David’s Continued Fall Into Sin

Continuing on with the description of David’s fall into sin with Bathsheba, we see him eventually committing the indirect murder of Uriah, Bathsheba’s husband.

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 to 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.  — 2 Samuel 11:22-27

A thought occurs to me – do you wonder if Bathsheba perhaps knew exactly how David was involved in the murder of her husband?  And if so, do you wonder if she carried some sort of grudge against David for the remainder of her life?  It must have been pretty obvious to her about what happened, and there were probably rumors and stories which came back to her about her husband’s death on the battlefield.

Take note – David broke two of the ten commandments by his actions in this story – he committed both adultery and murder.  And yet, we are going to see how God forgives him.  As always, these Old Testament stories exist to tell us about the nature of God.


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