Even murders on death row would agree that David was wrong. He wanted Uriah’s wife, so he killed Uriah. Few of us can put ourselves in David’s sandals; the sin is so disproportionate. Yet, we all too often commit the same sins without seeing them.
Who has not looked at a man or woman and thought, Oh my? Who has never wondered what life would be like with another partner? Who has not had at least a fleeting thought that if he/she were out of the way, I could move in?
That is the natural state when we are searching for a partner and the first two thoughts above are a part of the process. Without it there would be no procreation.
The third thought is where the trouble begins. She has a boyfriend, how can I break them up? He is married; can I get him to notice me? Maybe a little poison will do the trick. It is too easy to slide into the next level as David did.
In fact, David did not slide; he jumped in with both feet, even knowing that she was married to his best warrior. He used his position of power to acquire that which he wanted and that was his greatest sin.
David was all about righteousness. Justice was his mode of operation. God called him to be the forerunner of the Messiah and until he saw Bathsheba he did very well. Then one sleepless night he threw it all away.
As we know, that is not the end of his story. In time, he was able to pray to God what we record as Psalm 51. A thousand years later Jesus stood before the crowd and said, “I am the bread of life.” David pleaded to have his sin erased and Jesus said that he could do that. My sin means that I must die. Life can only come by accepting the unwarranted and unexpected gift that David prayed for. Rejection is death.
Be righteous and do good.