David’s Sin affected Uriah

Written by on 01/14/2020


2 Samuel 11 is a chapter that deals with sin, deception, betrayal  and death.  David was the apple of God’s eye (Psalms 17:8), but yet, God did not keep David’s sin out of his holy word.

2 Samuel 11:1 (KJB)  And it came to pass, after the year was expired, at the time when kings go forth to battle, that David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the children of Ammon, and besieged Rabbah. But David tarried still at Jerusalem.

     In verse 1, we see that they were at a time when kings go into battle.  David was the king of all of Israel at this time.  They destroyed the children of Ammon, and besieged Rabbah.  But, David, who should have been in the battle, stayed in Jerusalem.

2 Samuel 11:2 (KJB)   And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king’s house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon.

    David here, was being idle, while his men were out fighting.  He walks out to the roof of the king’s house, and sees, a woman (Bathsheba, Uriah’s wife), bathing herself.  This causes David, to be drawn to her by his own lust. 

  James 1:13-15 (KJB)   Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

      Bathsheba should have been more modest, and really should not have been bathing where she could be seen by others.  Could it have been her intentions to seduce David?  It is possible cause she was a willing participant in what happens later on.

2 Samuel 11:3-4 (KJB)  And David sent and enquired after the woman. And one said, Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite? And David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in unto him, and he lay with her; for she was purified from her uncleanness: and she returned unto her house.

     David enquires after the woman, meaning that he was asking about her to find out who she is.  He finds out that she is the wife of Uriah the Hittite.  David then sends out messengers.  He takes her.  Here is the willingness of Bathsheba.  She came in unto him.  David lays with her.  David sinned by having sex with a married woman.

2 Samuel 11:5 (KJB)  And the woman conceived, and sent and told David, and said, I am with child.

     Bathsheba conceived a child by David, and told David.

2 Samuel 11:6-7 (KJB)  And David sent to Joab, saying, Send me Uriah the Hittite. And Joab sent Uriah to David. And when Uriah was come unto him, David demanded of him how Joab did, and how the people did, and how the war prospered.

     David tries to be slick, calls for Uriah to be sent to him.  He then makes it look like he is calling Uriah to enquire about the people and how the battle is going, but David has other intentions.

2 Samuel 11:8-9 (KJB)  And David said to Uriah, Go down to thy house, and wash thy feet. And Uriah departed out of the king’s house, and there followed him a mess of meat from the king. But Uriah slept at the door of the king’s house with all the servants of his lord, and went not down to his house.

     David tries to get Uriah to go to his home.  David was trying to cover his sin, and hoping that Uriah would lay with his wife, thus it would look like the baby was Uriah’s and not David’s.  Uriah was a man of Valor, and was committed to his soldiers and the task at hand with the mission.  He did not go into his house, but slept at the door of the king’s house with the servants of his lord.  This was a rebuke of David, who was enjoying all the luxuries of the king’s palace, instead of being in the battle.

2 Samuel 11:10-11 (KJB)  And when they had told David, saying, Uriah went not down unto his house, David said unto Uriah, Camest thou not from thy journey? why then didst thou not go down unto thine house? And Uriah said unto David, The ark, and Israel, and Judah, abide in tents; and my lord Joab, and the servants of my lord, are encamped in the open fields; shall I then go into mine house, to eat and to drink, and to lie with my wife? as thou livest, and as thy soul liveth, I will not do this thing.

     David asks Uriah why he did not go into his house.  Uriah tells him, that he will not go into his house and enjoy pleasures while the ark, Israel and Judah abide in tents, and Joab and his servants are encamped in open fields.  What dedication Uriah had to the troops and mission!!  Praise the Lord for that!!!

2 Samuel 11:12-13 (KJB)  And David said to Uriah, Tarry here to day also, and to morrow I will let thee depart. So Uriah abode in Jerusalem that day, and the morrow. And when David had called him, he did eat and drink before him; and he made him drunk: and at even he went out to lie on his bed with the servants of his lord, but went not down to his house.

     Because David could not get Uriah to go into his house, David tries something else by getting Uriah drunk.  That still did not work.

2 Samuel 11:15 (KJB)  And he wrote in the letter, saying, Set ye Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retire ye from him, that he may be smitten, and die.

     David comes up with yet another plan. He sends out a letter and gives an order for Uriah to be sent out in the forefront of the hottest battle.  He says for the others to leave him there that he may be smitten, and die.

2 Samuel 11:16-17(KJB)  And it came to pass, when Joab observed the city, that he assigned Uriah unto a place where he knew that valiant men were. And the men of the city went out, and fought with Joab: and there fell some of the people of the servants of David; and Uriah the Hittite died also.

     David succeeded this time, and while in the hottest battle, Uriah was killed. This goes to show that not only does our sin affect us, but it also affects those around us. Let me say here, that, a Marine never leaves a soldier behind, and neither should a soldier in the Lord’s Army.   God later, deals with David and his sin and restores him.  Thank God that he is the God of second, third, etc. chances.  What a great God we serve!!!

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