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You Can't Fool God
01/06/2008
Scripture: 2 Samuel 11:14-27; Psalms 32:1-4; Psalms...
Track 14 of 19 in the David: A Man After God's Heart series


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Mike Nobis Speaker: Mike Nobis
Sunday School Teacher, Former Elder at Madison Park Christian Church. Mike is President of JK Creative Printers & Mailing in Quincy, IL. He is married to Pam and has three children, Tom, Tyler and Jennifer. Mike has three grandchildren: Ryne, Ivy and Alicia.

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We might be able to fool people around us getting them to think we are someone when in reality we are someone else. We might be able to hide our sins from others and think we got away with doing something sinful and not get caught. But when it comes to hiding things from God, that is impossible. Too often when we sin and try to cover it up, we concentrate on fooling others around us forgetting that the one who really counts is not fooled at all. God see all, knows all things and when it comes to hiding sin, God knows what we did and holds us accountable for doing them.

David forgot that God was watching his actions with Bathsheba. David tried to remedy the situation that Bathsheba was pregnant with his child. His plan to bring Uriah back to sleep with his wife to make it look as though it was Uriahís child and not his, failed. Unfortunately for David, Uriah was an honorable man and devoted soldier. He refused to go home and sleep with his wife which David and Bathsheba had hoped he would do. Now David had come up with another plan.

We live in a society where sin is no longer sin but it is now called something else to make it sound better? What are some of the examples of outright sin but are dressed up to look like something acceptable?

"Sexual preference" may be the least judgmental words ever created. "Sexually active" are two others. One might inquire of a sexually active person, "What's the difference between being 'sexually active' and what my mother used to call a 'fornicator?' " Fornication is defined as "human sexual intercourse other than between a man and his wife, or sexual intercourse between a spouse and an unmarried person." Isn't this what we mean by "sexually active"? Then why not say so. Cal Thomas, Christian Reader, Vol. 31

You get tremendous insights into a person's motivations and problems by what they want to hide. Fred Smith, Leadership, Vol. 2, no. 4.

From what David tried to hide, what can we say about David and his motivations at this point in his life? What are you trying to hide? What motivations donít you want others to know you have?

You might be able to fool others but you canít fool God. Some might be good at fooling others and escaping for a season the consequences, but over time the consequences do come and God is not fooled. He still holds you accountable for your unconfessed sins and does not spare you from the consequences. The consequences of sin do not come from God; they are the product of our own making. So the next time the consequences of sin come crashing down on you, donít look at God and blame him for the results because you are the one responsible for the mess you created. David learned this lesson the hard way and what is real unfortunate, others had to pay a terrible price so David could learn a lesson.

2 Samuel 11:14-15 In the morning David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it with Uriah. In it he wrote, ďPut Uriah in the front line where the fighting is fiercest. Then withdraw from him so he will be struck down and die.Ē

Joab was no fool. David not only forgot that God couldnít be fooled; he also forgot that others are quick to figure out sin as well. Joab was one of those persons. Unfortunately for David, his next plan to fix the Bathsheba problem was figured out by Joab very quickly.

2 Samuel 11:16-17 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 Davidís army fell; moreover, Uriah the Hittite died.

From this event, Joab will now own David and will be able to blackmail him any time he needs to. We see right off that Joab uses his new power to do what he wanted. It was Davidís intention that only Uriah die. David instructed Joab to have the men withdraw causing Uriah alone to die. But that is not what Joab did. He had a group of soldiers including Uriah attack the strongest portion of the enemyís defenses causing not only Uriah to die but other soldiers as well. Additional innocent men died as well as Uriah to cover up Davidís sin.

Why does Joab change the plan? Why sacrifice several men other than just Uriah? Joab had to follow orders but he covered his own situation so it didnít look as though Joab intentionally had Uriah killed. What was David going to do about it anyway?

2 Samuel 11:18, 22-24 Joab sent David a full account of the battle. The messenger set out, and when he arrived he told David everything Joab had sent him to say. The messenger said to David, ďThe men overpowered us and came out against us in the open, but we drove them back to the entrance to the city gate. Then the archers shot arrows at your servants from the wall, and some of the kingís men died. Moreover, your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead.Ē

David heard everything he wanted to hear. Yes, Joab disobeyed orders but in the end, Uriah was dead and that was the main objective. I donít know about you but this plan to kill Uriah always bothered me.It might sound simple but why in the world did David have Uriah killed? What did he gain by it?

Most people when they panic over a sin they committed rarely think logically. In fact, most donít think but react. Once the cover up starts, lie after lie covers other lies until the person drowns in lies. Eventually the lie will be exposed and all the ugly facts comes to light exposing the darkness that ruled when honesty was the correct action.

2 Samuel 11:26-27 When Uriahís 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. But the thing David had done displeased the LORD.

For David, he thinks he is free and can now move on in life. But he is sadly mistaken. He records for us what was going on in his life while this ugly sin went unconfessed.

Psalms 32:3-4 When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer.

Psalms 51:3-4 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge.

I donít know how many people actually knew Davidís secret. There were some who were involved in Davidís sin that kept silent and didnít reveal the wickedness of David and Bathsheba. But others did know some or all of the sin. For the better part of a year the secret was kept and all during that time David was miserable. God makes a marvelous move; He brings before David a man of great integrity, a man who tells David the truth. To reveal the truth that was about David was going to require a man who could not be doubted if David were to defend his sin. God brought the prophet Nathan to give David the truth.

The message was very simple. Through the prophet God spoke 4 three letter words: You are the man! When David heard those words, he crumbled in humility and was totally exposed. I think that as David was crumbling, a fresh gush of relief came over his life. Finally the secret was out and David could now deal with it. What is fascinating about this event is what David wrote about it:

Psalms 32:1-2 Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the LORD does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit.

Who wrote this Psalm and when was it written? In what dispensation of time was this written and under what covenant?

Today, you and I understand what this means but for David and the Jews who lived under a different law, there would have been a different understanding. What was the penalty for committing adultery and murder? But it was David who would be he first to live and share with the nation Israel what forgiveness and grace was all about. SLIDE 10: When we look at the Old Testament, we see basically three great mountains peaks of time (Moses, David, Jesus). All three have something in common. Their lives revealed the relationship between man and God. Moses: Revealed relationship through the law. David: Revealed relationship of grace and forgiveness. Jesus: Restored relationship with grace and forgiveness.

2 Samuel 12:1 The LORD sent Nathan to David.

God has a long track record confronting man with his sin. God is a God of great timing. When confronting sin, timing is key and God always timed things perfectly. For me, when things are done wrong, I have the tendency to move quick and let my emotions do their thing. But with God, he uses time many times to let the consequences do their work to make things right for confrontation. God is patient and always works when things are best. In Davidís case, God allowed the guilt of sin make David right for the confrontation He had planned for David.

2 Samuel 12:1-4 When he came to him, he said, ďThere were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor. The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle, but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him. ďNow a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who had come to him.Ē

When a person becomes unaccountable, becomes powerful, what is the greatest danger? Who will hold that person accountable? Who will tell the truth against the powerful?

When God tells Nathan that he is the one who is going to tell David of his sin, what do you think went through Nathanís mind? Do you think Nathan first learned of Davidís sin from God?

When confrontation comes from God using his timing, the way is prepared. In that vulnerable, unguarded moment, David stuck his whole head in the noose. All Nathan had to do was give it a pull. That is exactly what Nathan did.

2 Samuel 12:5-7 David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, ďAs surely as the LORD lives, the man who did this deserves to die! He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity.Ē Then Nathan said to David, ďYou are the man!

I can just see the scene described here; even though scripture doesnít say it, Davidís jaw must have hit the floor at those 4 words. He probably just stared at Nathan as the words were said. Not only did he not suspect that anyone knew what he had done, certainly he didnít expect anyone like Nathan, his trusted prophet, to ever confront him about it. Before David could even think about offering an excuse or defend his honor.

2 Samuel 13-14 Then David said to Nathan, ďI have sinned against the LORD.Ē Nathan replied, ďThe LORD has taken away your sin. You are not going to die. But because by doing this you have made the enemies of the LORD show utter contempt, the son born to you will die.Ē

Did God break his own Law when David confessed to his sins and God forgave him for adultery, lying about the sin, murdering Uriah and stealing Uriahís wife? What is the penalty for adultery? What is the penalty for murder? Did God break his own law?

Romans 3:21-25 But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood.

How does this passage of scripture justify why David didnít face death through the law that was found in the Law of Moses? The law required a death for those sins, where is the death? Davidís son, an innocent baby dies for the guilty. Do you see a pattern here?

In every instance when relationship was established with God where sin was involved, death was called for, death was required. When Moses introduced the law, a death was required (innocent lamb, no blemish was sacrificed). With Jesus, the same was true; Jesus was the Lamb that was sacrificed, no sin, perfect and innocent. With David, there was no difference. A perfect, innocent lamb had to be sacrificed, Davidís sin required death. Davidís son was the atonement for his sin. Always when God dealt with the sin of man, a substitute, an innocent substitute was sacrificed in place of the one who really deserved death.