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Six Things The Lord Hates, Part IV

These six things the Lord hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him: a heart that devises wicked plans. Proverbs 6:18

    King David was a man after God's own heart, the sweet Psalmist of Israel and mighty warrior who conquered thousands upon thousands of his enemies. David had supplanted Saul as king over all of Israel and was one of the greatest of all the mighty men of God, even killing the giant Goliath and defeating the Philistines, a formidable task indeed which made him one of the greatest military commanders of all time.

    David, although a great and mighty man of God had a dark side as we all do, able to devise wicked plans as we are tempted and give in to the lies of our enemy the devil. David had decided to stay back one year from battle, probably exhausted and worn out from all the wars and conflicts with his enemies and with Saul. One night he went out on his balcony and gazed upon his beautiful neighbor's wife, Bathsheba, being king, David had his choice of any woman he wanted, although within the confines of the Jewish law, a wife or a concubine. (Note: Actually a king was supposed to have only one wife.)

    Without hesitancy or conviction David had her brought to his bed chamber and slept with her. After a few weeks he got the news that she was pregnant and so he devised a wicked scheme to bring her husband Uriah off the battlefield and have him sleep with his wife and all would be swept under the proverbial carpet or so he thought, problem being, Uriah was a better man than David and refused to go because his companions were dying on the field of battle. When the plan failed David finally wrote an order to his commander and said to put Uriah in the heat of battle and withdraw from him, allowing the enemy to kill him, and so it was, Uriah was dead.

    To make a long story short David had Bathsheba brought in to the palace and after her time of mourning was over married her, thinking every thing was alright, but it wasn't and David was about to be exposed by the Holy Spirit through the prophet Nathan. Nathan exposed his deeds and David fell to his knees and repented and God forgave him, but just because we are forgiven, even of such heinous acts such as David committed, there are consequences that can follow us to the grave as they did David!

    Why have you despised the commandment of the Lord, to do evil in His sight? You have killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword; you have taken his wife to be your wife, and have killed him with the sword of the people of Ammon. 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. II Samuel 12:9,10

Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin