What is Dr. Jeanette talking about now? “More is not enough??” Biblical David, “the apple of God’s eye.” Seeking to teach a life principle. Chances are we all have witnessed some of this. David was rich, powerful, with family, friends and led an entire nation.
David’s friend, Jonathan would risk his life for their friendship. What more could anyone want?? Well, does that start you thinking intrinsically and introspectively? Stated plainly, “thinking about yourself?” David was a winner, achiever, strong, daring, honored, fearless, valiant. David had faithful, leaders following his orders to achieve military success. So, one might ask, what was David’s weakness? He was greedy. His son, Solomon was greedy too, with some 700 wives. David committed many despicable acts. The emphasis here is not on David, but rather on his behavior. He was supposed to go to war with his men. Instead of going to war with his men, he stayed back, became distracted and his thoughts to wandered with lustful desire, unbridled passion. That was the first problem. He should have gone with his men and followed his duties. How many people find themselves “misplaced” where they are assigned to do one thing, be in one place and decide to ignore duty, follow wayward thinking and get into trouble…big trouble. When our thoughts wander, if not stopped, actions follow. David decided to walk on the roof, saw a beautiful, voluptuous woman, lusted for her; and as the king, he could call for her and she had to go because of who he was and the custom of the time. He seduces her. She becomes pregnant. This is an age old type of problem for many men and women, falling to their lustful desires. They lose control and perspective in an instance. Lust takes control and directs history. David betrays God Almighty, himself, his people who trust him, family and friends. He worshipped the idols of his mind; because he put his emotions before God and everything else. He called for the woman’s husband [who is honorable] and wants him to go to bed with his wife [Bathsheba] to cover up. Uriah does not go to bed with his wife to cover up for David’s lustful acts. As we can see historically, David’s actions live on. But, that’s not all. The plot doesn’t work.
He has her husband [Uriah] put on the front line of battle. He has Uriah murdered. All this happens. God sends the prophet [Nathan] to tell David all these things in story like [parable] form. David confesses; his family suffers. Wrong doing has far reaching repercussions. Here’s the point. Avoid carrying forth generational habits. Think first so your family and reputation will not be ruined. Teach the children.
Jeanette Grattan Parker, Ph.D. Superintendent/Founder of Today’s Fresh Start Charter School [323-293-9826] 4514 Crenshaw BL, L.A.CA90043 copyright Will You Marry me? Jesus Christ Proposes To You and Inquiring Minds want to know. [email protected]