Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Intrique - and MURDER!

"OK Uriah, I gave you lots of chances (to cover up my sin). You have left me no choice. This is not MY fault, its YOUR fault. Now you have to die..."
"Sorry buddy. It was nice chatting with you in the palace and all... Man you are stubborn. I mean, you really didn't have to die. If you just weren't so STUBBORN! Oh well, between your life and my sin being exposed, it really is an easy choice..."

14 -15 "In the morning David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it with Uriah. In the letter he wrote, "Put Uriah in the front lines where the fighting is the fiercest. Then pull back and leave him exposed so that he's sure to be killed."

16 -17 "So Joab, holding the city under siege, put Uriah in a place where he knew there were fierce enemy fighters. When the city's defenders came out to fight Joab, some of David's soldiers were killed, including Uriah the Hittite. 18 -21 Joab sent David a full report on the battle. He instructed the messenger, "After you have given to the king a detailed report on the battle, if he flares in anger, say, 'And by the way, your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead.'" (2 Samuel 11:14-21)

Finally! Problem solved. It was harder than it needed to be. And yeah - an innocent and noble man had to die. BUT, that was all done with and now David could get on with his life.

"Then David told the messenger, "Oh. I see. Tell Joab, 'Don't trouble yourself over this. War kills—sometimes one, sometimes another—you never know who's next. Redouble your assault on the city and destroy it.' Encourage Joab."

26 -27 "When Uriah's wife heard that her husband was dead, she grieved for her husband. When the time of mourning was over, David sent someone to bring her to his house. She became his wife and bore him a son."

David doesn't worry over this poor woman's broken heart. He gets her as his seventh wife, and at least he is taking care of her. That's pretty noble and all, isn't it. I mean, the poor woman is a widow. What's a king to do?

The lesson here? One sin leads to another to another to another. At some point there needs to be repentance, confession and forgiveness. David's time is coming...

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