Notes from the Journey with David – 75

75. At the time when kings go off to war (2 Samuel 11:1).
Much is typically made of David’s sin with Bathsheba starting when he wasn’t where he was supposed to be. But why did David stay home from battle? His recent victories had formed alliances and strength that perhaps he is relying too heavily upon. Bottom-line: He didn’t go to war because he didn’t think he needed to. But it’s hard to imagine a Middle Eastern kingdom to be so secure that kings can take a season off. David’s pride and inflated sense of his success not only has him at home, but also fuels his decision that he can have the wife of one of his men. David’s sin with Bathsheba didn’t start when he saw her in the bathtub. It started with the pride that changed how he approached his work as king.

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