‘Temptation is not Sin’

II Samuel 11:3

“From the roof he saw a woman bathing — a very beautiful woman. So David sent someone to inquire about her…”

1. David didn’t go to work. 

2. Wrong place, wrong time

3. He sees a naked woman.   

4. And he is tempted. 

Note – temptation is not sin. 

James 1:14-15

“Each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. When lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin…”

The real strength of this temptation does not lie primarily in the beauty of Bathsheba, but in the present state of David’s heart and mind. His own decisions had prepared him to fall at this very point. 

But again – temptation is not sin. 

This temptation was NOT too strong for King David. He could still ‘flee sexual immorality”. (I Cor. 6:18). 

And I Corinthians 10:13

“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation He will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”

Temptation had ‘overtaken’ David and he had a choice to make. It was his moment.  God was still Faithful and David could still turn and run but… ‘he sent someone to inquire about her’. 

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