Most people are familiar with the story of David and Bathsheba. It is found in this section of scripture. David had an affair with Bathsheba when he should have been at war with his troops. The woman’s husband is Uriah, one of David’s mighty men and closest friends. Bathsheba ends up pregnant and David commits an even worse sin by having Uriah killed in battle to cover the whole thing up.
What many people miss in this story is the character of Uriah. Let’s take a look at that. After Bathsheba becomes pregnant by David, David has Uriah sent home in hopes that he will go to his wife and make it look like she is pregnant by him.
2 Samuel 11:8–9 (NKJV) — 8 And David said to Uriah, “Go down to your house and wash your feet.” So Uriah departed from the king’s house, and a gift of food from the king followed him. 9 But Uriah slept at the door of the king’s house with all the servants of his lord, and did not go down to his house.
So David sends Uriah home, but Uriah doesn’t even enter his house. He sleeps outside the door. That seems strange. Uriah has been away at war and hasn’t been with his wife in a long time. You would think he would want to be with her. But Uriah’s response is amazing.
2 Samuel 11:10–11 (NKJV) — 10 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?” 11 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.”
Any other time, Uriah would have gone to his wife. But, the Ark of God and the soldiers of Israel and Judah are at war, dwelling in tents. Uriah knew one thing was more important than his personal pleasure and comfort. God had work to do and Uriah hadn’t finished it. Uriah took seriously the calling of God. Uriah knew that he needed to deny himself to finish God’s work. This is the mindset that every man of God should have. We should be at war when God calls us to war and we should be serious enough about it to make it the most important thing in our life.
We find this same mindset in Jesus Christ.
Luke 9:51–53 (NKJV) — 51 Now it came to pass, when the time had come for Him to be received up, that He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem, 52 and sent messengers before His face. And as they went, they entered a village of the Samaritans, to prepare for Him. 53 But they did not receive Him, because His face was set for the journey to Jerusalem.
When it was Jesus’ time to go to His death, He did not waver. He “set His face” towards his goal. This means that He would let nothing turn Him aside from what He was called to do. Uriah did the same thing. He would not even let being with his wife turn him from doing what he was called to do.
Are you steadfast in what God has called you to do? Is your face set towards the goal?
In His Service, Scott
This Week’s Reading Plan:
- Day 1 – 2 Samuel 16-18
- Day 2 – 2 Samuel 19-21
- Day 3 – 2 Samuel 22-24
- Day 4 – 1 Kings 1-2
- Day 5 – 1 Kings 3-5
- Day 6 – 1 Kings 6-7
- Day 7 – 1 Kings 8-9