David’s Catastrophic Sin

Text: II Samuel 11:1-5
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: December 6, 2009

We have reached the sad turning point of II Samuel.

Up until now David has appeared to be the ideal king for God’s people.

Sadly, however, David acts like other kings by abusing his authority and taking the wife of another man.

Then he engages in more sin as he tries to cover his guilt.

The effects of David’s transgression continue throughout his lifetime and beyond.

This passage has at least a dual application to us.

First, David’s failure serves as a very practical warning against falling into temptation. His fall follows the pattern described in James 1:14-15 – from desire to action to death.

We should learn from David so that we will not become presumptuous or lax.

David’s failure also serves to point us to Christ. In the past David has served as a positive type of Christ. In this text, however, David is shown to be unworthy to be the king of His people.

A better man must come to fulfill the covenant and to reign in righteousness forever.


Posted on December 6th, 2009 | Permalink