We are but Men

Memba Ben By Memba Ben, 31st Jul 2017 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/17yt76ox/
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King David was the greatest of Israel’s kings. The kingdom prospered in his time like it did in no other. But David still committed a sin in God’s eyes and despite how virtuous you may be, God will not hesitate to show us through the heroes of the faith that sin comes at great cost.

No one is above God's Judgement.

Everyone knows that King David was a great man. He was gracious, fair, kind, courageous, and kind hearted.

Everyone familiar with the Bible also recognizes that David killed a man to be with his wife.

This is a story about the latter.

During this point in his life, David was king and a great one at that. But at the time, he didn’t have a wife. Now while the Israelites waged war, King David chose to stay home in Jerusalem and sent the rest of the Israelite army to war on his behalf. It is alleged that one evening, while walking along the roof of his palace, he saw a lady bathing. David might’ve been a paragon of virtue but he was still a man, and all men are weak when it comes to beautiful women.

Like any other man would, King David stood there and marveled at her beauty. But unlike us ordinary folk, David had the advantage of being king and in those times, kings got whatever they wanted.

And David wanted that lady.

He sent some guys after her to bring her to the palace and she obliged. After all, it’s not every day a king calls for you. Things were going quite well for David until he found out she was married.

Now, surely a man as highly regarded as David will end things over there and call it a night, right?

David might’ve been a king, a fair and just man and all those great things but he was still a man and men are prone to temptation.

Forsaking all his level headedness, David gave in to his desires, spent the night with Bathsheba and sent her home once the deed was done.

All went well for David until Bathsheba sent word that she was pregnant with David’s child. At this point, David began to get nervous that his sin would now be found out so he came up with a plan to cover it up. Essentially, he wanted Uriah (Bathsheba’s husband) to come back and spend the night with his wife so that Bathsheba could claim that Uriah got her pregnant. However, the plan didn’t work because Uriah felt that he shouldn’t indulge in pleasures while his brothers were at away from their wives, waging war.

Defeated and desperate, David came up with another plan:

2 Samuel (New International Version)

14. In the morning David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it with Uriah.

15. In it he wrote, "Put Uriah in the front line where the fighting is fiercest. Then withdraw from him so he will be struck down and die."


David could’ve just owned up to his mistake but nope, he decides to kill the guy.

Uriah gave Joab the letter and Joab followed the plan to the T, resulting in Uriah’s death.

18. Joab sent David a full account of the battle.

19. He instructed the messenger: "When you have finished giving the king this account of the battle,

20. the king's anger may flare up, and he may ask you, 'Why did you get so close to the city to fight? Didn't you know they would shoot arrows from the wall?

21. Who killed Abimelech son of Jerub-Besheth? Didn't a woman throw an upper millstone on him from the wall, so that he died in Thebez? Why did you get so close to the wall?' If he asks you this, then say to him, 'Also, your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead.' "

22. The messenger set out, and when he arrived he told David everything Joab had sent him to say.

23. The messenger said to David, "The men overpowered us and came out against us in the open, but we drove them back to the entrance to the city gate.

24. Then the archers shot arrows at your servants from the wall, and some of the king's men died. Moreover, your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead."

25. David told the messenger, "Say this to Joab: 'Don't let this upset you; the sword devours one as well as another. Press the attack against the city and destroy it.' Say this to encourage Joab."


Uriah’s wife found out that he died and she mourned for him and like a knight in shining armour, David came in to comfort and eventually marry her.

27. After the time of mourning was over, David had her brought to his house, and she became his wife and bore him a son. But the thing David had done displeased the Lord.

God was less than pleased at how David handled the situation and 2 Samuel 12:14 implies that the death of David's son was meant to be a lesson to others who were disobeying God that no one can escape judgement after commiting a sin.

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