ... the harvest will
not bring grapes!
And if he lives a sinful life ... he will
reap the consequences also!
But I need to give you a Bible example of
this principle in action.
I shall do so with the life of King David!
Things were just great with our "hero" until
one dark night in Jerusalem. A night when he should have been
on the battlefield with his army!
Instead David walks and looks and soon lusts
and invites another man's wife to his palace.
He commits the terrible forbidden sin of
adultery. (Much more serious than we Christians have been led
to believe today!)
But David was a "chain" sinner ... as are all
sinners! One sin just led to another!
The adultery was covered with deceit. (Bathsheba
just went back home. Maybe no one will ever know!)
But soon she was "with child," expecting,
pregnant! (Talk about one's sin finding him out!)
Then David had to devise a plan (more
He brought the lady's soldier husband home
from the war and told him to go to his wife! (A little plan
based on a lie! If Uriah sleeps with Bathsheba ... no one will
know that David is the father!)
(But Uriah has too much "class" to do so! He
refuses to relax while his unit is at war! He did not even
touch his wife!)
Then ... things get worse.
David devises a murder plot!
He will have Uriah killed (which he did)!
Adultery to deceit ... to lying ... to
Of course ... as soon as Bathsheba is a
"widow" ... things can be managed a lot better!
Plan a royal marriage!
Have a baby shower!
Everything is fine!
Or is it?
Of course "sorrow" soon appears. The little
baby dies shortly after birth. But that's just a foretaste of
For about a year then David (and Bathsheba)
live in relative quiet.
THEN A PREACHER APPEARS!
He preaches a scathing sermon to David ...
who then "breaks" and seeks God's forgiveness for his terrible
deeds! (He was unrepentant for a year!)
That preacher (Nathan) tells David the
sobbing sinner/saint exactly what God says about the whole
matter! "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. 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." 2nd Samuel
Now watch these words. I will "lift" them
from these verses to highlight their message:
therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house."
God promises David that what the King has sown ... he
will also reap!
David killed with the sword! Therefore ...
the sword will appear and reappear in his family history
David was sexually loose and immoral!
Therefore ... immorality and sexual perversion will follow his
family all their remaining days!
And God's Word, as always, proved true ...
again and again!
Here's the list:
David's son Amnon raped David's daughter
Tamar! (Tamar was Amnon's half sister!) That's a "sexual" sin,
David's son Absalom murdered the rapist (son
Amnon)! That's a "killing" sin, David!
In these first two events the "reaping" has
already started! (Even thought David has repented and been
forgiven of God!)
David's son Absalom eventually deceives his
father and leads a rebellion against the king! (David sowed
governmental deceit ... "have that soldier killed;" AND HE
REAPED GOVERNMENTAL DECEIT ... "help me overthrow my Dad's
Absalom (against David's command) is slain by
his commanding general (Joab)! MURDER has hit home again!
(Remember Uriah, David?)
And even as David dies his son Adonijah plots
to seize the kingdom from Solomon his brother! More intrigue
and deceit in the house of David! And even though Solomon did
become King ... he had brother Adonijah executed (after David's
You well can say that all David's life (after
that terrible night with Bathsheba) he experienced God's
Now ... let me show you the REST of the great
verse (in its "context" or Biblical "setting"):
"Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for
whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap
corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit
reap life everlasting." Galatians 6:7-8.
Friend, DO NOT sow to the flesh!
Sow to the Holy Spirit of God!
You will be eternally glad you did!
DO NOT commit that sin!
Avoid it with all your heart and soul!
It just costs too much!
Sin comes on the "installment" plan! You
have to pay for it the rest of your life!
That's not an encouraging lesson today ...
but it is a needed lesson.
A "ounce" of prevention may be worth a
"pound" of cure!
"Abstain from all
appearance of evil." 1 Thessalonians 5:22
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell