“Ho-hum!” David yawned, stretching his whole body, his hands in the air and his feet spread apart. It was 4pm and he was just waking up from an afternoon nap. Since he had nothing specific to do, he laid back on his bed and allowed his mind to wander.

It was spring and the season when kings go out to war. David felt he had fought a lot of battles already and needed to rest. So, he had sent Joab in his stead, and the whole Israelite army out to battle. They had destroyed the Ammonites and were now laying siege against Rabbah. 

As David laid supine, his back to the bed, the palm of his hands under his head and eyes peering into the roof above, he heard the voice of his conscience saying, “David, you’re drawing back to perdition. You dozed away the afternoon in idleness which you should have spent in exercise for your own improvement or the good of others.” In defence he replied his conscience, “Man, I’m not getting younger. I’ve paid my dues, I need rest.” His conscience continued, “You used to pray, not only morning and evening, but also at noon during the days of your troubles. Now you’ve neglected to do so.” “I’d pray later.” he snapped.

He turned on his bed, facing the wall, his left side to the bed. He thought about his wives. They were not giving him the sexual satisfaction that he needed. He was a middle-aged man now and he felt he needed a young blooded beautiful woman. He considered taking another wife. He would probably do that at the end of spring.

He sat up from his bed and went to the wardrobe. He pulled out a loose robe – a causal outfit he wore in the evening when he wanted to take a stroll. He was getting bored inside and wanted to sightsee. The best view will be his rooftop. He walked to the edge of his room and took the narrow spiral stairs that led to the roof. The roof was a concrete slab flat roof made up of a structural layer of concrete, finished with a smooth screed onto which a water proof layer was laid.

As he mounted the rooftop at the south end, he took in the cool evening air and stood for a while looking into the sky and enjoying the moment. He walked eastward to the edge of the roof and looked down to see children playing in the sand, others chasing after each other and throwing dust into the air. He walked away, moving northward and looked down over the edge. A man was pushing his cart of two wheels, loaded with timber he had hewed during the day. He sighed, and moved westward and looked down. His eyes found a naked woman taking her bath in the courtyard of her house, carved out for that purpose. David immediately took his eyes away. But his lustful passion was already stirred.

He took a second look at the woman and saw that she was stunningly beautiful; fair, straight legs, well built hips and long hair that hung on her pear-shaped face. His conscience said to him, “Man, you’re lusting. Look away.” He sneered and replied, “I don’t mind taking her for a wife if she’s unmarried. Let me find out.”

He walked down the stairs and called out to one of his servants. “Who is that woman that lives to the west of the palace in a side courtyard house painted yellow?” “Your highness, I’d find out and get back to you.” replied his servant. He servant returned, informing him that the woman’s name was Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and wife of Uriah the Hittite. “Send for her!” the king commanded.

“I thought you said if she was married, you’d let her be.” teased his conscience. “I just want to enjoy her company. We will talk and eat together, nothing more.” David replied. 

When Bathsheba arrived, David placed his elbow around her neck, after they had exchanged pleasantries. He took her to his personal dinning room where they ate. After eating and talking for about an hour, being driven by his violent sexual passion, he led her to his bedroom where he had sex with her.

Food for thought: (1) When we are out of the way of our duty, we are in the way of temptation. (2) The bed of sloth often proves the bed of lust.  (3) Eyes not bound by covenant will result in a life prone to sexual sin. (4) No one is absolved of temptation, no matter how great that person has become.

Scriptural reference (s): 2 Samuel 11:1-5; Job 31:1; Proverbs 6:25-29;


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