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TV Broadcast #1057

When David Stayed Home
Part One

January 6, 2013

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 1057 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

— Brother Phil Enlow: Turn if you will…well, I’ll give you the scripture in a minute, but I think it’s fair to say, safe to say that David was Israel’s greatest king, wasn’t he? You know, Solomon enjoyed the glory of what David had won, and he was known in his day as the greatest king in the world, but he basically reaped what David had sowed and provided for.

Israel came to a point where Samuel the prophet was getting old and they were…they didn’t know how to go forward and instead of seeking God they said, we want a king like everybody else. And so the Lord, in spite of what He knew was going to happen, He went ahead and gave them a king—He gave them Saul.

And Saul was king for a number of years, but it came to a point where Saul just got presumptuous and decided he was going to figure out…take something that God had said and figure out a better way. The Lord sent him out to destroy a particular people who were His enemies…and destroy everything! I mean, just wipe this out! And so he saw all of the animals and he said, well, I’ve got a better idea. I’m gonna bring back the animals and we’re gonna have a sacrifice to the Lord.

And that was an act of deliberate disobedience. It wasn’t like he just was sort of figuring his way. This was something God had specifically said through the prophet. This was absolutely a direct defiance of what God had said. And such a dishonor was something the Lord couldn’t overlook. And it was not just one of those little ‘oopsies.’ This was showing a defect in his character. There was something really self-centered about Saul. He didn’t really have a picture of who God was and who he was in relation to God.

So anyway, the Lord said He was gonna seek a man after His own heart, and David was the one who came into the picture as a little shepherd boy, or a young man, at least. And God anointed him and we know how God put him in school, didn’t He? For years and years his life was one death-defying deliverance after another. God had him on the run, put him in a place where some of us have been, in a measure, at times, where God has put us in a place where there’s nowhere to turn but the Lord. And what it did was to draw him near to the Lord and teach him God’s faithfulness, prepared him to have a different spirit, a different heart than Saul had had.

And finally the time came for Saul’s reign to end, both Saul and Jonathan, his son, who was really on David’s side, but nonetheless, they died in battle. And the elders of Judah came and they brought David in to be their king, and so for about…I think it was some seven years, something like that, he actually reigned as the king of Judah, but the rest of Israel was still trying to follow one of Saul’s sons. So they really had an ongoing war for a number of years.

And finally the elders of everybody all over the nation came to David and said, we want you to be our king of the whole nation. And so David went to Jerusalem. But his whole reign was marked by war. He was man of war. And God just enabled him to fight battle, after battle, after battle, after battle.

You know, going back to Abraham God had given a promise about the land, hadn’t He? And He even defined the borders. It was gonna be from Egypt all the way to the Euphrates River…just absolutely gave him a promise. Well, up to that point, up to this point in history, that had never been fulfilled, had it? But David was enabled to conquer everywhere he went. His army that had been honed with him…their strength and their courage had been honed with him because they’d been with him in all these difficulties.

Now Joab, who had been one of his trusted men becomes the general of the army, and all of these other mighty men became the stalwart leaders in his army, and they went out just conquering year after year. They’d defeat these people and defeat those people, and David literally achieved the stature of Nebuchadnezzar later. He was…if you’d asked anybody in the known world at that time, who was the greatest king, they would have said David of Israel. And of course, Solomon, as I say, inherited all of that.

And so, for the most part, David, and almost completely, David was truly a man after God’s own heart. But chapter 11 of 2nd Samuel is one of those uncomfortable interludes that I believe has a lot of lessons for us in it, because it’s amazing what can happen to somebody that even is a man after God’s own heart, and is given great blessings from God, yet we are human. And we can never get to a place where we just sort of just settle back and figure we’ve arrived, and we can kind of coast along a little bit.

And that’s kind of what David was doing. You know…it just goes chapter after chapter, it talks about all the great victories that were being won. And so now you come to chapter 11, it says, “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.” (NIV). Now that particular statement there encompasses a period of time, because you look in all the accounts of this, that defeat of Rabbah took place sometime later. But this was basically the campaign they were on, even though it took a period of time.

But then there’s a very significant statement, and we’ve heard this many times. “But David remained in Jerusalem.” So right there you see something has changed. David has had so much success and so much blessing that he sort of figures…you know, I’m tired. I’ve been out there in the battlefield all this time. I think I’m gonna sit this one out.

You know, I see far greater danger to our spiritual lives from success and blessing than I do from trouble and challenge. And I think a lot of you know what I’m saying. Because when it seems like God is blessing us, it is so incredibly easy to begin to coast and to begin to be complacent in our spirits, and sort of to figure like, well, we look back, we see the battles that were won and we see where we’ve come, and now it’s like I’ve arrived at a place…

( breathing sigh of relief ).

…Where I can just go along. Oh my! I don’t know any more dangerous place, because as long as we’re in these bodies, we are going to have challenges. There is a power of sin that is not only in the world, but it resides in these bodies. And until God finishes delivering us from these bodies, we’re gonna have a battle. We are going to have to be on guard. And David did not understand that.

What happened…what are we trusting in? Let’s think about this for a minute. When you and I get comfortable, spiritually…we’ve just come through a battle. We’ve come through great victories, great blessing. We’re riding high and all of a sudden, we get in this complacent place…who are we really looking at? Who are we trusting in? We’re not really looking at Him, are we? We’re sort of trusting in ourselves as though, well, I’m in this place because I was faithful, because I was strong. And all of a sudden it becomes about us.

Oh my God! How easy is it when we get in a place like that for Satan to begin to work, and to begin to nurture that sense of self-confidence that is so misplaced, and to gradually suck us in to something that is really, really wrong. And that’s what happened to David.

And so very simply it says, “One evening David got up from his bed…” You know, his army’s out in tents fighting wars, and here he is home in bed. So he, “…Got us 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.” Now I know that over the years, there have been a lot of folks who have preached from this and the essence of their message is, girls, watch out…as though this was her fault.

And what is the message of this…now I know there’s a real place there…I think ladies and girls need to understand how men react to the female body, need to be realistic about it and honest about it. But at the same time, the message of emphasizing that side of this is basically, men can’t help it. Baloney! You know, there’s a lot of folks in the world that seem to believe that. Well, it’s just all the women’s fault. We can’t help it. God help us, men, we can help it by the grace of God.

( congregational amens ).

We don’t…none of us needs to let sin rule over us in any form. The grace of God is stronger than the power of sin.

( congregational amens ).

Praise God! So that perhaps has a place in this, but that is not the message of this. The focus is not on her and what she did. This is on David. If he’d been where he was supposed to be, it wouldn’t have been a problem to begin with. So David sends out to find something out about her. I mean, already he’s in dangerous territory. Why in the world, didn’t he just turn his eyes away and…well, that’s just the way it is and go on about his business. No! Something got his attention! He was in a weak, vulnerable place!

How many of you know what I’m talking about? That you get careless sometimes, and things appeal to you and draw you in, that you wouldn’t think about messing with if your mind was positively engaged, and your heart was positively engaged in seeking God and serving Him, you wouldn’t pay any attention to that thing? But you’re sort of drifting…your mind is just kind of relaxed and next thing you know, you’re sucked a little bit in this direction and you go just a little bit.

And so David is kind of toying with this thing. The Devil’s got his bait out is what’s going on here. The Devil’s a good fisherman, knows how to appeal to us. And so the Devil was dangling a little thing. David, why don’t you find out about her? Wonder who that is? And so he does. He sends word. “The man said, Isn’t this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite?”

Now one of the things that is helpful to understand about this that really makes it even worse, is who this Uriah was. If you go to the list of David’s men, the ones that fought with him, that lived with him through all those years of hell, and stood with him and fought in battles, you will find lists of three great warriors and then David’s mighty men! David’s mighty men were a group of 30 and they, every one, had a record in battle that was just amazing. It would list one after another. This is the exploit that he did. He fought against so many people and killed every one of them, and this one did this, and so on.

Uriah was one of David’s mighty men. This was somebody who…this was not just some ‘Joe Shmoe’ from the infantry. This was one of David’s trusted servants…okay? So, this should have been an absolute, utter red flag. If David had been even thinking about God and what was right in God’s eyes, instead of just following his instinct, his natural, sinful instincts, he would have stopped it right there.

But he didn’t, did he? It says, “Then David sent messengers to get her. She came to him, and he slept with her. (She had purified herself from her uncleanness.) Then she went back home. The woman conceived and sent word to David, saying, I am pregnant.”

Now you see how this thing is beginning to…the devil has set out the bait and now he’s beginning to set the hook, isn’t he? David realizes, I’m caught. I’ve got to do something about this. How many of you know that if you cover your sin, what happens? You don’t prosper. It doesn’t work. God sees everything. You know, the word there in Proverbs is, “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper.” (KJV). But oh thank God, it doesn’t stop there, does it? But he who does what? Confesses…

( congregational response ).

…And forsakes, will what? Will have mercy. So there’s got to be an honesty and there’s got to be a forsaking, and God is merciful. Praise God! I’m thankful, because here we are in the world, and at best, we come short. But we have a God who forgives sin. We have a God who is merciful.

But anyway, at this point, David is not in any mood to just say, I really messed up. Tell Uriah I’m so sorry…and whatever would have been dealing with this in the open. Somehow he’s got a little bit of the big-head along with everything else. He’s the king! I mean, I’m wondering what in the world these servants must have been thinking. But somehow, he is so lost in his own way at this point in his life that he doesn’t really get it, he doesn’t understand.

That’s a bad place to be, and it’s so easy to get there. We live in a world that is full of wickedness and iniquity! Jesus spoke of a time, He said, because iniquity will abound, what happens? The love of many will grow cold. Folks, we are called to live a heated, white-hot life, a life that’s warm…you know, you get the idea of the fact that we need to be hot for God! We need to be living in a certain spiritual temperature.

But folks, we’re living in Antarctica in the wintertime. And if there is not a source of heat coming into our lives, we are going to be cooled right down to the temperature of what’s around us. All we have to do is get careless. All we have to do is just kind of drink in from the world, and all of a sudden things aren’t quite as sinful, and things that we…you know, if we were really where we ought to be, we would have a sensitive conscience about things. All of a sudden, it’s not so bad. And you get just slowly sucked right in and drawn away.

And I don’t know, I had no particular…I didn’t even know when I got up this morning what in the world we were gonna do this morning to be honest with you. And I just had a sense, the Lord wanted me to get up and read His Word. Well, I went to my Bible reading plan, and lo and behold this was the scripture! And as soon as I read it, I just had a sense that there was something here…that God is wanting to caution me, is wanting to caution every one of us.

I mean, if you’re in a great place, you still need to know this. But if there’s somebody here that’s being sucked away, you need to wake up before you get too far down that road, and come back and realize what Satan is after! He will absolutely compromise your life and bring trouble that you can avoid!

But at this point, all David wants to do is make this go away! Cover it up! And so the plan he conceives is to bring Uriah, his good, faithful friend, back from the battle under the guise of bringing a report. And so anyway, “When Uriah came to him…” verse 7, “David asked him how Joab was, how the soldiers were and how the war was going.” (NIV).

You know, like that’s what he was about. Oh my, how many things do we do that are really a cover-up for what’s really going on in our lives? David was just play-acting. He didn’t care two cents about…I mean, yes he did, but that wasn’t the reason. He’s just trying to construct a nice, neat cover-up so that nobody could say different. So he asked all about that.

“Then David said to Uriah, Go down to your house and wash your feet.” So, of course, what he figures is Uriah will go down, spend the night with his wife, and everything will be cool, and everybody will think, well, that’s Uriah’s child. That’s the obvious thing that’s going on here.

“So Uriah left the palace, and a gift from the king was sent after him.” Oh, wasn’t David generous? Wasn’t he really being a great guy here? Oh how…what phonies we are! When we’ve got something driving us that isn’t right, we can play-act, we can put on a front, we can do 1,001 things that’s covering up what’s really going on in here. But how many of you think God’s stupid and doesn’t see any of that? Oh, I want to walk in the light.

( congregational response ).

I don’t want something to be between me and Him. I don’t want to be going some way and trying to hide and pretend. And God’s made a way that we can be real, if we will. But it’s a way of humbling. And David really had a fall coming, didn’t he?

So anyway, what happened? All this that he did for Uriah! “So Uriah left the palace, and a gift from the king was sent after him. But Uriah slept at the entrance to the palace with all his master’s servants and did not go down to his house.” Well, that didn’t work.

“When David was told, Uriah did not go home, he asked him, Haven’t you just come from a distance? Why didn’t you go home?” Listen to what this man said. And Uriah was a Hittite. This wasn’t even an Israelite. Somehow God had made real who He was, and he had become bonded, not only with Israel, but with David and with Israel’s God!

( congregational amens ).

Effectively, he’d become an Israelite. This was a man that was a wonderful man of God. I expect to meet him one day. I would have loved to have seen the conservation when the two of them got together after life was over, but I’m sure they got it straight.

( laughter ).

But anyway, so here’s Uriah…he, “…Said to David, the ark…” Isn’t that interesting that he puts that first? “The ark and Israel and Judah are staying in tents.” There’s such an identification of this man, such a man of conviction! I mean, here’s David wandering into a dangerous place spiritually, and here’s Uriah focused! He is absolutely one with what’s happening with his people and with the nation, to the point where he’s not gonna allow anything to turn him aside from that.

I’ll tell you, God will honor…even despite what happened to this man. Don’t you worry about him. He came out all right. God will honor him throughout eternity for that kind of a faithful spirit. So anyway, they, “…are camped in the open fields. How could I go to my house to eat and drink and lie with my wife? As surely as you live, I will not do such a thing!”

Okay, now we’re getting to a problem area here. David’s beginning to get a little bit desperate. He says, well, he’s got a conviction here. Somehow I’ve got to overcome that. How can I do that? I know, I’ll get him drunk. We’ll lower his inhibitions here, and he won’t even know what’s going on. He’ll just go ahead and do it. So, “Then David said to him, Stay here one more day, and tomorrow I will send you back. So Uriah remained in Jerusalem that day and the next. At David’s invitation, he ate and drank with him, and David made him drunk.”

This man of God…boy I’ll tell you what, you start down the wrong road and you start playing cover-up, there ain’t no end to that road! The devil will take you…well, it’s like, what is it Jimmy says? Sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you than you want to stay.

( congregational response ).

Yeah, cost you more than you want to pay, something like that. That’s exactly right. It’s a terrible thing to start down that kind of a road. So anyway, now David, this man after God’s own heart, David made him drunk! “But in the evening Uriah went out to sleep on his mat among his master’s servants; he did not go home.”

So even that didn’t work! He that covers his sins will not prosper. I’ll tell you, God was overseeing this situation. And the God who oversaw it, I’ll tell you, like I said, He will honor Uriah for this stand of faith. But anyway, now there’s nothing for it but to get rid of Uriah. “In the morning…” And remember who this is again! This is not some nameless, or heretofore nameless infantryman soldier. This was somebody that had been one of David’s most trusted men…stood with him through thick and thin. “In the morning David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it with Uriah.”

Now even that…you know, if you’re Uriah and you’re going back with a message, wouldn’t you like to peek? I mean, I think David at least knew that Uriah was such a man of conviction and conscience, that he would know not to even look at the message. This is private communication between David and his general. But he didn’t know what was in there, did he? It says, “In it he wrote, Put Uriah in the front line where the fighting is fiercest. Then withdraw from him so he will be struck down and die.”

Whew! It starts with a little consideration, a little flirtation, a little of this, a little of that, and next thing you know, all of a sudden he’s setting himself up for murder. “So while Joab had the city under siege, he put Uriah at a place where he knew the strongest defenders were. When the men of the city came out and fought against Joab, some of the men in David’s army fell; moreover, Uriah the Hittite died. Joab sent David a full account…” and so on.

He tells the messenger to not worry if the king gets upset because of the tactic he used. In other words, what he did was something he would not normally have done, but it was to accommodate the king’s request. We’ve got to get rid of Uriah, so in the process several men died. He tells the messenger if the king gets mad, just remind him…tell him about this battle, tell him about that. If he gets upset, just tell him Uriah is dead.

What a position for David to be in. Think about how he would be more concerned with Uriah being dead than he would be about the progress of the battle! So anyway, it comes down through the story, I don’t want to read it all. So he gives him that message and in verse 25, “David told the messenger, Say this to Joab: Don’t let this upset you; the sword devours one as well as another. Press the attack against the city and destroy it. Say this to encourage Joab.”

Oh Lord! Talk about hypocrisy, and the condition that he’d actually gotten into. Anybody ever been in that kind of a condition? I don’t mean you got…went out and committed murder. But I mean, you just got in a bad place and suddenly sin didn’t look like sin anymore. And you did this, and you did that, and then you reach a point and you look back and you say, oh my God! How could I have done what I did? How could I have thought the way I thought? But this is where David’s at at this point. He’s blind.

And so, “When Uriah’s wife heard that her husband was dead, she mourned for him. After the time of mourning was over, David had her brought to his house, and she became his wife and bore him a son.” So you’re not talking about a week or two here, are you? You’re talking about a spiritual condition that endured in David, obviously, for the entire term of this baby and now he’s got a young son. I don’t know how old, probably a toddler. But this is a year or two you’re talking about here, when he’s living in this state of spiritual blindness! You can tell that this is the kind of a message where everybody just shouts, and jumps, and says amen.

( congregational inaudible ).

Now there’s an amen at least. But thank God. But this is the truth, isn’t it?

( congregational response ).

And the thing is, there’s not one of us here who can look down on David and say, well, look at you. Every one of us needs to be looking in the mirror and saying, hey, I need to wake up. I need to be alert. I need to be on my guard, because I am not beyond the power of doing anything. If God’s servant, a man after His own heart, can be led down this pathway and wind up committing murder, folks, there is no depth to which a person cannot descend who starts down this path, and doesn’t stop and get honest.

So she bore him a son and up to this point, it’s just recounting what happened. “But the thing David had done displeased the Lord.”