This is a story about David and Bathsheba and it begins with, then it came to pass, after time when kings go forth to battle, that David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the children of Ammon, and besieged Rabbah. But David tarried still at Jerusalem. (2 Samuel 11:1 – 15)
David wanted to stay behind, I suspect, to prevent him from being confronted by the hazards of war and fighting on a battlefield. This is where he, as a king, should have been but instead he wanted to lavish in sleep and rest and to partake in the many luxuries he felt he was entitled to as a king.
One evening David arose from his bed and walked out onto the roof of the king’s house and while he was there he spotted a woman washing herself. She was a beautiful woman and David couldn’t take his eyes off of her. A lust built within until he knew he had to do something about it.
David may have been suffering from depression or maybe a mid-life crisis in his life at the time; one thing for sure, he wasn’t on the battlefield where he belonged. This reminds me of many of us in our society today, we drift away from where we should be and find ourselves in the midst of worldly temptations and desires to taste the fruit of the vine and we know it’s wrong for us. Attraction nags at our minds until we finally given-in and step over the boundary line; I believe this is exactly what happened in David’s life too.
David’s lust for this woman caused him to send and inquire about her. He found out that her name was Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite. He sent messengers to take her; and she came unto him, and he lay with her; for she was purified from her uncleanness and was returned back to her house. I do believe Bathsheba would have remained a pure wife had it not been for the fear of being killed by the kings’ men and it was more than she could bear and she knew she had to go.
Can you see here David allowed his lust for Bathsheba to overrule his mind? He didn’t know if Bathsheba was married or unmarried, he knew he was lusting after this woman and he had to have her to satisfy his lusting desire. I do not believe David’s initial thought was to sin but a weakness to satisfy a strong craving tempting him until he no longer could refuse it. We all know those cravings that draw us to taste of a forbidden fruit and it can cause us to give into the ripeness on the vines too.
This is what happens to people too, we allow the desires for self-satisfaction to overshadow what is right or wrong in our lives. Temptation is a dangerous thing in all avenues of sinning; and a lot of the time, it overpowers us to become a sinner before we know what we’re actually doing. Temptation is strong and powerful and it has caused many to sin and to come short of God’s glory.
Bathsheba sent word to David that she had conceived and the child she was carrying was his; and when David received this information, he immediately sent a message to Joab to send Uriah the Hittite, Bathsheba’s husband, to him.
Can you see here that David’s lust was not particularly to find a wife but for the sheer satisfaction of satisfying his own desire to quench his sinful thirst? When Bathsheba sprung a surprise on David, he sent for her husband to come to him. I’d like to point out here that people who falter and commit sins; there are usually consequences they have to pay for their sins. Many times the hardships they receive as a consequence are massive and they lose their family and friends due to divorce, etc. Sin usually comes back to slap us hard in the face and with a huge problem to bear.
When Uriah came to David, he was instructed to go to his house and to wash his feet, and as Uriah started to leave the king’s house, he was given a mess of meat by the king. Uriah did not leave but stopped instead and slept at the king’s door. Uriah was smart enough to realize what David was doing for him was wrong eventhough he did not know David had bed his wife.
David’s servants reported back to him that Uriah did not go home as he had instructed him to do. David approached Uriah and asked him why he did not go to his house? Uriah told David, The ark, and Israel, and Judah, abides in tents; and my lord Joab and his servants are encamped in open fields; shall I then go into my house, to eat and to drink, and to lie with my wife? Uriah said to David as you live, and as your soul lives, I will not do this thing.
Uriah continued to stay at the king’s house for a couple more days. David hurried up and wrote a letter to Joab and ordered Uriah to deliver it to him. In the letter David told Joab to place Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and for Joab to leave him and allow him to die there.
The men of the city went out and fought with Joab and there fell some of the people of the servants of David, including Uriah who died there too.
Here’s where we see how lust and temptation can cause people to continue to sin to cover up a sin they’ve committed; one sin follows another sin and another until we’re lost in a world of total darkness full of sin.
David knew Bathsheba would be free to continue satisfying his lusts and wishes and the best way to take advantage of the situation was to have Uriah die on the battlefield. In my opinion, David is as guilty as if he pulled the trigger and murdered Uriah himself. This leaves me with the opinion, we can die and become empty within ourselves because of the sins we’ve allowed ourselves to commit; thus, we often find out how one sin can lead to another sin until we end up as low as a snake crawling upon the earth.
The Holy Bible King James Version & the Old Testament – 2 Samuel 11: 1 – 15
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This article is the sole interpretation of the writer Barbara Ann Smith – 2 Samuel 11: 1 – 15