NIV 2 Samuel 11.17

Verse 2 Samuel 11.17

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.

Verse 2 Samuel 11.17 When The Men Of

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The story of David and Bathsheba is very interesting. A king who sins and uses his power to cover up that sin.

At the beginning of the chapter, we can see King David sending Joab and all Israel into battle against, Amman and besieged Rabbah as he remained behind. While he idly walked on the roof of his house, he saw Bathsheba Uriah's wife bathing and he lusted after her. He later ordered his servant to go and bring Uriah's wife to him. After laying with her, he sent her home only for her to later find out that she was with a child. He became afraid of the wrath of the people of Israel if they got word of what he had done. Because her husband was away on the battlefield, King David came up with a plan to hide this sin. He asked Uriah to come back from battle and asked him to go to his house.

The main aim of this plan was so that Uriah would lay with his wife concealing the identity of the child's biological father. Smart right? But it didn't go as planned and instead Uriah slept at the door of his king's house with the servants. Uriah was asked to stay for a day or two. David did this to give Uriah enough time to sneak out and go to his wife. When he saw that his plan had completely failed, He was frustrated. He wrote to Joab ordering him to place Uriah at the front line to ensure that he is killed in battle.

Sin is like a magnet it only attracts more sin, for example when you are about to be caught in a lie, you lie to cover up the other lie. If you don't confess the truth, you will end up coming up with other lies to cover up all the other lies. Do you see where I am going with this? Let me explain how one sin maliciously led to the death of two innocent people (Bathsheba’s baby and Uriah).

First of all, He chose to remain behind instead of leading his soldiers to war neglecting the work of God and his duty as a king. When he lusted after Uriah's wife he wrongfully desired his neighbor's wife which was a sin and after he lay with her, he committed adultery. To cover up for this, David ordered that Uriah to be placed in the front line to ensure that he is killed in battle. David used his power as king not to serve but to kill one of his people. This act was malicious and self-serving as David had no right to do that in God's eyes.

We are reminded that every human, even one chosen by God is weak and he too struggles with sin. David asks God for forgiveness, and he is forgiven but he is still punished for his misdeeds. Nathan tells David that the child Bathsheba was carrying would die. We are reminded yet again that even though our sins are forgiven, we must be punished for our sins.

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