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April 21, 2018
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  • version of Humpty Dumpty.
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  • We might say, "Humpty David sat on a wall.
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  • Humpty David had a great fall."
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  • Here is David looking over the walls of Jerusalem.
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  • The view from his pinnacle was of the kingdom that he ruled
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  • and reigned over.
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  • But he had a great fall and he would never
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  • be the same after this fall.
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  • Oh, he'll be forgiven, but he'll never be the same.
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  • Skip: From the king's house, you can virtually see
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  • every house around you in plain view.
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  • Rooftops are flat, people will often be out there.
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  • So, David's on his rooftop looking down at every other
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  • rooftop in the valley.
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  • And he saw something, something entered his view that every man,
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  • every man can understand.
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  • He saw a woman very beautiful to behold.
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  • I suppose if this were written in modern times it might say
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  • that David was sitting on the couch with his TV remote late at
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  • night, or David was sitting in front of his computer screen,
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  • sort of aimlessly searching and surfing the Internet.
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  • But David, the king of Israel, was on his house
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  • and he was looking out.
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  • Now, there's two words in verse 2 I want you to compare.
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  • I'm glad you brought your Bibles to see this.
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  • Notice the two words, the first is he saw a woman
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  • and that she was very beautiful to, what?
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  • What's the next word? Behold.
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  • See those two words, saw and behold,
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  • now, those words are different.
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  • The first word suggests a glance.
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  • He just saw her, he noticed her, couldn't help that.
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  • That's what he saw. It came into his view.
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  • But the second word suggests a gaze, not a glance.
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  • He went from seeing to beholding.
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  • He couldn't help the first look.
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  • It's the double take that killed him.
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  • It's the "What, what?"
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  • And he stayed looking and fixated
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  • and it turned into a lustful look.
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  • Jesus said in Matthew 5, "You have heard that it was said to
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  • those of old, you shall not commit adultery, but I say to
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  • you that whoever looks at a woman to lust after her in his
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  • heart has already committed adultery with her in his heart."
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  • As I said, David's sin wasn't the look.
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  • It was the lingering look.
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  • Men, every man, men have a visual ignition switch, that is,
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  • the pleasure centers of the male brain are turned on,
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  • revved up by simply seeing someone like David saw.
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  • And by the way, those pleasure centers are indiscriminate.
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  • It could be any woman.
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  • And this is where the battle is won or lost because once you see
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  • something, it's now what do you do with what you see?
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  • Do you keep on seeing?
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  • Do you go from seeing to beholding, or do you turn away
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  • and see something else?
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  • David should have done that.
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  • What David should have done couldn't help the first look,
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  • he noticed, "Oops, out of here."
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  • I mean, Joseph literally ran from his situation.
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  • Genesis 39, Potiphar's wife grabs him and says,
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  • "Come to bed with me."
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  • And he didn't stay around and,
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  • "Go, well, let me pray about that."
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  • He just ran away.
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  • So can you.
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  • Job understood the power of the look,
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  • that's why in Job chapter 31, verse 1
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  • he says, "I've made a covenant with my eyes
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  • that I will look upon a young woman."
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  • A wise driver once said, "He who looketh on a woman
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  • loseth a fender."
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  • I'll tell you a true story, honest confession,
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  • I was 15, maybe 16 years of age.
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  • I went from a permit to a driver's license,
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  • southern California.
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  • My mode of transportation was a Honda 305 motorcycle.
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  • And I--the first, the only accident I've ever been in where
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  • I got in an accident while I was driving was this one.
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  • I'm on a motorcycle, I'm driving down the street almost home.
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  • I'm following a car, but I'm distracted by a beautiful girl
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  • on the side of the road and my eyes followed her.
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  • I'm following her.
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  • I'm following her, and I'm supposed to be driving
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  • and what I don't notice is the car in front of me
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  • is now slowing down to make a turn.
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  • I plow into the back of the car.
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  • I fly over the car and land on the street in front of the car.
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  • Talk about a wake-up call in this area,
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  • that did it.
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  • Now, we naturally focus on David, and David's lust, and
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  • David's sin, but I do have to say something about Bathsheba.
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  • If Bathsheba wasn't taking a bath out on the top of her
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  • rooftop in plain sight, it sure would have helped.
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  • She had to have known the vulnerability of that situation
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  • given the topography of Jerusalem if you can walk out
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  • on your roof and see it that easily,
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  • she had to have known that.
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  • So, I just want to say, women, try to be part of the solution,
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  • not part of the problem.
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  • Help us out here a little bit. You know what I'm saying.
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  • Your physical appearance can be a snare.
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  • Don't give us something to lust after.
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  • Don't make it easy.
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  • A.W. Pink, Arthur Pink writes,
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  • "If lustful looking is so grievous as sin,
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  • then those who dress and expose themselves with a desire
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  • to be looked at and lusted after are not less
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  • but perhaps more guilty.
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  • In this matter, it is not only too often the case that men sin
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  • but women tempt them to do so.
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  • How great then must be the guilt of a great majority of modern
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  • misses who deliberately seek to arouse
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  • the sexual passions of young men."
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  • Bathsheba, take it inside.
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  • So now, we go down to verse 3 and we go from the springtime in
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  • David's city, the summer time in David's sight, to the fall.
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  • This is the fall. This is Humpty Dumpty falling.
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  • This is fall time in David's sanctity.
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  • So, David sent and inquired about the woman.
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  • Seems innocent at first.
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  • "I just want to ask a few questions, find out a few facts,
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  • just one little step toward Sodom,
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  • like Lot did, just find out."
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  • He inquired about the woman and someone said,
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  • "Is this not Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam,
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  • the wife of Uriah, the Hittite?"
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  • Then David sent messengers and took her and she came to him
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  • and he lay with her.
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  • Oh, I hate reading this. It's so quick.
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  • It's so cold. There's no love here.
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  • This is just pure passion, raw sex.
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  • "For she was cleansed from her impurity
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  • and she returned to her house.
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  • And the woman conceived and she sent and told David and said,
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  • 'I am with child.'"
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  • You probably know that kings in those days
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  • could take anything they wanted, anyone they wanted.
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  • They would develop a harem, but, but this is a different king.
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  • This is God's king. This is the kingdom of Israel.
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  • And according to the law of Israel, there should be one man
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  • and one woman for one lifetime.
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  • And kings especially were told in the Scriptures to not
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  • multiply wives unto themselves.
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  • How many women did he have altogether?
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  • Seventeen, seven wives, ten concubines.
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  • What does that tell us?
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  • It tells us, this is a pattern with David.
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  • He's a polygamist. He has a harem full of women.
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  • Now, think about this, you would think 17 women
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  • would satisfy him.
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  • It doesn't.
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  • Now, why is that?
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  • For a very simple reason, the more you have,
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  • the more you want.
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  • It's not like the more you have,
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  • you'll finally reach a saturation point, "I'm done."
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  • David's not done.
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  • David looked, and David lusted, and David lived out his fantasy
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  • because he had done it before over and over again.
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  • This is a pattern with him.
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  • David didn't collapse in a weak moment.
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  • David cultivated a weak moment.
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  • This is his one minute in the chair,
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  • but he has cultivated for a long time.
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  • I see verse 3 as a warning, do you?
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  • Somebody said, "Is this not Bathsheba the daughter of Eliam,
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  • the wife of Uriah the Hittite?"
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  • That's a warning, "Hey, David, David,
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  • that's somebody's daughter.
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  • David, that's somebody's wife, hands off.
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  • You already stole from her in looking at her, her privacy.
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  • You already took from her what belonged only to her husband
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  • when you gazed at her.
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  • This is somebody's wife. This is somebody's daughter."
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  • Can I be blunt? Not that I haven't already.
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  • Do you think it was fun?
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  • Do you think that night David had with Bathsheba was fun?
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  • I mean, you can be honest here.
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  • Was it pleasurable?
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  • Absolutely it was.
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  • It was hot.
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  • It was sizzling.
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  • As they crawl between David's sheets, it was magnificent,
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  • but it lasted one night
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  • then it's over.
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  • When darkness feels greater than the light,
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  • you're the everlasting fire that won't burn out.
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  • When fear is screaming louder than my peace,
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  • you are singing words of promise over me.
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  • You never fail, you never leave,
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  • you never stop holding me.
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  • You're the one who never sleeps.
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  • You're the God over all.
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  • In the day when shadows fall,
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  • you're the one who never sleeps.
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  • I'm resting in the one who never sleeps.
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  • I'm resting in the one who never sleeps.
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  • Only you give rest to weary eyes.
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  • You're my song of hope to get me through the night.
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  • And you're by my side whenever it comes.
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  • When the storms are reaching high,
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  • you're still above.
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  • You never fail, you never leave,
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  • you never stop holding me.
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  • You're the one who never sleeps.
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  • You're the God over all in the day
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  • when shadows fall.
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  • You're the one who never sleeps.
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  • I'm resting in the one who never sleeps.
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  • I'm resting in the one who never sleeps.
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  • You keep our wonder, God, you never slumber,
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  • watching over us,
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  • watching over us.
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  • You won't be shaken.
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  • You're our firm foundation, watching over us,
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  • watching over us.
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  • You never fail.
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  • You never leave.
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  • You never stop holding me.
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  • You're the one who never sleeps.
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  • You're the God over all.
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  • In the day when shadows fall,
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  • you're the one who never sleeps.
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  • I'm resting in the one who never sleeps.
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  • I'm resting in the one who never sleeps.
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  • I'm resting in the one who never sleeps.
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  • I'm resting in the one who never sleeps.
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  • Skip: Hebrews 11 says it speaks of those who enjoy
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  • the passing pleasures of sin.
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  • Do you ever hear--ever note that phrase,
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  • it's the passing pleasures of sin.
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  • It's pleasurable.
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  • It is pleasurable, but it's passing.
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  • What David and Bathsheba thought they had
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  • only lasted for one night.
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  • Well, she gets pregnant.
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  • The rest of the chapter is a coverup
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  • so David sends for Uriah, her husband,
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  • from the front lines of the battle to come home,
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  • hoping that he'll spend a night with his wife,
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  • sleep with his wife and nobody will ever know the kid
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  • that will be born is my child.
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  • But what he underestimates is the integrity of Uriah.
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  • Verse 11, "Uriah said to David, 'The ark, and Israel, and Judah
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  • are dwelling in tents, and my Lord Joab and the servants
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  • of my Lord are encamped in the open fields.
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  • Shall I then go to my house to eat and drink,
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  • to lie with my wife?
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  • As you live and as your soul lives,
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  • I will not do this thing."
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  • Uriah the Hittite has more integrity
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  • than the king of Jerusalem.
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  • That must have pierced David's heart
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  • when his man Uriah said this.
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  • Now, who is Uriah? Who is this guy?
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  • Uriah, the Hittite was not a common soldier,
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  • he was one of David's 30 valiant men,
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  • the Bible tells us, that's why his house
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  • was so close to David's house.
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  • He had been one of David's valiant men
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  • since David had been a fugitive running from King Saul.
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  • He was born a Hittite.
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  • His parents converted to Judaism and gave him a Hebrew name.
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  • The name Uriah means, "My light is the Lord."
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  • But this soldier comes home and he says,
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  • "David, I should be in battle, not sitting in a palace."
  • 00:17:25.130 --> 00:17:32.100
  • Well, David now tries to get him drunk thinking
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  • if he's drunk he'll go home, lie with his wife.
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  • Didn't happen. His plan failed.
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  • So, David arranges for his assassination.
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  • He says, "Take Uriah the Hittite,
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  • place him in the fiercest part of the battle
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  • and let him get killed."
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  • Here's what I want you to see.
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  • One sin always leads to another sin.
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  • It's not like one and it's over.
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  • David's lust led to a adultery, that led to deception,
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  • that led to entrapment, that led to murder.
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  • And that's not the end of the story.
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  • It's not gonna just blow over.
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  • It's like the husband and wife
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  • who were shopping at Christmastime in the mall.
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  • They're in the same store and as they're shopping for items,
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  • this beautiful woman walks through the store
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  • and the man's eyes follow her throughout the whole store.
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  • His wife didn't even look up, but she says,
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  • "Was it worth the trouble you're now in?"
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  • We might ask David,
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  • "David, was it worth the trouble you're now in?"
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  • And you know who David is in trouble with.
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  • He's in trouble, not only with his family and his army,
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  • but with his God.
  • 00:18:57.220 --> 00:19:01.130
  • So, Uriah the Hittite goes back, he gets killed
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  • and a report comes back.
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  • In verse 24, "The archer shot from the wall at your servants
  • 00:19:09.270 --> 00:19:18.060
  • and some of the king's servants are dead and your servant
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  • Uriah the Hittite is dead also."
  • 00:19:22.010 --> 00:19:27.030
  • Now listen to David's response, "David said to the messenger,
  • 00:19:27.040 --> 00:19:33.170
  • 'Thus you shall say to Joab,
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  • do not let this thing displease you.
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  • For the sword devours one as well as another.
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  • Strengthen your attack against the city and overthrow it.
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  • So encourage him.'"
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  • We go from springtime in David's city,
  • 00:19:49.090 --> 00:19:52.000
  • summertime in David's sight, fall time in David's sanctity,
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  • to the coldest time of all.
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  • It is now wintertime in David's soul.
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  • Listen to how callous he is about one of his mighty men.
  • 00:20:00.240 --> 00:20:04.070
  • "Ah, whatever, people die."
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  • He caused his death, no remorse. You know why?
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  • 'Cause David's doing this inside,
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  • "Whoo, man, no one will ever know what I've done."
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  • Ah, he's leaving something out.
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  • Look at verse 26.
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  • "When the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband was dead,
  • 00:20:25.000 --> 00:20:27.220
  • she mourned for her husband.
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  • It tore her apart.
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  • When her mourning was over, David sent and brought her to
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  • his house, and she became his wife and bore him a son but,"
  • 00:20:35.260 --> 00:20:41.040
  • notice this last sentence,
  • 00:20:41.050 --> 00:20:42.200
  • "but the thing that David had done displeased the Lord."
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  • Ponder that phrase.
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  • Let that sink in.
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  • "But the thing that he had done displeased the Lord."
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  • Sin is the most expensive thing in the world
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  • because it offends God.
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  • David thought it's hidden from everyone.
  • 00:21:08.200 --> 00:21:12.170
  • Nope, Proverbs 5, written by David's son later on, Solomon.
  • 00:21:12.180 --> 00:21:19.080
  • It says, "The ways of a man are before the eyes of the Lord
  • 00:21:19.090 --> 00:21:22.030
  • and he ponders all of his goings."
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  • David is busted.
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  • Chapter 12 will tell the story
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  • when God sends Nathan the prophet to him.
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  • Now, David will confess his sin.
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  • You know Psalm 51, you know Psalm 32,
  • 00:21:39.110 --> 00:21:41.210
  • those are both written after this.
  • 00:21:41.220 --> 00:21:44.130
  • This is David's confession of his sin
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  • and listen to how deep it is.
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  • Psalm 51, "Have mercy on me, O God.
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  • Wash me thoroughly, cleanse me from my sin."
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  • Can't you hear the emotion in David?
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  • Here's the deal though, you know how long it was from the night
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  • David fell that night with Bathsheba until the time
  • 00:22:03.170 --> 00:22:06.180
  • he confessed in chapter 12?
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  • One year, one year.
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  • The best time for David to cry out to God was between
  • 00:22:13.090 --> 00:22:15.190
  • verse 4 and 5, sitting on the edge of his bed say,
  • 00:22:15.200 --> 00:22:18.190
  • "Oh God, what I have done? Oh Lord, forgive me."
  • 00:22:18.200 --> 00:22:22.260
  • But he covers it up, kills a man, gets him drunk,
  • 00:22:22.270 --> 00:22:27.270
  • orders his assassination, and doesn't pray for one year.
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  • It is wintertime in David's soul.
  • 00:22:34.030 --> 00:22:38.020
  • David loses trust with his family.
  • 00:22:38.030 --> 00:22:41.270
  • He loses trust with his army, and he loses intimacy with God.
  • 00:22:41.280 --> 00:22:47.260
  • Now, when David saw Bathsheba when he's standing on his
  • 00:22:47.270 --> 00:22:51.070
  • veranda, his rooftop, he's looking down at her bathing.
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  • He must have thought he has never seen a more beautiful
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  • sight in all of his life.
  • 00:22:57.130 --> 00:22:59.030
  • That's how men think at times like that.
  • 00:22:59.040 --> 00:23:01.020
  • "I've never seen a more beautiful woman in all my life."
  • 00:23:01.030 --> 00:23:04.060
  • And at that moment when the look turned into a lingering look,
  • 00:23:04.070 --> 00:23:08.080
  • a lustful look, David forgot everything
  • 00:23:08.090 --> 00:23:12.110
  • 'cause sin, especially lust, does that.
  • 00:23:12.120 --> 00:23:14.010
  • It just sort of cauterizes sense.
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  • You become insane.
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  • David forgot who he was.
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  • David forgot about his family.
  • 00:23:23.170 --> 00:23:25.040
  • David forgot about his army.
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  • David forgot about all those psalms he had ever written.
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  • David forgot God.
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  • He wasn't mad at God, he just forgot God.
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  • That's why if you could just somehow rehearse
  • 00:23:38.010 --> 00:23:43.270
  • before you act what the consequences
  • 00:23:43.280 --> 00:23:47.190
  • might be but stop a person.
  • 00:23:47.200 --> 00:23:52.220
  • Randy Alcorn, who has written so many good books,
  • 00:23:52.230 --> 00:23:55.060
  • he's a pastor and an author said,
  • 00:23:55.070 --> 00:23:57.200
  • "When I feel particularly vulnerable
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  • to sexual temptation,
  • 00:23:59.280 --> 00:24:01.240
  • I find it helpful to review what effects my actions could have."
  • 00:24:01.250 --> 00:24:05.190
  • And he makes a list. I'll just read a few.
  • 00:24:05.200 --> 00:24:08.170
  • "Grieving the Lord who redeemed me,
  • 00:24:08.180 --> 00:24:11.020
  • dragging his sacred name through the mud.
  • 00:24:11.030 --> 00:24:14.080
  • One day having to look Jesus, the righteous judge,
  • 00:24:14.090 --> 00:24:16.250
  • in the face and give an account of my actions.
  • 00:24:16.260 --> 00:24:20.030
  • Inflicting untold hurt on Nancy, my best friend and loyal wife,
  • 00:24:20.040 --> 00:24:24.200
  • losing Nancy's respect and trust, hurting my beloved
  • 00:24:24.210 --> 00:24:29.000
  • daughters, Karina and Angie.
  • 00:24:29.010 --> 00:24:32.060
  • Causing shame to my family as they ask,
  • 00:24:32.070 --> 00:24:35.070
  • 'Why isn't daddy is pastor anymore?'
  • 00:24:35.080 --> 00:24:38.160
  • Losing self-respect, creating a form of guilt
  • 00:24:38.170 --> 00:24:43.090
  • awfully hard to shake.
  • 00:24:43.100 --> 00:24:45.070
  • Even though God would forgive me, would I forgive myself?
  • 00:24:45.080 --> 00:24:49.110
  • Bringing great pleasure to Satan, the enemy of God,
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  • and all that is good.
  • 00:24:53.100 --> 00:24:55.010
  • Causing shame and hurt to friends,
  • 00:24:55.020 --> 00:24:59.000
  • especially those I have led to Christ and discipled."
  • 00:24:59.010 --> 00:25:01.240
  • And he says, "I listed those names."
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  • Boy, that would stop you if you could rehearse
  • 00:25:05.140 --> 00:25:08.260
  • the consequences before you act.
  • 00:25:08.270 --> 00:25:12.240
  • Did David write more psalms? Yes, he did, he will.
  • 00:25:12.250 --> 00:25:17.270
  • Will David be forgiven? Yes, he will.
  • 00:25:17.280 --> 00:25:20.020
  • Immorality is not an unforgivable sin.
  • 00:25:20.030 --> 00:25:22.050
  • Of course he'll be forgiven.
  • 00:25:22.060 --> 00:25:25.090
  • Yes, and that's a whole different message, but I want
  • 00:25:25.100 --> 00:25:29.060
  • you to hear is that the consequences of sexual sin
  • 00:25:29.070 --> 00:25:35.190
  • are unique in the pain and the shame that they bring.
  • 00:25:35.200 --> 00:25:44.210
  • And as we are about to close in prayer, I want you to think of
  • 00:25:44.220 --> 00:25:47.260
  • what Paul wrote to the Corinthians when he said,
  • 00:25:47.270 --> 00:25:50.170
  • "Let him who thinks he stand take heed lest he fall."
  • 00:25:50.180 --> 00:25:55.190
  • All of us, every man, all of us,
  • 00:25:55.200 --> 00:25:59.080
  • men and women, we are all vulnerable.
  • 00:25:59.090 --> 00:26:04.230
  • So, as you're sitting in your chair for one minute
  • 00:26:04.240 --> 00:26:11.080
  • looking at the shotgun, is it worth it?
  • 00:26:11.090 --> 00:26:15.240
  • 00:26:15.250 --> 00:26:25.190
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  • than just a habit.
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  • It should be an integral part of an exciting
  • 00:26:28.110 --> 00:26:30.200
  • relationship with God.
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  • When the disciples asked Jesus this question,
  • 00:26:35.140 --> 00:26:37.170
  • he gave them a model prayer, what we call the Lord's Prayer.
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  • In the lifestyle booklet, "Pray This Way:
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