The Day King David Adulterated Holy Marriage
Midweek Lent 3
11 March 2015
Catechetical Sermon Series: The Ten Commandments
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2 Samuel 11:1-5/ Commandment 6
Through the Sixth Commandment the Lord categorically and explicitly declares: “You shall not commit adultery.” Did you hear that? God’s not talking to the pews, the carpet or the walls. He’s talking to YOU! “YOU shall not commit adultery.” That means that you should fear and love God (fear and love takes you back to the First Commandment) – fear and love God so that you lead a sexually pure and decent life in what you say and do.
Anything that adulterates marriage God forbids. Everything that enhances faithfulness and love between a husband and a wife in holy marriage is what God wants practiced. And that’s for you and your neighbor’s earthly good. Really it is!
Here’s another newsflash everyone. Hang on tight. I know it’s going to blow your mind and rock your world. Here it is: Sex is not for single people like in The Big Bang Theory. Instead, sex is a profoundly delightful gift from God for a man and woman to use properly in the estate of holy marriage. Let me say it this way: Sex is for a married couple – a man and a woman. A one-flesh union! As Scripture teaches based upon God’s “very good” from-the-beginning-institution of holy marriage in Genesis with Adam and Eve: “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife and they will become one flesh,” (Genesis 2:24).
And what does King David, of all people, do? The man after God’s own heart? (1 Samuel 13:14) He sins! Blatantly. Unrepentantly. He flat out adulterates marriage. Sixth Commandment? He’s going to blow that off. Why? Well, he spies Bathsheba bathing. She’s very beautiful. Stunning. Quite the hottie! Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue model, Scarlet Johansson or Jennifer Lawrence lovely. And King David wants her. Lusts for her.
Bathsheba is married to Uriah, one of David’s royal guards. David doesn’t care. The Tenth Commandment? He could care less. Bathsheba is the daughter of Eliam, one of the king’s personal bodyguards. David doesn’t give a rip. He will have her. She’s all he can think about. Can’t get her out of his mind. He’s the king – by George! And kings get what they want! No matter who he hurts. No matter who he sins against. He has a desire. He will fulfill his desire!
So he sends his royal “messengers to get her.” “Sneak her in the back door of the mansion boys. Bring her to my royal bedchamber. Light the candles. Turn on the easy listening music. A little aroma therapy. Pull down the sheets. Tell her to put on something very comfortable, if you know what I mean! Put the Do Not Disturb sign on the doorknob when you leave.” And then, matter of factly and as soon as you can say “Bob’s your uncle,” she “came to him and he slept with her.”
There’s no spinning this. No excusing the adultery by saying that David and Bathsheba “love” each other. There’s no justifying the adultery by saying that what people do in the privacy of their own bedroom is nobody’s business. The one night stand that David and Bathsheba have IS ADULTERY. It is not God pleasing! Adultery is a sin against God and against your own body! Adultery adulterates holy marriage. Corrupts it. Wrecks lives. Destroys families. Ruins reputations. Proverbs 6:32 wisely warns, “A man who commits adultery lacks judgment; whoever does so destroys himself,” that is, to say, “destroys his own soul.”
And yet David does it! Lacks total judgment. Puts his life before God in serious spiritual jeopardy. Lives only for himself. Exists only by his own words: “I want her! Go get her and bring her to me!” As if his words are better than the words of the Lord: “You shall not commit adultery.”
How about you? Have you pulled a King David? Adulterated your marriage? Abused the gift of sex outside of holy marriage? Putting your words above the Lord’s? Broken the Sixth Commandment and therefore the First Commandment?
Before you answer those questions, you’d better hear some more of the Lord’s words. From Matthew 5:27-28. Jesus categorically declares: “You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”
So you have pulled a King David! No one is excluded. All have broken the Sixth Commandment. You break the commandment not only with your deeds, but also with the thoughts of your mind, the lust of the eyes, and the desires of the heart.
And for such Sixth Commandment sinners Jesus comes and lords His forgiveness over you. His divine forgiveness that comes from His Good Friday suffering and dying. Suffering and dying with all sin of every sinner in His Body as it hangs on the tree. Numbered with the transgressors He is! Truly! Totally. So that “He who knew no sin was made to be sin” (2 Corinthians 5). Bearing every unfaithfulness and all adulteries. David’s. Yours. The world’s. Even the adulteries and all the unfaithfulness that was committed against you! Becoming maximum sinner! The biggest adulterer. All sin is His on the cross. To answer for. To atone for.
So, I’m here to tell you tonight what God’s will is for you. It’s this: that He wills your forgiveness in Christ — that your sin, all sin, especially the Sixth Commandment sin doesn’t belong to you anymore. Why? Because Jesus took it. He was cursed and damned with it when darkness came over all the land and He cried out from the cross, “My God, my God, why have your forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46) Listen! The Lord has taken away your sin! He doesn’t count it against you at all. You are forgiven.
And with such Good Friday forgiveness you are content to be a true human being who is content to live as a creature in the estate of holy marriage the way God created it. To enjoy the gift of a sexual relationship only in holy marriage, not adulterating it. In other words, the Creator who died on the cross for you has good use for you His redeemed. You are given to fear and love God so that you lead a sexually pure and decent life in what you say and do. And husband and wife love and honor each other in the estate of holy marriage as you live by faith in Jesus and fervent love toward one another. That’s precisely what you want to do, right? Of course!
In the Name of Jesus.