What breaks the Bible greats? part one

My last several posts have been about a man and his son, both kings of Israel. David and Solomon. I had nothing but nice things to say about these two gentlemen, and if you read their stories in the Bible you know that they did have many great accomplishments. But you also know that both men stumbled. For David, it was a sexual sin that got him. He’s not the only strong man of the Bible to fall to this. Something similar got Solomon, then there’s Samson, who was done in by his lust.

For the purposes of these blogs, I’m going to focus on David. His sexual sin is very well known to most who have even a little Bible knowledge. It can be found in 2 Samuel, Chapter 11.

2 Samuel 11:2-4 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. 3 And David sent and inquired about the woman. And one said, “Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?” 4 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.

If you continue reading, you learn that not only did he commit adultery with this woman, but that he also ends up facilitating the murder of her husband, all in an attempt to cover up the adultery. So to say that David stumbled might be an understatement, because the guy flat out cratered.

So, why am I blogging about this? When I read this account in the Bible, I saw it as such a warning. This is a mighty king, a man that was experiencing the favor and goodness of God on a daily basis. David was wealthy and powerful and successful and wise and good, and yet he was still vulnerable. His story and those of others like Samson were like a window into something that can bring down any person. Sexual immorality and sexual sins are no joke, and they are everywhere in our modern society.

Think about this for a second. King David had to go up to his rooftop to lay eyes on a naked woman, and even then it was a fluke that he saw her. Know what I have to do to see a naked woman? Type a few letters into an internet browser, or push the power button on my TV remote. The availability of sexual temptation is at an all time high. Billboards with suggestive content, radio commercials, the borderline pornographic magazines that line every check out stand in Wal-Mart, heck, the stupid M&M’s commercials that air before a movie are now extremely sexually suggestive! I don’t have to go looking for sexual temptation, it finds me everywhere I go! Thousands of years ago it took a fluke to be tempted or it took you seeking it out and heading to the seedy side of town. Today, all a person has to do is open their eyes and they’re assaulted with an unending and unwavering onslaught of sexual images. And if one of the most celebrated believers in the Old Testament couldn’t resist sexual temptation, how can I?

This is a dense subject, and truthfully, it’s one that makes me a little uncomfortable to write about. But the fact is, I really felt that this is what God was showing me as I read about the stumbles of David and Solomon. So we’re going to continue digging into this in upcoming posts. The things we ignore, the things we refuse to talk about, these things often hold great power over us. And the fact is, these stories are in the Bible for a reason. God didn’t toss them in for no reason, He knew that sexual temptation is something that holds great sway over the hearts of mankind. So as much as it might be a little uncomfortable, I really want to dig into this because I really felt God speaking to me through these verses.

Before I end for the day, I do want to say this. There is hope for us to stay pure. There is hope for us to overcome sexual temptations.

1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

God’s word tells me that whenever I am tempted, He provides a way of escape. This is a promise for me and for you, and it’s one we need to really cling to. This verse is telling us that whatever temptation is hitting us, whatever bad images are on TV that we’re wanting to keep watching or whatever bad website we’re wanting to visit or whatever inappropriate behavior your boyfriend or girlfriend is wanting to engage in, there are two things true about the situation.

Number one. You are not going to be tempted beyond your ability. You are strong enough to overcome, because God has capped out this temptation to match your ability to overcome it. You feel weak? Unable to beat this particular temptation? You are wrong, because God says different. He says this temptation does not go beyond your ability.

Number two. God is providing a way of escape from this temptation. You can feel trapped in a temptation, especially those that are sexual in nature, but God’s word tells us that He always provides a way of escape from temptation. If your heart is to break free of a temptation, to find a way out, then there’s great news, because God provides a way of escape. He opens the prison door and all you have to do is have the strength to turn from the temptation and run through the door to freedom.

PRAYER AND CLOSING

Father God, today I come before you asking for purity for our people.  I come asking that you set people free from sexual immorality, from addiction to pornography, from addiction to the sexualized culture and world we live in.  Lord, if people are going to be set free first they’re going to have to change how they look at things.  I ask right now that you grant us your heart on purity.  Open our eyes to see these things the way that you see them.  You now the culture and the society, the way it’s seen as completely normal to look at sexual imagery and engage in sexual immorality.  People are being raised in this culture, they’re surrounded by this society, and some of them don’t even realize there’s anything wrong with it.  So God, today that’s my cry.  Open our eyes and our hearts.  You’re a God of pure things, and your word tells us that sexual immorality is wrong.  We’re not meant to live our lives in a constant state of temptation, yet that’s where we are as modern believers a lot of times.  Jesus, I ask you to show us your way on this matter.  Show us what grieves your heart, the things that you view as unclean and immoral, so that we too can hold that view.  We have to realize the true line between right and wrong, clean and pure, before we can realize which side of that line we’re living on.  So that’s my cry today, Lord.  Please grant your people a new vision, a fresh purity that will allow us to see all the things around us in a new light.  Remind your people that we are in this world but we’re not of it, that it might be a place overrun by sexual temptations but it’s not our place to be overrun by sexual temptations.  Illuminate the dark corners, turn the light on in our hidden places, reveal to ourselves areas in which we’re not living pure.  Then grant us wisdom and strength.  Strength to want to overcome the temptations, and wisdom to see the escapes you provide.  I thank you that you’re a loving God, one who doesn’t leave us as slaves to temptation, but who gives us a way out.  Raise up your people on this day Lord, make us a people who hunger after purity.  I pray this in the precious name of Jesus, for the glory of God, amen.

Man, I love you guys so much.  I don’t always know who reads these blogs but I want you to know that I love you so much.  God’s granted me such a heart of love, and what a gift that is, to see those around you in love.  I wasn’t always that way, I could tend to be really judgmental of people, and I’m so thankful that I’m no longer that man.  So whoever you are, wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, know that you are loved by someone on this day.  And so much better than my love is the love of Jesus, which He has for you.  His love is so great that He hung on a cross and allowed himself to be killed so that you could be free of your debt of sin.  That’s the truest love that exists.

 

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