• Many people see the Bible as a list of rules you can’t break.
  • When we break God’s rules, we cause harm.
  • God’s rules are not arbitrary.

Where’s the harm?

  • Many people reject the morality of the Bible.
  • They see themselves as being a better judge of what is right and wrong.
  • Often, it’s a question of seeing the harm in a particular activity.

What could possibly go wrong?

II Samuel 11 – David’s sin

II Samuel 11:1

  • Where’s the harm in David staying home?
  • The moral obligation of God’s word
    • The most common rejection of Biblical morality is failure to do what God requires.
    • People just don’t see the need.
    • They see no harm in failing to act.
    • Therefore, they feel no responsibility.
    • No harm, no foul, no guilt.

II Samuel 11:11

  • When you’re not with the Lord’s people, you are missed!
  • The harm in failing to do good
    • The danger of idleness, II Samuel 11:2
    • Failure to set a good example, II Samuel 11:4
    • Failure to be grateful, II Samuel 12:7
    • Failure to be content, II Samuel 12:8

II Samuel 11:2

  • Where’s the harm?
    • Matthew 5:28 – It’s already harmful!

II Samuel 11:3

  • Where’s the harm?
    • Proverbs 4:14-15 – Avoid the harm at the beginning!

II Samuel 11:4 – David commits adultery

  • Where’s the harm?

II Samuel 11:5 – Bathsheba is pregnant by David

  • Is this the only harm?
  • Is it enough to avoid this outcome?
  • If we can avoid this, is it okay?

II Samuel 11:6-9

  • It’s hard to manage consequences.
  • Too much is outside our control!

II Samuel 11:13

  • We can’t control other people.

II Samuel 11:14-15 – David conspires to murder Uriah

  • Sin takes us places we never imagined we would go.
  • We often do evil to avoid trouble, but we only cause more.

II Samuel 11:17

  • The harm of sin
    • It comes even if we don’t see it.
    • It comes no matter how hard we try to avoid it.
    • It comes to people we had no intention of harming.

II Samuel 11:26-27

  • Does “getting away with it” mean there’s no harm?
  • “the thing … displeased the Lord” – The world does not recognize this harm, but it’s the worst.

II Samuel 12:9

  • If it is evil in God’s eyes, it really is evil.

II Samuel 12:10

  • A moment of pleasure often leads to a lifetime of pain.

II Samuel 12:11

The harm that David could foresee

  • David’s character was stained
  • A marriage was violated

The harm that David could not foresee

  • Joab’s integrity was compromised
  • Several innocent men were murdered
  • A child lost his life
  • David’s family was thrown into turmoil
  • Two of his sons would be murdered
  • The nation was plunged into civil war

But is this all the harm?

  • II Samuel 12:13 – How could God take away sin? Isaiah 53:5
  • When you have a chance to commit sin, look to the cross!

Where’s the harm?

  • Many reject the morality of the Bible
  • They cannot see the harm in what the Bible calls sin
  • But we are woefully incapable of making such determinations

Where’s the solution?

  • We must follow God’s will.
  • It will keep up from true harm.
  • He will deliver us from the harm of our sins by bearing them Himself.