Uriah’s death warrant
In my last blog, David is informed by Bathsheba that she is pregnant by him. David tries to get Bathsheba’s husband Uriah to sleep with her. He does this by sending for Uriah from the battlefield. He then tries every means possible to get Uriah to go home to Bathsheba. When this doesn’t work, he sends Uriah back to the battlefield with a sealed letter to his captain Joab. Inside is Uriah’s death warrant. In a nutshell, David tells Joab to make sure Uriah is placed in the heat of the battle without any protection from the rest of the army. Have you ever felt unprotected and vulnerable dear one? You will see in this story that Bathsheba is not at fault, David is. Read on.
When a messenger is sent to tell David that Uriah is dead, Bathsheba takes the allotted time to mourn for him, traditionally seven days or at the most thirty days if the person is important. David then takes Bathsheba to the palace and she becomes his wife. Problem solved right? No one is going to know what really went on behind closed doors. No one is going to know what was in that sealed letter except David’s loyal captain right? Wrong.
Secrets revealed – 2 Samuel 11:26 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.
God Knows You and Loves You
Is there something you have done in secret dear one? Is there something that has been done to you in secret which makes you afraid to reveal it? Have either of those caused you to stop your relationship with God? God knows you and loves you. He knows where you are and what you’re going through. He wants to restore you. Read on to see how God worked in David and Bathsheba’s situation.
God sends Nathan to reveal David’s Secret
God loves us so much. He works in our lives to bring us back to Himself. Often He uses others. Nathan is such a man. God sends Nathan to reveal David’s Secret. He comes to David and tells him the story of a rich man and a poor man who live in the same town.
12 The Lord sent Nathan to David. When he came to him, he said, “There were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor. 2 The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle, 3 but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him.
4 “Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who had come to him.”
Bathsheba is the little ewe lamb
In this series, I’ve talked about the women in Jesus genealogy from Matthew 1. Twice widowed Tamar, her black widow’s weeds signifies our sin-filled hopelessness. Rahab, the woman from Jericho who let down the scarlet red cord signifies Jesus shed blood on the cross, rescuing us from our sin. Bathsheba is the little ewe lamb in Nathan’s story to David. She represents the white clean pureness of God’s forgiveness. Read on to see why.
5 David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, “As surely as the Lord lives, the man who did this must die! 6 He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity.”
7 Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man! This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. 8 I gave your master’s house to you, and your master’s wives into your arms. I gave you all Israel and Judah. And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more.
Note that Nathan does not put any blame on Bathsheba. Have you been falsely accused dear one? Or have you purposely harmed someone and feel you cannot be forgiven? God already knows all about it. He desires to restore you to Himself even through the consequences that may follow.
9 Why did you despise the word of the Lord by doing what is evil in his eyes? You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife to be your own. You killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. 10 Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house, because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.’
11 “This is what the Lord says: ‘Out of your own household I am going to bring calamity on you. Before your very eyes I will take your wives and give them to one who is close to you, and he will sleep with your wives in broad daylight. 12 You did it in secret, but I will do this thing in broad daylight before all Israel.’”
13 Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.”
David, upon hearing the reason behind the story, immediately repents. Oh dear one. It is when we repent that God can do his restorative work in our lives.
Stay tuned. David and Bathsheba’s story is not over. Neither is yours dear one. God is writing your story. Let Him guide you each day. You can trust Him.