2 Samuel 11:1-12:15
King David has been a very godly example for us, but even he made mistakes. One spring when the warriors went out to war, David decided to stay home and let Joab lead. While in Jerusalem, he saw a beautiful woman named Bathsheba and decided he wanted her for his wife. However there was one problem; she was already married to Uriah, who was a soldier in David’s army! Deciding to get her any way, David sent word to Joab to put Uriah in a situation where he would surely be killed. Joab obeyed. Uriah died and, after a period of mourning, David married Bathsheba. Soon after they had a son.
After the birth of their son, Nathan, the prophet came and told David a parable. Nathan told David that there were two men. One was poor and only had a single lamb, while the other was wealthy and had flocks of lambs. When a traveler came to visit the rich man, he selfishly took the poor man’s only lamb for the feast instead of one of his own lambs.
King David was furious and proclaimed the rich man should pay back the poor man four times what he took. Nathan replied, “You are this man!” Nathan reminded David of all the many blessing the Lord had given him, which included several wives. David had selfishly taken everything from Uriah. Nathan explained the Lord’s punishment would be the death of David and Bathsheba’s son and that someone in David’s household would rebel against David in the future.
David had coveted Uriah’s wife. That means he wanted something that belonged to someone else. The Ten Commandments tell us that this is a sin. We are called to be content with what we have. It is okay to want things but not when they belong to someone else, or when we want them so badly we sin to get them. More things don’t bring us happiness, God does!
Make a list of 5 things you would like to have. Then discuss your motivation about each thing. Are you tempted to sin to get it? Will you be content if you don’t? If you have the wrong answers pray for God to give you the right attitude!