It was that second look that led to David’s sin
- Jim Shempert
Here it is, another one of those swimsuit blogs. Except, it’s not. This has nothing to do with shaming women for their bathing suit choices. Nothing to do with telling others to cover up to keep you from sinning. Man of the Cross, this blog is to tell you that you are responsible for where your eyes land.
My family and I just got back from the beach. On that beach, were multiple women of all ages in less than ankle length skirts. Next to that beach was a large body of water called the Atlantic Ocean. Now, before you start down the path of “I’m a visual person, so it’s not my fault” let me stop you there. We have a pandemic of “it’s not my fault” in this country. The President, Congress, down to the average Joe in the street all have a problem with admitting responsibility. This is a new phenomenon, and then again, it’s as old as Adam. It’s the thought that you/me are the center of the universe and everything revolves around us. Some call it idolatry, but in its purest form, it’s sin.
Being a Bible thumper, I am always going to look at Scripture. Scripture describes King David as a man after God’s own heart. The problem with that description is that he was still a man. 2nd Samuel 11 reads:
In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king’s men and the whole Israelite army. They destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained in Jerusalem. One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof, he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful, and David sent someone to find out about her. The man said, “She is Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite.” Then David sent messengers to get her. She came to him, and he slept with her. Then she went back home (2nd Samuel 11:1-5).
So a man that was described as someone who had God’s heart is vulnerable? Yep! Here’s the thing though, David wasn’t vulnerable because of anything Bathsheba did. In fact, as far as I can tell, she was taking a bath. He could have chosen to look away, but he didn’t. It was that second look that led to David’s sin, the murder of a trusted lieutenant, and the loss of his child. One look too long leads to lies, deceit, and murder. The sad thing is, David was so deep in his sin, that he couldn’t see that what he did was wrong. The description of what he did infuriated him until he learned that he was the subject of the narrative.
The Lord sent Nathan to David. When he came to him, he said, “There were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor. The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle, but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him. “Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who had come to him.” David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, “As surely as the Lord lives, the man who did this must die! He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity.” Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man! This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. I gave your master’s house to you, and your master’s wives into your arms. I gave you all Israel and Judah. And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more. Why did you despise the word of the Lord by doing what is evil in his eyes? You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife to be your own. You killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house, because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.’ “This is what the Lord says: Out of your own household I am going to bring calamity on you. Before your very eyes, I will take your wives and give them to one who is close to you, and he will sleep with your wives in broad daylight. You did it in secret, but I will do this thing in broad daylight before all Israel. ” (2nd Samuel 12:1-12)
Whether or not someone’s clothing is appropriate has no connection with your sin. Your sin is personal to you. Stop pretending that you are a wild animal. Hebrews 2:7 says, “You made them a little lower than the angels; You crowned them with glory and honor.” Since we are made a little lower than the angels, I feel sure that God gave us the capability to handle our own impulses. Everyone is born with the capacity to commit murder, but not everyone does. Everyone is born with the capacity to be an adulterer, but not everyone cheats.
The next time you are at a beach, or a shopping mall, you need to remember, you can’t justify your sin by pointing to someone else. Their dress has nothing to do with your eyes. Sure, there are cases where their parents should have done a better job in raising them and teaching how to dress modestly. But you are responsible for where your eyes go. James 1: 14-15 reads, “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.”
Men, if you don’t believe me, at least believe what Jesus says, “But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. (Matthew 5:28)”
Then imagine it’s your wife, daughter, or mother that you are lusting after. Doesn’t seem so harmless then, does it?