Chapter 10 begins the war against the Ammonites. And nestled in this story of war… is David’s great sin.
It is obvious from 11:1 that David was lounging at home when he should have been at war with Joab (the commander of his army). Verse 2 even begins, “David arose from his couch…” This is a very different David than the one that was fleeing from Saul and scrounging for food with his vagabond army in the wilderness. David has grown accustomed to leisure and luxury. Not only has he become lazy physically, but the ease of his life has lulled him to sleep spiritually as well.
This is the only explanation for how David, a man after God’s own heart, could have slipped so far away from God’s ways that he would covet, commit adultery – and then cover it all up with murder.
When Nathan confronts David with his gross sin, David repents. Psalm 51 is David’s cry for mercy…
For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is ever before me.
Against you, you only, have I sinned
and done what is evil in your sight (Psalm 51:3-4).
God is gracious to David, and spares his life. But there will be consequences. Horrible consequences that we will read over the next few days.
Mysteriously, God brings good out of the ashes… through Solomon – son of Bathsheba and in the family line of Christ – he will be the King of Israel at its height!