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The Nature of Sin

2 Samuel 11:1-27




David’s reign took a big turn when he committed adultery with the wife of one of his most trusted soldiers, Uriah the Hittite. Today’s sermon will unpack the nature of David’s relationship with Uriah and his great sin before God. David immediately fell into lust as his eyes viewed the bathing Bathsheba. The iniquity of David showcases the danger of sin and how it occurs even in the lives of those who are after God’s heart. Through David’s shortcoming, we learn that past obedience is no guarantee for future obedience.


The fact that a man such as David could fall into the grasps of lust highlights the dangers of falling into complacency and depending on our own devices and achievements. The spiritual milestones we’ve experienced or the capabilities we’ve been given become a source of pride and ignorance towards God. It is crucial for the Christian to remember that victories over sin are achieved through God’s grace alone and that apart from God we can do nothing in the face of temptation and sin. At its core, man’s heart will gravitate towards sin and will always be able to make excuses and reasons for the sins that he or she has committed before God.



To justify sin is to deny outright that we have committed treason against God.

In this chapter, it is clear how David sunk deeper into his sin after committing adultery. He sent Uriah to the front lines of battle, and this attempt to cover up his sin shows that he initially resisted God’s voice of truth. As Christians, we should not ignore or disregard the voice of truth and rebuke that comes from God when we have sinned. The rebuke that God gives is out of His great love, patience, and steadfast love for his people. Therefore, when we have sinned, let us not quickly justify what we have done with excuses but rather repent of them before God.


David’s story exhibits how sin forms and grows if one does not turn away and repent immediately. The way that David responded to his initial great sin was very hypocritical, for he attempted to save face and hide the growth of sin in his heart. In other words, it was a progressive descent into spiritual darkness. David’s sin grew and hardened his heart against repentance.


By piecing together an image of how sin works from the story of David and Bathsheba, we can learn how sin destroys us and pulls us away from the peace and joy found in God. David believed that sin’s momentary pleasure would satisfy him, and he forgot that there was eternal and greater pleasure in the right hand of God (Ps.16:11). Therefore, let us not merely ponder on the sinfulness of sin but be vigilant and watchful like Uriah who slept at the door knowing that his brothers are at the front lines risking their lives to protect Israel.


Above all, remember that the grasp of sin on our hearts weakens when we hold on to the sweet promises of God and find the abundant joy and pleasure in Him as we obediently carry out His will.

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