With barely any variance, David’s ascendency has been constant from the beginning. Always capable of seeing the right, of heeding wise counsel, of submitting himself to both the LORD and to his office.
And this unaltered trajectory makes today’s story all the more shocking. At the beginning of chapter 11, the author suggests that something is amiss by intimating that at the time of the year when kings go out to battle… David remained at Jerusalem. While at Jerusalem he sees something – someone – he wants: the wife of Uriah, one of his mighty soldiers; her name is Bathsheba. The king summons and seizes. Bathsheba becomes pregnant. And David has to figure out what to do.
Listen as Uriah’s integrity plays opposite David’s treachery. The death of this Hittite – this foreigner – is among the most hauntingly tragic in the Bible. Listen as David wrangles Joab into the conspiracy to protect the king, and consider whether Joab knows what’s going on. Listen to David’s callous dialogue. And listen as the author twists the knife by referring to Bathsheba as “the wife of Uriah,” even after her husband’s death.
Pause before you turn the page to chapter 12, because there’s a weighty question hanging over this story. What will the LORD do? Will He execute the judgement on him that is prescribed in the Law of Moses? Or will He be forced to overlook this, bound by His own promise that David’s name be forever connected to the throne? Consider also David; with Bathsheba’s husband safely removed, does he believe himself safe?
The author refuses to tip his hand, allowing the dialogue to do the work, and leads only with “And the LORD sent Nathan to David…”
Our verse for this week is John 14:6: “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
2 Samuel chapters 11 and 12. Now let’s read it!
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.