Are you as tired of “fake news” as I am? In our present day of cover-ups, leaks, and deception, it is refreshing to rely on one source that faithfully proclaims truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. I am speaking of the infallible Word of God, of course, the world’s all-time bestseller that never sugarcoats or exaggerates reality, whether it is good, bad, or ugly.
For example, one might expect the X-rated escapades of the renowned King David to be eliminated from the biblical narrative because of his remorseful heart, but God allowed the king’s heinous sin to be exposed, recorded in Scripture, and judged. Bathsheba was a married woman and “off limits” to all but her husband, but that did not stop the king from pursuing her forbidden affections. The following passage describes the sordid details of David’s adulterous encounter:
“Then it happened in the spring, at the time when kings go out to battle, that David sent Joab and his servants with him and all Israel, and they destroyed the sons of Ammon and besieged Rabbah. But David stayed at Jerusalem.”
“2Now when evening came David arose from his bed and walked around on the roof of the king’s house, and from the roof he saw a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful in appearance. 3So David sent and inquired about the woman. And one said, “Is this not Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?” 4David sent messengers and took her, and when she came to him, he lay with her; and when she had purified herself from her uncleanness, she returned to her house. 5The woman conceived; and she sent and told David, and said, 'I am pregnant.'” 2 Sam 11:1-5
David’s unbridled lust resulted in the callous death of Bathsheba’s husband, Uriah, when he conspired against the faithful warrior in an unsuccessful attempt to conceal his wicked dalliance with the poor man’s wife. Can God forgive adultery? Can God forgive conniving lies? Can God forgive murder? Absolutely. However, forgiveness is always conditional on heartfelt repentance. God’s mercy transformed David from a man of the flesh to a man of the spirit. Once forgiven and restored to grace, the contrite ruler of Israel became a passionate worshiper once again, a man after God’s own heart.
Why is the shameful narrative of David and Bathsheba’s indiscretion included in the Bible? Quite simply, God uses the good, the bad, and the ugly to accomplish His purposes. He exposes sin for the evil it is, and then, following repentance, He mercifully expunges sin by His precious blood as though it never existed (Ps 103:12).
I boast of God’s amazing mercy with my “jail girls” nearly every week during Bible study at the county jail, reminding them that they have no rap sheet in heaven because of their repentant hearts and God’s forgiveness. Like David, these incarcerated women can walk in complete freedom and purity before God. Their conversion to Christianity marks the first step on their Pathway to the Throne Room. Hallelujah!
David’s story touches on the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of his life because God covers up nothing. Our lives are an open book before the Lord, and what we do in secret will eventually be made be known. Be sure you have nothing to hide from God’s all-seeing eyes.
“For nothing is hidden that will not become evident, nor anything secret that will not be known and come to light.” Luke 8:17
*If you would like to learn more about the pathway to holiness for your life, check out my Bible study/workbook, Pathway to the Throne Room – Embracing the Call to Worship, available from firstname.lastname@example.org. This book is suitable for personal or group study. (4 sessions, 70 pages, $10.00 – plus tax, shipping, and handling)