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Marriage and Sexual Sin

PART 3 - Examples & Consequences of Sexual Sin

David and Bathsheba - 2 Samuel 11:1-12:25

a. What happened to Bathsheba after she had sex with David?
b. How did David first try to cover-up his sin?
c. When that didn't work what did he do to her husband?
d. Who did God send to let David know that his sin was uncovered?
e. What was David's punishment?
f. David repented (see Psalm 51) and was forgiven, but there were life-long consequences. How can David's example be a lesson (or warning) to us?
g. What are some examples of life-long consequences that could happen, if you or someone you knew were to commit sexual sin? Don't forget that consequences can effect many people - even those who are not directly involved in the sin. (We will look more at this issue, later.)

The Women at the Well - John 4:1-42

a. Who did Jesus tell her to go and get?
b. How many husbands did she have?
c. What did Jesus offer the woman?
d. How did the women respond, after Jesus told her all about herself? (What effect did Jesus' words have on the woman herself?)
e. What was the final outcome of these events? (Note that the lesson Jesus taught the disciples, in verses 35-38, was about to be demonstrated!)
f. How can this example be a lesson (of hope) for us?


  David's sin involved a willful rejection of moral obligations he clearly understood. (He knew what the Bible said, before he sinned.) The woman at the well did not have such a clear understanding of the Bible. Though both were forgiven, but David was told that he would experience some severe consequences.
a. What lessons might we be able to learn from this?
b. Is there a difference between willful sin and sin done in ignorance? (If so, explain.)
c. Read Luke 12:47-48. These are Jesus' concluding remarks in his parable about the faithful and wise manager (or steward). How does the principle at the end of v. 48 apply to what we are studying here?
d. If we willfully reject the truth we know, what right to we have to expect God's blessings?
e. Read Hebrews 12:14-17. In what ways could Esau be a warning to us?
  Consequences can go far beyond the effects that you and your partner may experience. They go far beyond the immediate threat of disease and pregnancy, and can occur in unexpected ways. Worse yet, they can affect innocent people around you - people who have not committed the sin. Furthermore, if you are unwilling to repent, you could become involved in additional sins, perhaps even murder (such as abortion) - and thus increase the horrible consequences and suffering experienced by those who are innocent. Ultimately, there can even be eternal consequences - not just for you, but for others, as well.
f. Can you be forgiven, if you repent and turn from your sins? ______________________________
g. Will that erase all the consequences? (If not, which ones will it erase?)

Even if you don't have to pay the eternal consequences, someone still has to pay. Who might that be? Jesus. Don't ever forget this: SIN ALWAYS HAS CONSEQUENCES!

Dennis Hinks © 2005

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