It seems to be a wide spread dream to get to "easy street." The very beautiful, the very talented, the very skillful, and the very accomplished seem to end up with the double accolade - "rich and famous." They fill the media, with their fabulous homes, and outrageous expenditures of money.
Being rich has its own problems. For one thing, you never know whom to trust.
In today's story, there is an altogether different problem.
The problems with "easy street:"
1. Too much liesure time.
1"When that time of year came around again, the anniversary of the Ammonite aggression, David dispatched Joab and his fighting men of Israel in full force to destroy the Ammonites for good. They laid siege to Rabbah, but David stayed in Jerusalem.
2 -5 One late afternoon, David got up from taking his nap and was strolling on the roof of the palace. "
David was talented in many areas. But what had rocketed him to prominence was his boldness, his courage, his ability in war. He had subdued all his enemies. All the countries around were sending huge taxes to the treasury. He didn't really have any mortal enemies at the moment. It was time to take it easy. He was living on "easy street."
2. Our own sinful nature.
When we have a lot of free time, just think of all the good we could do!
Yeah, that's true...
But most people with a lot of free time follow the inclinations of their sinful nature, instead of using the extra time for godly purposes.
That's what happened to David. He should have been in the battle, at the head of his troops. Instead, what was he doing with his free time?
Important things. You know, business of the state... Like, taking a nap. 2 -5 "One late afternoon, David got up from taking his nap and was strolling on the roof of the palace."
Oh yeah - and strolling around on the roof of his huge mansion, that he had recently built for himself.
So while he was using his free time for - well - liesure...
"From his vantage point on the roof he saw a woman bathing."
This monster building didn't used to be there. He built it, as king, for a monument to himself. It was the biggest, baddest crib in town. And from the top, he could look down on everybody. (Literally, as well as figuratively)
Well, when he saw this woman, bathing as she always had, in her shower without a roof on it, he should have cleared his throat, looked the other way, and sent the following letter:
Since I have built my monster mansion right in the middle of town, I notice that I can see right down into your house. I'm sure you don't realize it, but I can actually see right into your shower. (Yeah, I know. Stinks, doesn't it) Well, this is just a friendly notice from your king. You might want to put a roof on that shower. You're wife is very attractive. (Don't ask me how I know).
So, I'm just saying - You know? Consider putting a lid on it...
Well, he didn't send the letter. Instead we read, "The woman was stunningly beautiful."
David wasn't thinking about no letter!
3. Unbelievable power over others.
A third problem with being rich is that people will do almost anything for money. Obviously they dedicate their waking hours at their job - for money. People in sales give themselves body and soul to the endeavor of making money. And many people will even do crimes, or kill, or prostitute themselves - for money.
So here is what happens in THIS story.
"David sent to ask about her, and was told, "Isn't this Bathsheba, daughter of Eliam and wife of Uriah the Hittite?" David sent his agents to get her. After she arrived..."
So David asked ABOUT her, then sent FOR her. What happens next? That's tomorrows story...
Just don't be too anxious to spend your life trying to get to "easy street."
It may not be as "easy" as it seems...