II Samuel 9:1 David is no longer running from Saul, King of Israel. In fact, He is still obeying The Lord and honoring Saul. In verse 1 he is honoring Saul’s memory by being kind to Saul’s family. He was also honoring the memory of his much loved friend, Prince Jonathan.
He discovers that 1 of Jonathan’s son’s remains: Mephibosheth. He sent for Mephibosheth, the disabled son of Jonathan and took Him into his house to be his son for the remainder of his life.
I want to focus on David’s response to temptation at a moment in time–in 1 instance, so much changes for him, his nation and his family as a result of his response. This reinforces in my mind the theme from The Lord of the Rings — You have a part to play that is yours and yours alone. If you do not find a way, no one will. David was God’s man. David sinned and all pay the consequence.
Reminds me of another scene in the Garden of Eden. The slimy serpent compels to Eve. Adam is there but remains silent(does not play his part) and the world is forever changed. For sin coming into the world, we have resolve. Genesis 3:15 “From now on you and the woman will be enemies, as will all of your offspring and hers. And I will put the fear of you into the woman, and between your offspring and hers. He shall strike you on your head, while you will strike at his heel.” We have a promise that there is a victor, and Overcomer, a one stronger that I who will overcome the Evil One and his attempts on our lives. That’s why we trust Him to give us strength to play our part in this battle.
Okay so what happens:
His distorted desires yields to temptation and he brings Bathsheba over and commits adultery with her.
He becomes devious then. He tries to figure out a way to get Uriah, her husband with her, so that it appears that he is the father of the resulting child.
Uriah is a faithful man to David and his army. He will not go home during wartime and David resorts to having Uriah sent to the front line of battle and sees that his is killed: murder!
He takes Bathsheba into his household as wife.
Because of David’s triple sin, God sends Nathan to him to present an analogy. David repents of all but his waywardness will cost him even more: Bathsheba’s baby gets sick and dies.
David modeled sexual sin to his children and the nation of Israel. We don’t know the impact to the nation of Israel because it is not recorded. We do see a personal example of the impact right in David’s own household. His son Amnon lusts for his half sister Tamar. He conspires to get her into his bedroom with Jonadab (13:5) and ruins her life and his.
Tamar’s full brother Absalom hates Amnon for his sin. He later plots with friends and has Amnon killed(murder). David is consumed with grief over his son’s death. He is then estranged for a time from Absalom because Absalom plotted and executed Amnon’s death.
Absalom and David are reconciled but the reconciliation begins the downward spiral of Absalom’s life. His ego grows extremely large. He apparently believes that he prematurely should become King of Israel. He has no value for the things of God. Absalom is a showman and played the part of a wise judge to win the public’s favor. He then insights riots all over Israel against his father which puts David on the run yet again.
Absalom shakes his fist at God and his father. He erects a tent on top of the palace for the purpose of allowing everyone to see his conquest of his father’s wives–all of them!
Absalom’s physical attractiveness enables his demise. In pursuit of his father, David, he rides his mule under a gnarled oak tree and his hair gets caught in its branches. Joab is told where he is and personally sees that Absalom is killed. David goes into mourning over Absalom’s death.
I do believe these acts and event are linked to David’s sin. All because in that moment David chose wrongly. That instantaneous decision produced pain and years of negative consequences.