November 10, Ⅱ Samuel 11:10

Ⅱ Samuel 11:10

‟And when they had told David, saying, Uriah went not down unto his house, David said unto Uriah, Camest thou not from thy journey?  Why then didst thou not go down unto thine house?”

Ah, a verse that requires the complete chapter.  A chapter of intrigue, lust, and shame.

David was a man of God, plain and simply put.  Notice, I typed, ‘man of God’.  What does that mean and how does it point to us?  It means that though David was human he was chosen by the Lord to do his works and lead his people.  David sinned.  David lusted.  David lied.  David caused the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme.  We could go on and on.  But the part that really displeased the Lord was David killed Uriah. You might say that, no, David did not kill the man with his own hand, but the Lord does not see it that way.  If you cause a man’s death, no matter it being an accident, you are responsible.  But David took it beyond the accident possibility.  He put the young man in the position that David knew he would not survive.  David did this with intent.  So, using today’s wording it was premeditated.  It was planned.

Now let us look at Uriah.  He was a soldier, he was a husband, he was a man, plain and simply put.  Nowhere does it say Uriah was a ‘man of God’, but he was a man of integrity.  Why would I say this?  He chose not to go home to his wife after coming in from a battle field.  So, when David asked him why he did not go home we have to wonder exactly what the emotions that David was feeling.  Fear, confusion, shame?  He certainly did not understand why the young man did not return home to his wife.

Here we could talk about the sins of the fathers, and we could talk about how each of us are no better than David.  We could delve into the next chapters, but I want us to stay with just this verse.

Ⅱ Samuel 11:10

‟And when they had told David, saying, Uriah went not down unto his house, David said unto Uriah, Camest thou not from thy journey?  Why then didst thou not go down unto thine house?”

When we look in our mirrors, which do we want to see?  David? Or Uriah?  Are we like David in that we are a little too cocky in our attitudes?  Are we too sure we are a chosen person?  Do we think we can do something and not have to suffer the consequences?  David had finally gotten to that place in life that he thought he was smarter than the men he commanded and ruled over.  He had let his desires and lust overcome him.  He acted without thought of the outcome.  I never read that David felt any remorse over what he had done.  Yes, he was upset that the child died.  But for his own actions he was not remorseful.  David did not do as his Lord would have him do, but Uriah was the one that was showing respect to his master, his fellow men, and the Ark.  Uriah showed esteem to those that slept in tents, for he knew he was not any more important.

We should also address David’s causing others to blaspheme.  When we do things that are contrary to what the Lord wishes, we are the ones that enable others to talk about our religion in a negative way.   If a sinner sees a Christian do something wrong then they will point out that our Lord is not that great, because he allows that ‘Christian’ to sin.  And if that ‘Christian can get by with it why can’t they.  Much less they will think that they are much better than the ‘Christian.’ because they do not hide, sneak, or lie about their sins.

This is what the Spirit has pressed on me.  The lack of being remorseful.  And as Christians how easy it is for us to cause others to blaspheme.  Yes, David repented.  But he was never saddened over what he did.  He never showed self-reproach.  It never says he felt guilty.  So, if you are not remorseful how can you give an apology?  Even if we think of ourselves as ‘men of God’, are we just as human as David?  Do we show the integrity of Uriah?  We should be leery of what we do.  Each and every action has consequences.  The Lord told David that the sword would follow his family forever.  Please do not take this lightly.

Ⅱ Samuel 11:10

‟And when they had told David, saying, Uriah went not down unto his house, David said unto Uriah, Camest thou not from thy journey?  Why then didst thou not go down unto thine house?”

 

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