2 Samuel 11* David's adultery. (1-5) He tries to conceal his crime. (6-13)Uriah murdered. (14-27)1-5 Observe the occasions of David's sin; what led to it. 1.Neglect of his business. He tarried at Jerusalem. When we areout of the way of our duty, we are in temptation. 2. Love ofease: idleness gives great advantage to the tempter. 3. Awandering eye. He had not, like Job, made a covenant with hiseyes, or, at this time, he had forgotten it. And observe thesteps of the sin. See how the way of sin is down-hill; when menbegin to do evil, they cannot soon stop. Observe theaggravations of the sin. How could David rebuke or punish thatin others, of which he was conscious that he himself was guilty? 6-13 Giving way to sin hardens the heart, and provokes thedeparture of the Holy Spirit. Robbing a man of his reason, isworse than robbing him of his money; and drawing him into sin,is worse than drawing him into any wordly trouble whatever. 14-27 Adulteries often occasion murders, and one wickedness issought to be covered by another. The beginnings of sin are muchto be dreaded; for who knows where they will end? Can a realbeliever ever tread this path? Can such a person be indeed achild of God? Though grace be not lost in such an awful case,the assurance and consolation of it must be suspended. AllDavid's life, spirituality, and comfort in religion, we may besure were lost. No man in such a case can have evidence to besatisfied that he is a believer. The higher a man's confidenceis, who has sunk in wickedness, the greater his presumption andhypocrisy. Let not any one who resembles David in nothing buthis transgressions, bolster up his confidence with this example.Let him follow David in his humiliation, repentance, and hisother eminent graces, before he thinks himself only abackslider, and not a hypocrite. Let no opposer of the truthsay, These are the fruits of faith! No; they are the effects ofcorrupt nature. Let us all watch against the beginnings ofself-indulgence, and keep at the utmost distance from all evil.But with the Lord there is mercy and plenteous redemption. Hewill cast out no humble, penitent believer; nor will he sufferSatan to pluck his sheep out of his hand. Yet the Lord willrecover his people, in such a way as will mark his abhorrence oftheir crimes, to hinder all who regard his word from abusing theencouragements of his mercy.
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