The Selflessness of Uriah the Hittite

2 Samuel 11:3-24Uriah, David and Bathsheeba Contains the story of how King David conspired to kill Uriah, the husband of Bathsheba.  David saw Bathsheba bathing from afar and desired to have her as one of his wives.  So, he committed adultery with her while her husband was away with the other men of valor fighting Ammon at Rabbah.  David, as well as Bathsheba, was very wrong in their sin.  The Bible says that you can be sure your sin will find you out (Num. 32:21), and this is exactly what happened—Bathsheba became pregnant. 

To cover his sin, King David planned to bring Uriah home from the battle under the false pretenses of having him carry a report of the battle to the king.  His plan was that; Uriah would come home and sleep with his wife.  Therefore he would think that the coming baby would be Uriah’s and not someone else’s.  What the king did not plan for was the utter dedication of this Hittite to the Lord and to his brothers in arms.

Uriah refused to go home to his wife.  He slept on the steps of the palace instead.  He reasoned to David, “The ark, and Israel, and Judah, abide in tents; and my lord Joab, and the servants of my lord, are encamped in the open fields; shall I then go into mine house, to eat and to drink, and to lie with my wife?”  Eventually, the king had him murdered; just to cover up his sin.

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The Lord has dealt with me concerning the selflessness of Uriah.  He was truly a righteous man.  He would not do for himself what the others in his arena of influence could not do.  His service to the Lord was more important to him than the orders of the King or even his own wife.  He was truly a man who put God first and his neighbors second.  To gain a testimony like Uriah’s takes a degree of dedication that precious few ever reach.  For many years, as I read about Uriah, I thought, “didn’t he know that Bathsheba was certainly going to find out he was in town?”  And, “What would she think of a husband that came back home for a leave, and didn’t even come to see her?”  I was thinking wrong.  I had missed the dosage of love that this sinful passage contained.  Uriah loved immensely; it is just that he loved God first.

Of course he was wronged. His wife was taken from him; she cheated on him; he was conspired against; and finally he was murdered while fighting in the hottest part of the battle on the very front lines.  But, during all of this, Uriah firmly loved God and his comrades even more than his own life.  He died alone on the battle field.  It would seem that his life was a waste, but it was not.  God used the testimony of Uriah to change the King.  It was a reminder to him about how to be a man after God’s own heart (1 Sam. 13:13-14).  Perhaps it was Uriah who showed David how to be truly a “man after God’s own heart.” (Acts 13:22)

Oh that there would be more Uriah’s in the Lord’s work.

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