2 Samuel 11:5 – And the woman conceived, so she sent and told David and said, “I am with child.”
When we are in a panic, we don’t make wise decisions. If we try to cover up the wrong we have done, we‘ll just make a bigger mess. Why is it so hard to just admit we did something wrong? I guess it’s the same reason some people won’t say, “I’m sorry.”
David was in a panic! He had slept with another man’s wife and now she was carrying his child. He sets a plan in motion that can only backfire.
2 Samuel 11:6 – Then David sent to Joab, saying, “Send me Uriah the Hittite.” And Joab sent Uriah to David.
So, Joab sends for Uriah and Uriah goes before the king. David starts asking about Joab; how you doing; are you making progress in the battle? Then David makes it seem as though it’s a reward for coming to him and sends Uriah home with food for his entire household. He tells him to stay there for the night. But the next morning David finds out Uriah didn’t go home and he had stayed outside with the servants (2 Samuel 11:7-13)
Plan 1 – failure! So, here is Uriah, the good and faithful warrior sleeping at the palace door instead of going home. The very next day he got Uriah drunk thinking surely he’ll go home and sleep with his wife now. Nope, not a chance. Uriah wasn’t going home to his wife or a warm bed while his comrades were out in a field somewhere. That alone should have made David ashamed. This foot soldier had more integrity than the king of Israel did.
David is going to have to escalate his plan. (Oh, what tangled webs we weave.)
This next plot is really heartless on David‘s part. He sends a message to Joab, by the hand of Uriah, to the battlefield for Uriah to be put on the frontline.
2 Samuel 11:15 – And he wrote in the letter saying, “Set Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retreat from him, that he may be struck down and die.”
There’s always one other person that knows what we have done, besides God.
Joab did as he was ordered. He put Uriah on the frontline and retreated. Uriah was killed (2 Samuel 11:16-18).
David has now dragged another person into his plot. Joab probably put two and two together, but realized this information would come in handy later on, if he kept quiet. We call this “job security,” or “black mail.”
Joab was not a person of integrity. He knew exactly what David was asking him to do.
When someone asks us to be part of a plot to deceive another, we say no! When you are a Bible believing Christian, deception should be plain.
Making excuses and reasoning with ourselves will make us think, “This will all work out, or no one will know.”
After a few days of respectable mourning her husband, Bathsheba is sent for by David (2 Samuel 11:27). (Just what exactly is respectable mourning?)
I think God put this part of David’s life into scripture to show us how deception and sin can have devastating consequences. How could a man, anointed by God, blessed beyond imagination, murder another, and take his wife?
Because, like David, we’ve all been led by the flesh instead of being led by the spirit, what we desire, and lust for. There is nothing more damning than “hidden sin.” If you want to know the anguish David felt over what he had done, read Psalm 32:3, 4 – When I kept silent, my bones grew old through my groaning all the daylong. (4) For day and night Your hand was heavy on me; and Psalm 51:3, 4 – for I acknowledged my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. (4) Against You, You only have I sinned, and done this evil in Your sight-that You may be found just when You speak, and blameless when You judge.
I have had people ask me before, “Why do I feel so condemned when I know I shouldn’t drink alcohol and then do?” They would stop for a while and think they were delivered and then pressure from their surrounding friends would encourage them to do it again. The next day would be agonizing for them. My simple answer would always be, “Find some different friends to hang out with.” Stop associating with people who will entice you to fall back on the area you are weak in. As long as the enemy knows, you have a struggle in a certain area, that’s what he will continually tempt you with.
In David’s case, he thought the only two people who knew what he and Bathsheba had done were them. Not so. You can’t hide a baby in the belly.