Big Sin or Little Sin?

The church we attend when we’re in Jackson, TN is having revival services this week. This post is part of the message we heard tonight. I heard things that have never been brought out to me before. I share them now in the hopes that Christians will begin to take sin (even the “little” ones) more seriously. It is not my intent to condemn or criticize, but rather to encourage us, including myself, to seek a deeper relationship with our heavenly Father, that we may truly experience the joy and happiness that He so desperately wants to give us. To receive that joy we must remove the barriers that prevent that relationship.

2 Sam. 11:1-5 “And it came to pass, after the year was expired, at the time when kings go forth to battle, that David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the children of Ammon, and besieged Rabbah. But David tarried still at Jerusalem.

            v2 “And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king’s house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon.

            v3 “And David sent and enquired after the woman. And one said, Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?

            v4 “And David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in unto him, and he lay with her; for she was purified from her uncleanness: and she returned unto her house.

            v5 “And the woman conceived, and sent and told David, and said, I am with child.”


Most of us are probably familiar with this event in David’s life. God had chosen him to be king and had blessed him mightily. He was called a man after God’s own heart. But he wasn’t perfect.  This was a time during the year when kings took their armies into battle. David chose to sit this one out. He stayed home. He wasn’t where he was supposed to be. If only. . .How many of us have lives that are filled with the lament of “if only”?

If David had been on the battlefield where he belonged he would not have been in a position to be tempted. Bathsheba was innocent. She lived in a time when indoor plumbing was almost non-existent; only the wealthiest people had indoor baths. She waited until evening to do her bathing where she would be less likely to be noticed.

David was on the rooftop of the castle/palace, on the top of the hill, looking down over the city. He had the vantage point of being able to see over the wall that would have hidden Bathsheba from common view. And he looked. His second sin: he didn’t look away; he lingered, and lusted. He already had at least two wives, and they suddenly were not enough. What did he do? He sent a messenger to have her brought to him. He was the king. She dared not refuse. The result? She found herself  pregnant. Her husband was on the battlefield. There could be no question who the father was.

As Christians, do we minimize sin? Do we look at ourselves and say, “Well, we aren’t as bad as so-and-so”? Most of the Christians I know, including myself, are prone to justify themselves. Well, it was just a little lie. I’m not hurting anyone. No one will know. I can’t help it. God understands. When we justify ourselves this way we are not giving God His due. We are making a mockery of the faith we claim to have. Be sure, the unsaved world around us knows when we’re just making excuses for ourselves, and it makes them think Christianity is a joke. It hurts the cause of Christ. Scripture tells us in Num. 32:23  “But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out.”

When Paul was in Athens (Acts 17:23-30) he saw a city filled with statues and temples built to various gods and one dedicated to “the unknown god.” After he preached the gospel of Jesus Christ to the people he explained that when they worshiped false gods out of ignorance, God “winked at” their sin because they had been ignorant. But once they knew the truth, they were responsible to obey God and turn from their sin. The call was to repentance. Jas. 4:17 ” Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.”

The next blog will deal with the far-reaching consequences of David’s sin.