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2 Samuel 12:1-23
And the LORD sent Nathan unto David. And he came unto him, and said unto him, there were two men in one city; the one rich, and the other poor. The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds: But the poor man had nothing, save one little ewe lamb, which he had bought and nourished up: and it grew up together with him, and with his children; it did eat of his own meat, and drank of his own cup, and lay in his bosom, and was unto him as a daughter.

And there came a traveller unto the rich man, and he spared to take of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress for the wayfaring man that was come unto him; but took the poor man's lamb, and dressed it for the man that was come to him. And David's anger was greatly kindled against the man; and he said to Nathan, as the LORD liveth, the man that hath done this thing shall surely die: And he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity. And Nathan said to David, thou art the man. 

Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul; And I gave thee thy master's house, and thy master's wives into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things. Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in his sight? Thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon.

Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; Because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife. Thus saith the LORD, behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbor, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun.

For thou didst it secretly: But I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun. And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto David, the LORD also hath put away thy sin; Thou shalt not die. Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die. And Nathan departed unto his house. 

And the LORD struck the child that Uriah's wife bare unto David, and it was very sick. David therefore besought God for the child; and David fasted, and went in, and lay all night upon the earth.
And the elders of his house arose, and went to him, to raise him up from the earth: But he would not, neither did he eat bread with them. And it came to pass on the seventh day, that the child died. And the servants of David feared to tell him that the child was dead: For they said, behold, while the child was yet alive, we spake unto him, and he would not hearken unto our voice: How will he then vex himself, if we tell him that the child is dead?

But when David saw that his servants whispered, David perceived that the child was dead: Therefore David said unto his servants, is the child dead? And they said, he is dead. Then David arose from the earth, and washed, and anointed himself, and changed his apparel, and came into the house of the LORD, and worshiped: Then he came to his own house; And when he required, they set bread before him, and he did eat. Then said his servants unto him, what thing is this that thou hast done? Thou didst fast and weep for the child, while it was alive; But when the child was dead, thou didst rise and eat bread. And he said, while the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept: For I said, who can tell whether GOD will be gracious to me, that the child may live? But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.
Death, incest, murder, deceit and rebellion all because of a foolish king. King being the operative word here. A king is someone who has power and authority, consequently any and everything that he desires within the framework of the commandments of God is his for the asking.

A problem arises when a king or ruler, or any human being for that matter, goes outside of the boundaries of what is right in the eyes of the Lord and proceeds in his own will, disregarding the holy will of the Creator. 

Innately, we all know the difference between right and wrong, and we cross those barriers at great cost to ourselves and those connected to us. 

When we sin against God we open the doors of destruction, into the very heart of our lives, to Satan and all his demons, who will march in and tear our lives apart because our sin and falling away from the righteousness of God gave them permission to enter therein. It is the natural consequences of spiritual decay, immorality, or inexplicable stupidity.

What we have here is a foolish king who acted inexplicably stupid by taking Uriah's wife as his own. Inexplicable because he already had a house full of wives, and he could have chosen another house full of wives, no doubt, if he so desired, women that were not already married to other men, thereby avoiding breaking the commandment of God by committing adultery, which led to murder; probably in an effort to keep Uriah's wife from being stoned to death for adultery, once she found herself with child, while her husband was away in a war against the Ammonites. 

There could have been no other explanation for her pregnancy, which is why King David brought Uriah home from the war in a plot to get him to lie with his wife to cover up the fact that she was with child by a temporarily stupid king. I suppose the child then would have been declared premature and Uriah had a possibility of being the father, but the only thing with that is that Uriah, being a good soldier, refused to go home and lie with his wife while his comrades were still on the battlefront. 

(2 Samuel 11:11)
And Uriah said unto David, The ark, and Israel, and Judah, abide in tents; and my lord Joab, and the servants of my lord, are encamped in the open fields; shall I then go into mine house, to eat and drink, and to lie with my wife? As thou livest, and as thy soul liveth, I will not do this thing.

What we have here is an honorable man talking to a dishonorable man, a king who has committed adultery with Uriah's wife, trying to get this same Uriah to help him cover up his adultery; a mess multiplied by brazenness.

King David's first thought was not to kill Uriah so that he could have Bathsheba for himself, but to send Uriah home to lie with his wife to get him off the sin hook.

Adultery is sexual curiosity, boredom, or unhappiness, which leads to destruction on so many levels. The price exacted by the Lord will never be worth the pleasure of sin for a season. Stupid sin is usually seasonal because as time passes, and you when find yourself possessing the thing you sinned to obtain, it will eventually lose it's luster, and you will shortly discover that Satan has made an utter fool out of you.
No doubt, if Uriah had gone along with King David's plan, though unknown to him, King David would not have found it necessary to have him murdered, and the king would not have had yet another wife that he did not really want. After all, he had satisfied his curiosity, and sent her home. 

If King David had truly wanted or loved Bathsheba, there is no way he would have conspired to have her husband go home to lie with her to cover up their adultery, and consequently the pregnancy. When a man truly loves a woman the thought of her with another man is unthinkable to him. 

Sometimes we ask God "Why is this happening to me? Or what did I do to cause this? Often, if we take a walk backwards down memory lane we will discover the seeds of destruction that we planted with our own hands, and now that those seeds are coming up in our lives we have the gall to look baffled, and the nerve to fall into depression over something that we brought about by our own acts of stupidity, immorality and rebellion against the will and the word of God.

The child of the adultery between King David and Uriah's wife, Bathsheba, died. Amnon, King David's son, committed incest with his sister Tamar. Consequently, Absalom, Tamar's brother, murdered his brother Amnon for raping his sister. Absalom rebelled against his father King David and became king over Israel. Absalom was killed by Joab who disobeyed the King David's command to save Absalom alive because he loved his son, even though this very son caused King David to flee and usurped his kingdom, and in bible terminology, went in to all of King David's concubines in the sight of all Israel, according to the word of the Lord by Samuel. 

Three sons dead, a daughter raped by his son, and loss of his kingdom, all because of adultery with Uriah's wife, Bathsheba.

God demonstrates to us in the story of King David how he feels about adultery and how serious it is in terms of the consequential destructive forces that will be unleashed in our lives because of our error in judgment, and giving in to destructive desires fomented to bring us down and destroy our relationship with God, and or lose our anointing. 

Once we lose our anointing through sin, we may regain some ground, through repentance but it will never be the same again, as a constant reminder of what we so callously put at risk by taking it for granted. God's anointing will not dwell in an unclean house, but it will be packing preparing to move completely out, leaving a vacancy that only demons will occupy. 

While the anointing is packing and moving out, for it is a process, he is giving you time to repent and get right with God. If you wait too long, however, gradually, by little and little you will find yourself standing before a congregation completely naked, void of the presence of the Lord. Or trying to do what God gave you to do with no anointing to assist you. You either continue to fake the anointing presence of the Lord, but at some point you must repent, or God will pull the cover off you and reveal your sins to the world. By then it will be too late, and God will have very little use for you. It's called re-crucifying the Lord Jesus Christ anew.
King David, no doubt, had grown bored in his palatial kingdom, and he was taking for granted all that God had given him; from a shepherd boy to king is a long way to go. He was the work of the Lord, and in a moment of madness, tossed all that he knew to be good and true to the ground, and walked on the blessings of the Lord as though they were nothing. 

Why do men in great power do stupid things that have the  ability to bring them down to the ground before the whole world? Why? Because, like King David, they have grown accustomed to the blessings of the Lord, and so take them for granted, consequently growing big-headed, and their thinking apparatus goes awry, because it tells them that they can do anything, that they are beyond the laws of God and man. 

So they proceed from sin to sin because they don't experience the consequences of their sin right away, and by the time the consequences are standing at their front door, it's too late. We cannot pray away or repent away God's judgment. It had already left the heavens the moment we acted on the evil thoughts that were rambling around in our bored, unoccupied minds. There is nothing left to do but repent and accept the punishment of God, worship God in the midst of our tears of regret, or turn our back completely on God and accept hell as our eternal destiny.
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