Scott Worthington

David's Great Sin and Our Laziness & Lust

Aug 27, 2023
2 Samuel 11

In this message Pastor Scott Worthington teaches from 2 Samuel 11. In a culture that highlights laziness and lust as natural and necessary, these are pervasive and destructive sins that we must wage was against. That is what we explore in this sermon.

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2 Samuel 11 // David’s Great Sin and Our Laziness & Lust
"'The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.'" -John 10:10
“God is not a killjoy. He just opposes what kills joy.” -John Piper
“For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.” -Romans 8:13
In a culture that highlights laziness and lust as natural and necessary, these are pervasive and destructive sins that we must wage was against.
Three Catastrophic “C’s”
1. The Choices
“In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle, David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel. And they ravaged the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem.” -2 Samuel 11:1
A. David made a choice to NOT do what he should have.
“How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments!” -Psalm 119:9-10
“O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you…” -Psalm 63:1a
“Until you believe that life is war – that the stakes are your soul – you will probably just play at Christianity with no blood-earnestness and no vigilance and no passion and no wartime mindset. If that is where you are this morning, your position is very precarious. The enemy has lulled you into sleep or into a peacetime mentality as if nothing serious is at stake.” -John Piper
“One of the most serious threats to the human spirit is boredom. Boredom is the breeding ground for wickedness. Bored people are easy targets of the flesh and the Devil. It is like putting a bull’s-eye on your chest with a sign: ‘Tempt me, I’m easy!’” -Sam Storms
B. David made a choice to DO what he should NOT have.
“It happened, late one afternoon, when David arose from his couch and was walking on the roof of the king’s house, that he saw from the roof a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful. And David sent and inquired about the woman.” -2 Samuel 11:2-3a
“Seeing the woman, he stops. He lingers. A glance becomes a gaze, a gaze stretches into a stare, a stare dissolves into a leer. He loses all awareness of who he is or the danger that lies ahead. As the dense cloud of his aroused passion closes in around him, all he knows is the present. Everything else is forgotten – his family, his kingdom, even his God.” -Chuck Swindoll
“And one said, ‘Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?’” -2 Samuel 11:3b
“So David sent messengers and took her, and she came to him, and he lay with her. (Now she had been purifying herself from her uncleanness.) Then she returned to her house. And the woman conceived, and she sent and told David, ‘I am pregnant.’” -2 Samuel 11:4-5
Three Catastrophic “C’s”
2. The Cover-Up
“Uriah said to David, ‘The ark and Israel and Judah dwell in booths, and my lord Joab and the servants of my lord are camping in the open field. Shall I then go to my house, to eat and to drink and to lie with my wife? As you live, and as your soul lives, I will not do this thing.’” -2 Samuel 11:11
“But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.” -James 1:14-15
“But the thing that David had done displeased the Lord.” -2 Samuel 11:27b
Three Catastrophic “C’s”
3. The Consequences
Your sin will find you out.
“God does not allow his children to sin successfully.” -Charles Spurgeon
“Can a man carry fire next to his chest and his clothes not be burned?” ­-Proverbs 6:27
“When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long. Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat.” -Psalm 32:3-4 (NLT)
“Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, ‘I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.’ And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.” -Psalm 32:5 (NLT)
The P.A.T.H. for Fighting Lust:
P – Pursue a real, growing relationship with Jesus
A – Avoid pitfalls
T – Turn your mind to Christ
H – Have real accountability
Chuck Swindoll’s Biography of David
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