"But the thing that David had done was evil in the sight of the Lord."
II Samuel 11: 27
"David's Deed Was Evil'"
"Men loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil."
John 3: 19
After looking at David's behavior, what evil inclinations do I recognize in my own life?
"Know what is evil, no matter how worshipped it may be. Let the man of sense not mistake it even when clothed in brocade or at times crowned in gold, because it cannot thereby hide its hypocrisy."
Baltasar Gracian y Morales
"We cannot do evil to others without doing it to ourselves."
If there's anything I find frustrating, it is watching a news program and listening to politicians, no matter what party affiliation, evade the direct answer, "Yes or No," just like a boxer weaving in the ring in order to miss a jab directed toward their head.
I have no appreciation for those who "hem and haw" when a simple "yes" or "no," would suffice. In a world where no one wants to give a clear, unequivocal answer, it is edifying to read a passage like our text today.
This was not a time for beating around the bush, instead, in direct language, the Scripture tells us that David's antics, his behavior, displeased God. If David had wanted to try and weasel-out of his actions, he couldn't for God laid the responsibility on David's doorstep when we are told, "the thing that David had done was evil." In simple words, "David did evil," period. God wasn't going to whitewash David's behavior, nor was He indifferent to what David had done. As Abraham Jeschel penned, "Indifference to evil is more insidious than evil itself, it is more universal, more contagious, more dangerous." While David may have been wiping his brow thinking he had slidden by and gotten away with something, God did not stand idly by and let David's conduct go unnoticed.
It was Cicero who stated, "we do more harm by our evil example than by our actual sin." In the case of King David, he had a large field of influence. It wasn't only his family who felt the impact of what he did, but an entire nation was affected and God would not ignore David's sin.
The fact that the Bible pointedly declares that God was displeased with David's actions should open up a window on heaven's illuminating beacon of light. Often it seems, certain individuals get away with the most horrendous activities. I know that in my own life, I've repeatedly had to watch several people walk away, seemingly unscathed, from a wake of destruction which has been heaped on the innocent around them. In David's case, this is what, at first glance, appeared to happen. David looked as though he would "get away with murder," when in fact, he did no such thing. Author H. P. Liddon wrote, "The essence of evil is to think of oneself and of other people simply as perishable by-products of an impersonal nature and to live accordingly." This is truly how David acted toward both Bathsheba and Uriah. They were pawns to be used. However, Mr. Liddon continues by giving us a glimpse into the nature of good when he further says "the essence of good is to think of oneself and others as children of the Father, God, and to live accordingly." Just think how different our lives would be if we always chose to live under our Father's canopy of good and treated each other accordingly.
"Avoid the evil, and it will avoid thee."
The Goodness of God
"O immeasurable goodness of our Creator! O inestimable mercy! Himself in nothing ever needing man yet of His goodness alone He created man; creating He adorned him with reason, that he might be able to be partaker of His happiness and His eternity, and so with Him possess forever joy and gladness.
Still further, while man in many things is contrary to Him, knowing and willfully doeth many things although they are displeasing to Him yet He warneth him to return, to seek again the mercy of his Creator, nor for any sin, however grievous, presumed to despair. For He is the fountain of lovingkindness and mercy, and all, with whatever stain of sin they are defiled, He longeth to cleanse; cleansed, to give them the joy of everlasting life."
Dorothy Valcàrcel, Author
When A Woman Meets Jesus
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