On Twitter recently, there’s a lot of talk about Bathsheba being raped. The Bible doesn’t say she was raped, but I didn’t have a strong opinion about it either way until I figured out that it was feminists spreading this rumor for the purpose of dismantling Patriarch. They will argue that men can’t be the ones in authority since it usually results in abuse of some type. Therefore, they must do a lot of twisting of Scripture to come to this conclusion. These are false teachers. Mark and avoid them!
Someone shared a sermon by Pastor Chuck Swindoll called “The Case of the Open Window Shade.” He preached on this very topic. I took notes. It was great!
King David was a man of God before 2 Samuel 11 and after chapter 11, even though he had committed adultery and murder, yet his sin had long-term devasting effects.
There is no such thing as “sudden adultery.” King David allowed chinks into his armor.
The first chink was that he took more concubines and wives into his harem. This is in direct contradiction to Scripture (1 Corinthians 7:2). These women turned the king’s heart from the Lord and broke down his integrity. Polygamy was his first chink.
The second chink was vulnerability. Everything was going his way. He was wealthy, famous, and successful in every area. It all began to go to his head.
The third chink was indulgence. He was in bed instead of on the battlefield. Our greatest battles aren’t when we’re working hard. They’re when we have a lot of leisure time, and we’re bored. Maybe, we can’t sleep at night and make fateful decisions like King David did.
King David was indulging himself beyond the place of wisdom. He decided to go walk out on his rooftop and spotted a very beautiful woman.
The male’s major source of sexual stimulation is visual, whereas the female’s major source of sexual stimulation is touch. Women’s physical appearance is a nemesis of a man. Women NEED to know this! God commands women to dress modestly and be shamefaced (not draw attention to oneself) for good reasons. Trust and obey Him, women.
Bathsheba was being foolish. She knew the King could see her bathing. She deliberately put temptation in his path.
Pastor Swindoll then exhorted the women to give thought to what they wear and exhorted men to not linger. The Devil wants us to forget God at times when lust creeps in because then all good decisions forsake us.
In times of temptation of flesh, FLEE! This is the only resistance to lust. If you don’t flee, you’ll fall.
At this moment in King David’s life, God was quite unreal to him. The Bible warns us to take heed lest we fall. You won’t fall if you don’t take a second look. (He’s exhorting men here.) Flee instead of taking that second look or thought.
Chuck Swindoll firmly believes that this was not a rape! The Bible said nothing about a struggle nor about it being a rape. She probably knew exactly what she was doing. The King was rich, powerful, and handsome. She wanted him! She was most likely lonely since her husband was in battle. Women are known for doing these things when lonely and bored.
Remember, sin is only passing pleasures. The Devil makes sin look great at the time but hides the devasting consequences from one’s mind. God’s peace vanishes.
Bathsheba became pregnant. King David’s peace vanished which led to deception, then hypocrisy, then murder. It’s a tragic story of the consequences of lust giving way to death. Beware.
FLEE lust. It’s the only biblical answer to lust. FLEE.
But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.