Lord, You have given me the dignity of being a royal heir. Let me walk in a way that represents the family name well.
Read 2 Samuel 11:1-27
 In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king’s men and the whole Israelite army. They destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained in Jerusalem.  One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful,  and David sent someone to find out about her. The man said, “She is Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite.”  Then David sent messengers to get her. She came to him, and he slept with her. (Now she was purifying herself from her monthly uncleanness.) Then she went back home.  The woman conceived and sent word to David, saying, “I am pregnant.”  So David sent this word to Joab: “Send me Uriah the Hittite.” And Joab sent him to David.  When Uriah came to him, David asked him how Joab was, how the soldiers were and how the war was going.  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.  But Uriah slept at the entrance to the palace with all his master’s servants and did not go down to his house.  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?”  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!”  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.  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.  In the morning David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it with Uriah.  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.”  So while Joab had the city under siege, he put Uriah at a place where he knew the strongest defenders were.  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.  Joab sent David a full account of the battle.  He instructed the messenger: “When you have finished giving the king this account of the battle,  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?  Who killed Abimelek son of Jerub-Besheth? 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.'”  The messenger set out, and when he arrived he told David everything Joab had sent him to say.  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.  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.”  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.”  When Uriah’s wife heard that her husband was dead, she mourned for him.  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. Scripture taken from the THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, NIV Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
ReflectWhat do you do in the face of temptation?
David is in the wrong place. Rather than going to the battlefield like other kings, David remains in Jerusalem (1). David knows Bathsheba is married, but it does not deter him. David tries to cover up his sin by recalling Uriah from the battlefield, even getting him drunk (13) in an effort to conceal his sin. David’s obligations to God, God’s law and his people are all overlooked in the attempt to cover up his wrongdoing.The saddest point is that Uriah does everything right but is betrayed by those he trusted. Uriah refuses to be at home with his wife while his fellow soldiers are fighting (11). The loyalty he shows to God, David and Joab is not replicated by David and Joab, who instead plot his murder (14,15). Sometimes, we may do what’s right and still end up losing. Uriah the Hittite (a non-Israelite) was a more faithful Israelite than David, Israel’s king. It can be amazing who God chooses as leaders. Sometimes we may feel that long-term, sacrificial service and obedience to God are not instantly rewarded. We should remember that God sees and hears everything and will reward us for our faithfulness in heaven, if not also on earth.
Bring to God any unconfessed sin. Pray you may be faithful to God and those around you in every area of your life.
Spirit of God, search my heart. Cleanse any secret sin and give me a pure devotion to You.
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