“And David sent and enquired after the woman. And one said, Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?” (2 Sam. 11:3).
Position. Like many other words, this word takes on several meanings. One definition is a “condition with reference to place, location, or situation”. Another definition is a “status or standing”. A third definition is “ a post of employment”. The last definition is “a bodily posture or attitude or mental attitude”. In reference to our study for today, we have to determine which definition best suits our purpose in terms of Kingdom living.
Understanding The Text
In understanding the text, we realize that the text begins with an important statement in verse 1. The text reads that, “…at the time when kings go forth to battle, that David sent Joab…” (v. 1). Then as we continue to read, we notice “…that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king’s house…” (v. 2). At first glance, we may wonder, “What’s wrong with this picture”? David was resting. Nothing wrong there. He arose from his rest and went to his roof. Nothing wrong here either. He wanted some fresh air. This all appears to be innocent. So what is the problem?
The first problem is that the word, position, comes into play at this juncture. First, in David’s position as king (third definition mentioned above), he is not in the right position (first definition mentioned above). In fact, as the king, David should be in the battle with Joab and the armies of Israel (v. 1). So, according to the text, David is not in the proper position for his position. In other words, David is in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Similarly, the second problem is that the word, position, comes into play again. When David went onto his roof, “…he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon…” (v. 2). He inquires about the young woman and one of his servants tells her name to the king (v. 3). Upon learning who the young woman was, David should have left off from pursuing the matter. However, David does not concern himself about what he learns and allows his desire to consume him (fourth definition mentioned above). In spite of this, he must have this young woman (v. 4).
In addition to this, David’s action also causes a third problem. In engaging in an adulterous relationship with this young woman, David sinned against God. Furthermore, these few moments of sensual pleasure affected his position (third definition mentioned above) with God. In the next chapter, Nathan the prophet confronts David concerning this. As a result of the confrontation, David repents and God restores David into a right position with Him. However, his actions will have long-lasting consequences within his life, his family, and the entire nation of Israel.
Why Is This Important To Us?
This is important to us because we have liberty as the sons and daughters of God in Christ (1 Cor. 8:9; Gal. 5:1). However, our position as sons and daughters of God does not give us the permission nor right to use this position in a manner that reflects badly upon our Heavenly Father and His Kingdom Agenda. For this reason, we must exercise godly discretion in our decision making and in every area of our lives. As noted in David’s situation, our actions can have negative, long-lasting effects upon ourselves and others directly and indirectly connected to us. As a consequence, some of these breaches in the relationships will never be repaired. In addition, the ones that are repaired will never be the same as a result of the potential damage stemming from our actions.
In consideration of this, we cannot be selfish in our decision making. One thing we must remember is that with position comes responsibility. Not to mention, in the Kingdom of God, every single decision we make, every action we take, and every word we say will have an impact on ourselves and others. In essence, what we must take into consideration is, “What is my desired outcome? How will my decision, actions, and words affect others? Is the potential outcome worth it?”.
Sean Mungin, author of “The Thorn In The Flesh”