HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
II Samuel 11:1 “And it came to pass, after the year was expired, at the time when kings go forth to battle, that David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all [the army of] Israel; and they destroyed the children of Ammon, and besieged Rabbah. But David tarried [remained] still at Jerusalem.”
2 “And it came to pass in an eveningtide [evening time period], that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king’s house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon.”
Unlike those messages preached by so many of today’s top Religionists in which they castigate David for being in Jerusalem, rather than with his people in the battle, during this time, I will not join with them in deriding King David for remaining behind in the city of Jerusalem during the period of time in which most other kings usually went out to war against their enemies. Why is this? It is because we truly have absolutely NO IDEA regarding WHY David remains behind; we are not provided with the reason for such because this is not the important issue that GOD Wants us to note from this portion of Holy Scripture. There might have been a justifiable reason for David to have remained in Jerusalem. Was he getting over some illness? Was he tired? Had he remained behind for the cause of attending to the pressing concerns of someone else? Was there other essential business to which he had to attend? Without such complete information, any judgment of David would prove to be an unrighteous judgment on the part of ANYONE making such an assessment (John 7:24). The ONE THING that we DO know is that King David DID NOT remain behind in Jerusalem because of some debilitating fear on his part, or cowardice: King David was foremost among Israel’s most valiant men. There had to be a legitimate cause for David to remain behind.
What we are to know is that David is simply going about his daily activities in a most unsuspecting manner. He has every right to be resting within the confines of his house, and to decide to arise from his bed when he does and to proceed to walk up and out onto the roof of his house and to gaze out over the city that he rules, just as he chooses to do. To this point, there is NOTHING of which to accuse David, whatsoever. It is by sheer happenstance that he observes a woman washing on the roof of her house. A question in the mind of this writer is this:
- Why is she there?
- Is this the place where women generally bathe themselves?
Even though it is evening, why isn’t she within the walls of her house where no one will see her unclothed? How many women bathe on the roofs of their houses? Is she simply enjoying the warmth of the evening’s winds as they dry her moist skin? We DO NOTKNOW! The one thing that we DO KNOW is that David does not do what Peter prescribes in I Peter 5:8. In an unguarded moment, David sees that which he should NOT see — the nakedness of a woman who does not belong to him.
And now, today’s Study will be CONTINUED TOMORROW …