THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2017

The Outdoor Bath

Infidelity is an egregious error in judgment. Blame can be found in all parties, typically. But, what if one person could have stopped the bullet? What if one person had never pulled the trigger? What if one person had never provided the ammunition? Which one of these fits you? …

Infidelity is an egregious error in judgment. Blame can be found in all parties, typically. But, what if one person could have stopped the bullet? What if one person had never pulled the trigger? What if one person had never provided the ammunition? Which one of these fits you?

It’s amazing how circumstances just seem to fit in perfect harmony for infidelity. A chance meeting. The brush of a hand. A frozen gaze. A tender moment. Words of compassion and/or respect. Hearts that are hungry for affection, an understanding spirit, a captive audience, a kind word, a reaffirmation of worth. It doesn’t take much to ignite a dying ember. Sometimes, all it takes is an opportunity and a lustful eye.

David and Bathsheba is a prime example of opportune moments. Standing on his palace rooftop, his lustful eye zeroed in on a beautiful woman who had decided to bathe in the openness of her home. Had this happened before? Was she privy of having seen the King position himself there before? Could this have been her very thought, that she should “tease” the King? Or, was she perfectly innocent in her deliberate act?

Regardless of the innocence of her intentions, the consequences of her immodesty rocked the world. The events surrounding David’s lack of self-control perpetuated even more egregious transgressions, for generations.

Who could have stopped the bullet? Bathsheba was ordered by the King to come to his chambers. There are gaps in the story. Did the woman who needs to be desired take over Bathsheba’s awareness of the dangers for such bold immodesty? Did she willingly lie with David? Was it under duress that she made herself subject to David’s command? We don’t know that. It is left for one to speculate as to her demeanor. For certain, she doesn’t carry the burden of the blame. But the fault for her actions can’t be negated.

Who pulled the trigger? Was it David who lusted, or was it Bathsheba in her innocently sinful bath? David, a man after God’s own heart, should have called on his Lord and perished the thought! Self-control was the measure necessary to regain his good senses. Bathsheba, on the other hand, should have remembered her modesty. Wisdom should have prevailed over her thoughtless decision. Had Uriah been home, would she have found herself bathing in the open? I suspect a protective husband would not have encouraged such behavior.

What if one person had never provided the ammunition? For certain, Uriah is not to be suspected here. He was on the battle field, serving the very King who would adulterate his wife. Was he everything a husband should be to Bathsheba? Again, an unknown. Nonetheless, a covenant relationship was in place, and that alone begs no reason for unfaithfulness. That leaves David or Bathsheba.

David, a man after God’s own heart, was still … a man – one who responds to the visual. Just as God created man. Bathsheba, while seemingly innocent, made herself available to temptation. Her beauty may have been such that would attract any man’s attention, but her immodesty brought him to act upon his lust. The ammo was truly in the hands of Bathsheba. She handed the bullet to David, and he set about his dastardly destruction of God’s precious and sacred covenant relationship.

Immodesty. Even in our Christian world, it’s where we live today. And, why we no longer worry about where the bullet lands.

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