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May 11, 2018

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Reading along with us in 2 Samuel? Here’s today’s reading:

2 Samuel 11 (ESV)

In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle, David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel. And they ravaged the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem.

It happened, late one afternoon, when David arose from his couch and was walking on the roof of the king’s house, that he saw from the roof a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful. And David sent and inquired about the woman. And one said, “Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?” So David sent messengers and took her, and she came to him, and he lay with her. (Now she had been purifying herself from her uncleanness.) Then she returned to her house. And the woman conceived, and she sent and told David, “I am pregnant.”...Continue Reading

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  1. 1In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle, David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel. And they ravaged the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem.

  2. Ah what mischief and sin we can get involved in when we don’t do what we are supposed to and just have time on our hands. And David’s error here is epic. David makes one mistake after another and his sin unfolds to affect more and more lives. But that is the nature of sin that sin always blinds us to: its destructive path and its ill affect on others. And then on top of that the lie we can get away with it. But then David layers it on to cover his sin. It is telling that Uriah is being more noble here than David. Not doing the very thing that would cover David’s adultery, but honoring Israel and it’s army more than David even as a Hittite. And the worse of it, Uriah pays the ultimate price for his faithfulness and honor and carries the very message that communicates the plan that will lead to his death. How seared sin makes our conscience!

    As I read, I wondered just how it played out. I wonder how Uriah felt as his comrades, the very ones he honored by not going home to his wife, withdrew from him and hung him out to dry. Also think of how many people now are complicit in David’s sin. Most of all Joab who has joined David in Uriah’s murder and loses a measure of respect for David along the way….the ripples keep growing….

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