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What Is Wrong With This Picture?? – King David

One evening David arose from his couch and was walking on the roof of the king’s house, when from there he saw a woman bathing; and she was very lovely to behold.( 2 Samuel 11:2)

Hey Neighbor! 

I want you to pay close attention to the scripture above…

I need you to notice that I have boldened and italicized the first clause in the sentence that reads: “One evening, David arose from his couch”

Now You might say….Tam, What is that all about??

Please bear with me for a moment…

Have you ever completed one of those fun kid activities from a magazine, where you have to search through a picture or photo to find: What’s wrong with this picture??

Well, that is my question to you today, regarding King David-

What’s wrong with him??

Is he sick or ill??

Why has the King of Israel/Judah been dozing the whole day away??

The sun is going down and David is just now getting up??

Scripture tells us that David was not sick, so he should not have been in bed, but he should have been away at war, with his commander, Joab and the remainder of his soldiers.

  • IN THE spring, when kings go forth to battle, David sent Joab with his servants and all Israel, and they ravaged the Ammonites [country] and besieged Rabbah. But David remained in Jerusalem. (2 Samuel11:1)

Instead of David wielding his sling shot and/or his sword against the infamous Ammonites, David was at home wielding the wrong tools!!

They say, an idle mind is the devil’s workshop and trust me….this is not going to end well for David!!

You see, David had spotted the lovely Bathsheba, washing herself upon her roof, while he was lazily walking about upon his roof.

Had David gone up to the roof that evening, with his lyre in hand to play a pleasing tune for The Lord??

Had he gone up to the rooftop to write a psalm to the Lord, in praise for His marvelous works??

No!! You see, David had become an ‘idle’ king and the devil had therefore equipped him with an assortment of tools from his wicked workshop!!

So, David inquired about this lovely woman and learned that she was a married woman…She was the wife of Uriah, the Hittite.

This means that David could not take Bathsheba as his wife, nor could he take her into his harem of concubines, because this would be considered a heinous crime in Israel;

But….because David had become the most powerful person in Israel, he overstepped the Levitical law.

After all, he now sits in the highest position of power and authority in all of the land-

David is the Law!!

David sends for Bathsheba, commits adultery with her, and quietly sends her back home- probably to bathe again!!

And none should be the wiser – right??

Except that David and Bathsheba have made a baby!!

  • And David sent messengers and took her. And she came in to him, and he lay with her–for she was purified from her uncleanness. Then she returned to her house. And the woman became pregnant and sent and told David, I am with child (2Sa 11:4)

Yes! David has gotten Bathsheba pregnant, and now he must dig deeper into satan’s tool-bag, seeking to find a weapon he can use to conceal his dirty little secret.

So David decides to call forth Uriah from the battlefront, under false pretenses…

  • David sent to Joab, saying, Send me Uriah the Hittite. So Joab sent [him] Uriah. (2Sa 11:6) When Uriah had come to him, David asked him how Joab was, how the people fared, and how the war progressed (2Sa 11:7)

By no means does David need a foot soldier to give him a progress report from the battle!!

What David wants is for Uriah to go home and to sleep with his wife Bathsheba!!

David is wielding deception, in hopes that in nine month’s time, Uriah will believe that Bathsheba’s newborn belongs to him (Uriah) – and not to David!!

But here is the Problem: Uriah refuses to go home to sleep with his wife!!

So David tries several different tools, over several days, in attempts to trick Uriah into having intercourse with his wife…including getting Uriah drunk, but they all fail!!

  • And David said to Uriah, Remain here today also, and tomorrow I will let you depart. So Uriah remained in Jerusalem that day and the next. David invited him, and he ate with him and drank, so that he made him drunk; but that night he went out to lie on his bed with the servants of his lord and did not go down to his house (2Sa 11:12)

So now the king must take direct counsel with the ‘subtil’ one….for he has many fiery arrows in his quiver!!

But this time, satan recommends that David put away his tool-bag, and instead suggests that the ‘king’ wield the power of the ‘pen!’

Well, What can David possibly do with a puny pen that could possibly fix this great big mess that he has made for himself??

Well David is going to have Uriah killed, and David has now pondered and has planned to sign Uriah’s death sentence – Literally!!

Yes!

King David is going to literally, write the sentence(s), sign the the letter, and seal the letter shut with his very own signet ring!!

  • In the morning David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it with Uriah. And he wrote in the letter, Put Uriah in the front line of the heaviest fighting and withdraw from him, that he may be struck down and die (2 Samuel 11:14)

What’s even worse, is that in addition to the King sending Uriah to deliver his very own death notice, David has now made Joab an accomplice to the pre-meditated murder of an innocent man!!

You say what??.…Is this the same David??

The one who God has described as a man after His own heart??’

  • But now your (Saul’s) kingdom shall not continue; the Lord has sought out [David] a man after His own heart…(1 Samuel 13:14)

Yes!!

This is That Same David!!

And You Know that I love him 💕dearly, but today I have to spill the tea on my favorite Bible character David, but I won’t spill it all…I’m going to save a little for tomorrow.

But Tomorrow, I am also going to attempt to explain where my poor, pitiful David went wrong…

You see…Something happened to David long before he laid on his couch that morning and dozed the day away…

So be sure to stop by tomorrow..

I will have the the tea brewing!!

Until Then,

God Loves💕You and So Do I!!

-Tam

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14 thoughts on “What Is Wrong With This Picture?? – King David

  1. That’s a great point…Uriah was one of David’s might men and dedicated to war! I wish I knew whether they were newly weds,🤷🏽‍♀️but I kind of suspect that if they were indeed newlyweds, that even a mountain could not have kept Uriah away from Bathsheba😇

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  2. I think Uriah was also to blame for his wife’s indiscretion. He should never have left his bride to go off to war. I believe he was newly married and the law stated that you should not go to war until after a year. He was too committed to war. This does not justify the King’s behavior.

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