David did not know what an honorable man served him

2 Samuel Bible Background

04.24.2017 – Old Testament: 2Sa 11.10–13

To read the Bible in a year, read Second Samuel 10–12 on April 24, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

David committed adultery with Bathsheba and she became pregnant. David then had her husband, Uriah, brought home from a battle in the hopes that he would sleep with his wife and it would appear that he was the father. However, this happened instead,

So when they told David, saying, “Uriah did not go down to his house,” David said to Uriah, “Did you not come from a journey? Why did you not go down to your house?” And Uriah said to David, “The ark and Israel and Judah are dwelling in tents, and my lord Joab and the servants of my lord are encamped in the open fields. Shall I then go to my house to eat and drink, and to lie with my wife? As you live, and as your soul lives, I will not do this thing.” Then David said to Uriah, “Wait here today also, and tomorrow I will let you depart.” So Uriah remained in Jerusalem that day and the next. Now when David called him, he ate and drank before him; and he made him drunk. And at evening he went out to lie on his bed with the servants of his lord, but he did not go down to his house (2 Samuel 11.10–13). 

We know of David’s sin in this matter, but look at the honorable thinking of one of David’s mighty men. Uriah was the kind of man that every national leader needs, but may leaders treat such men honorably instead of doing what David did.

Questions:

  • What matters to you: Having your wishes filled? Or, doing what is honorable even at your own expense?
  • Do you expect service or do you serve others?

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