April 22, 2018
Use these questions in your personal Bible study time, or with your friends, family, or small group to further explore the theme of today’s message.
Pray: Jesus taught us to pray, “Lead us not into temptation” (Matthew 6:13). He also told the disciples in Gethsemane, “Watch and pray that you might not enter into temptation. The Spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Matthew 26:41). Are you countering the enemy’s temptation with prayer? Are you praying to stay away from temptation?
Speak: His name is “one.” That’s all we have for his name. We read of him in 2 Samuel 11:3. He’s the only one who said anything to David about what he was going to do with Bathsheba. “One” reminded David that Bathsheba had a husband. No one else dared to challenge the king. Are we ready to speak to people who are headed toward disaster? Do we care enough to confront?
Grow: The narrator tells us how we are to feel about what David did ( 2 Samuel 11: 27). Paul tells us that what happened to Israel happened as examples for us (1 Corinthians 10:6). How does knowing about David’s failure help us? Compare Psalm 51:13.
Love: David objectified Bathsheba. She wasn’t a married woman. She was a nameless woman bathing. David objectified Uriah. He wasn’t a loyal soldier. He was an expendable rock in the path of his passion. Real love does not objectify God’s objects. It serves God’s subjects. Are you objectifying anything that belongs to God?