We always have a choice
In my last post, Bathsheba finds herself pregnant by King David. David has to make a decision. We always have a choice dear one. King David makes the wrong one. He tries to cover up his sin by first sending for Uriah, Bathsheba’s husband.
King David asks Uriah how the war is going
2 Samuel 11:5 The woman conceived and sent word to David, saying, “I am pregnant.” 6 So David sent this word to Joab: “Send me Uriah the Hittite.” And Joab sent him to David. 7 When Uriah came to him, David asked him how Joab was, how the soldiers were and how the war was going. 8 Then David said to Uriah, “Go down to your house and wash your feet.” So Uriah left the palace, and a gift from the king was sent after him.
King David’s deception is diabolical. He sends for Uriah in the guise of getting a first hand report of the war. His real purpose is to hide the fact that he’s fathered Bathsheba’s child by sending Uriah home. He hopes Uriah will make love to Bathsheba. He even sends a gift after him. Have you ever tried to purposely deceive someone dear one? Did you have to live with the consequences of that decision? Perhaps someone has deceived you. Are you in the midst of this kind of storm? God is waiting for you to turn to Him dear one.
David asks Uriah “Why didn’t you go home?”
9 But Uriah slept at the entrance to the palace with all his master’s servants and did not go down to his house. 10 David was told, “Uriah did not go home.” So he asked Uriah, “Haven’t you just come from a military campaign? Why didn’t you go home?” 11 Uriah said to David, “The ark and Israel and Judah are staying in tents, and my commander Joab and my lord’s men are camped in the open country. How could I go to my house to eat and drink and make love to my wife? As surely as you live, I will not do such a thing!” 12 Then David said to him, “Stay here one more day, and tomorrow I will send you back.” So Uriah remained in Jerusalem that day and the next. 13 At David’s invitation, he ate and drank with him, and David made him drunk. But in the evening Uriah went out to sleep on his mat among his master’s servants; he did not go home.
Like King David, have you ever gone down a road you know you shouldn’t go dear one? Have you continued down that road hoping to turn things around only to find yourself just getting more tangled in the undergrowth and finally getting lost in the mess you created? God is there in your mess dear one. Read on.
In the morning David wrote a letter
14 In the morning David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it with Uriah. 15 In it he wrote, “Put Uriah out in front where the fighting is fiercest. Then withdraw from him so he will be struck down and die.” 16 So while Joab had the city under siege, he put Uriah at a place where he knew the strongest defenders were. 17 When the men of the city came out and fought against Joab, some of the men in David’s army fell; moreover, Uriah the Hittite died.
Uriah is a man of highest principle. He has refused any physical contact with his wife because of his loyalty to God, his fellow soldiers and his commander. David’s plan fails. David has a night to sleep on his next decision. What David decides leads him further down that dark winding road of deception now pulling others into his web. David decides that Uriah must be gotten rid of, so he sends Uriah back to the battlefield with a letter to Joab which literally seals Uriah’s death warrant. Does Joab have a choice? Does Bathsheba even know that her husband has been back? For David lust, adultery, deceit, treachery and murder follow in quick succession.
Oh what a tangled web
The phrase by Walter Scott fits into this scene oh so well. ‘Oh What a tangle web when weave when at first we practice to deceive.’ Are you living with the effects of deception dear one? Cry out to God. He knows where you are.
Your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead
18 Joab sent David a full account of the battle. 19 He instructed the messenger: “When you have finished giving the king this account of the battle, 20 the king’s anger may flare up, and he may ask you, ‘Why did you get so close to the city to fight? Didn’t you know they would shoot arrows from the wall? 21 Who killed Abimelek son of Jerub-Besheth[b]? Didn’t a woman drop an upper millstone on him from the wall, so that he died in Thebez? Why did you get so close to the wall?’ If he asks you this, then say to him, ‘Moreover, your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead.’”
22 The messenger set out, and when he arrived he told David everything Joab had sent him to say. 23 The messenger said to David, “The men overpowered us and came out against us in the open, but we drove them back to the entrance of the city gate. 24 Then the archers shot arrows at your servants from the wall, and some of the king’s men died. Moreover, your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead.”
Joab is following in the king’s footsteps by covering up David’s instructions to have Uriah killed. Have others been affected by your decisions right or wrong dear one? Do you know God cares for you so deeply that He will not let you go no matter where you’ve gone? His righteousness will save you even when you fail. There will be consequences but God will walk with you dear one.
The thing David had done displeased the Lord
25 David told the messenger, “Say this to Joab: ‘Don’t let this upset you; the sword devours one as well as another. Press the attack against the city and destroy it.’ Say this to encourage Joab.”
26 When Uriah’s wife heard that her husband was dead, she mourned for him. 27 After the time of mourning was over, David had her brought to his house, and she became his wife and bore him a son. But the thing David had done displeased the Lord.
What’s your thing dear one? Tell God about it. He is the only One Who can untangle your web self-made or made by others. He wants to restore you and have a relationship with you. He loves you.