Warning Signs | Don't Sin Willingly, Day 2
2 Samuel 11:2-12:19
We must fight against being influenced by sin, that it might not multiply in our lives, but instead seek to honor and glorify God.
Verse of the Day
And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Hebrews 10:10 ESV
When was a time you observed the sin of another person and removed yourself from the situation to not become involved?
When was a time you observed the sin of another person but did not remove yourself and became involved and were guilty of further sin yourself?
Do you usually sin just one time, or would you say that most of the time one sin leads to another? Why do you think it happens that way?
What are some things you can do to avoid the multiplication of sin in your life?
We all face times when we might be influenced by the sin of another person. In these moments, we may choose to remove ourselves to avoid sinning personally or we may give into the influence of the moment and join the sin of another. The latter was the case in today’s passage. In our study we will consider the wrong response to the influence of sin and the right response.
Read 2 Samuel 11:2-5
'It happened, late one afternoon, when David arose from his couch and was walking on the roof of the king’s house, that he saw from the roof a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful. And David sent and inquired about the woman. And one said, “Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?” So David sent messengers and took her, and she came to him, and he lay with her. ( Now she had been purifying herself from her uncleanness.) Then she returned to her house. And the woman conceived, and she sent and told David, “I am pregnant.” ' 2 Samuel 11:2-5 ESV
What could David have done to avoid his initial sin?
How did David’s initial sin snowball into deeper sin, and what immediate consequences did that sin have?
Does our sin tend to start small and snowball as well? How does this affect our faith?
When we fail to resist temptation we give in to sin. When we allow sin to fester and fail to bring it to God it will have a snowball effect.
We need constant repentance in order to rest in the power Jesus has over our sin. We have no power over it on our own.
Read 2 Samuel 11:14-21
'In the letter he wrote, “Set Uriah in the forefront of the hardest fighting, and then draw back from him, that he may be struck down, and die.” In the morning David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it by the hand of Uriah. And as Joab was besieging the city, he assigned Uriah to the place where he knew there were valiant men. And the men of the city came out and fought with Joab, and some of the servants of David among the people fell. Uriah the Hittite also died. Then Joab sent and told David all the news about the fighting. And he instructed the messenger, “When you have finished telling all the news about the fighting to the king, then, if the king’s anger rises, and if he says to you, ‘Why did you go so near the city to fight? Did you not know that they would shoot from the wall? Who killed Abimelech the son of Jerubbesheth? Did not a woman cast an upper millstone on him from the wall, so that he died at Thebez? Why did you go so near the wall?’ then you shall say, ‘Your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead also.’” ' 2 Samuel 11:14-21 ESV
How did David attempt to “fix” the consequences of his sin on his own?
David got others involved to kill Uriah, the husband of the woman he’d gotten pregnant, and led them into sin themselves instead of owning up to his sin and taking the personal consequences head-on.
Not only did this lead to Uriah dying, but it led others into sin and more people being killed.
Read 2 Samuel 12:1-14
'And the Lord sent Nathan to David. He came to him and said to him, “There were two men in a certain city, the one rich and the other poor. The rich man had very many flocks and herds, but the poor man had nothing but one little ewe lamb, which he had bought. And he brought it up, and it grew up with him and with his children. It used to eat of his morsel and drink from his cup and lie in his arms, and it was like a daughter to him. Now there came a traveler to the rich man, and he was unwilling to take one of his own flock or herd to prepare for the guest who had come to him, but he took the poor man’s lamb and prepared it for the man who had come to him.” Then David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man, and he said to Nathan, “As the Lord lives, the man who has done this deserves to die, and he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.” Nathan said to David, “You are the man! Thus says the Lord , the God of Israel, ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you out of the hand of Saul. And I gave you your master’s house and your master’s wives into your arms and gave you the house of Israel and of Judah. And if this were too little, I would add to you as much more. Why have you despised the word of the Lord , to do what is evil in his sight? You have struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and have taken his wife to be your wife and have killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. Now therefore the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised me and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.’ Thus says the Lord, ‘Behold, I will raise up evil against you out of your own house. And I will take your wives before your eyes and give them to your neighbor, and he shall lie with your wives in the sight of this sun. For you did it secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel and before the sun.’” David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” And Nathan said to David, “The Lord also has put away your sin; you shall not die. Nevertheless, because by this deed you have utterly scorned the Lord, the child who is born to you shall die.” 2 Samuel 12:1-14 ESV
How is Nathan an example of how we should respond when we see someone sinning?
We should take it to God and trust God to guide us in reproaching a brother or sister in Christ when we see them going astray.
Helping to hold one another accountable for our sin in brotherly love is an essential part of fellowship. We must remind one another of how God calls on us to live, and not be afraid to call out sin when we see it.
Are the consequences of our sin always personal or immediate?
Sin will not always affect us personally. We never know when or how our sin will affect others.
We should consider the cost of our sins not only on our own behalf or for their perceived immediate consequences.
Not all sin consequences are immediate. Oftentimes we will face the consequences much later, and they may be very different than we expected or imagined.
Read 2 Samuel 12:15-19
'Then Nathan went to his house. And the Lord afflicted the child that Uriah’s wife bore to David, and he became sick. David therefore sought God on behalf of the child. And David fasted and went in and lay all night on the ground. And the elders of his house stood beside him, to raise him from the ground, but he would not, nor did he eat food with them. On the seventh day the child died. And the servants of David were afraid to tell him that the child was dead, for they said, “Behold, while the child was yet alive, we spoke to him, and he did not listen to us. How then can we say to him the child is dead? He may do himself some harm.” But when David saw that his servants were whispering together, David understood that the child was dead. And David said to his servants, “Is the child dead?” They said, “He is dead.” ' 2 Samuel 12:15-19 ESV
Are we still responsible for the consequences of sin once we’ve repented?
Repentance means you have a change of heart and habit away from sin toward God.
When we seek repentance, God forgives us of our sins but the consequences do not vanish.
Even when you think no one knows about your sin it is important to know that God knows all and will judge all, but He will also forgive all who earnestly repent.
'But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.' James 1:14-15 NKJV
Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Matthew 26:41 NKJV
How does dependence on God change the way we respond to sin compared to when we depend on ourselves? How have you seen this truth play out in your own life?
As we depend on God more, learn more about Him through His Word, prayer and fellowship, we should be growing stronger against the temptation of sin as well as in exhorting one another.
When we rely on ourselves, we will mess things up every single time.
But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26 ESV
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, Romans 3:23 ESV
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23 ESV
What does it mean to multiply sin? Does this type of multiplication simply happen to you, or do you have some choice and responsibility in the matter? Explain.
Our solutions to our sins are like gasoline to a fire; we think we are fixing the problem, but we are fueling the fire and it is burning us more, spreading into other areas of our lives, and even to other people in our lives. Eventually, we will run out of gasoline and have to recognize that God is the only fire extinguisher to our sin.
Sin occurs when we allow temptation to spark into a flame, and it spreads when we fail to repent and extinguish it immediately.
Much like a fire still burns what it’s touched even while it has been extinguished, our sin still has consequences after we’ve repented of it.
The faster we put out the fire, the less damage sin has caused.
We have a responsibility to resist temptation, and when we fail this we have yet another responsibility to give our sin to God in repentance and extinguish the sin, but also to take whatever consequences come from our sins.
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 NKJV
if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 1 Chronicles 7:14 NKJV
Where do you need to seek renewed dependence on God and the ability to fight sin this week?
How does multiplying or killing sin affect the different relationships in our lives?
Thank God that He has not left us in our shame, but has covered our sins by the blood of Jesus. Invite Him to multiply spiritual fruitfulness in His Church and make Her a light in the darkness.