May 11. David, Bathsheba, & Uriah

II Sam. 11:1-27; I Chron. 20:1

With the victory over the Ammonites and Syrians, it seemed that David was in an ideal position. He was faithfully serving God and being blessed because of his faithfulness. God was with him. That began to change.

When spring of the year arrived, weather conditions were more favorable for war. David sent Joab to finish destroying the Ammonites, but he stayed at home.

Temptations to sin can arise at any time and place. David was on the roof of his home and Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah, one of his most noble soldiers was inside her own home. However, David observed her bathing herself and was enamored by her beauty. The king can obtain about anything he desires. As a result of his adulterous relationship, with Bathsheba, she conceived a child.

In an attempt to cover up his sin with Bathsheba, David had Uriah returned to spend some time at home with his wife. The honorable Uriah refused the opportunity because he felt it to be unfair for him to have that privilege, considering the hardships of others.

David would be free to marry Bathsheba if she were a widow. For that reason, he had Joab to withdraw from Uriah during the heat of a battle so he would be killed. Thus David added the sin of murder to his adultery. “But the thing that David had done displeased the Lord.” He was a man after God’s own heart, but God did not condone any of his sins.