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 . (2 Samuel 11:27 NIV)
The darkest episode of the life of David is a sad episode to read.
It’s one thing to commit an indiscretion, it’s another thing to compound that by looking to cover it up, it is even worse when the attempted cover up fails and so murder is the last resort enacted. That these acts are committed by a man who has to this point portrayed such honour is particularly tragic.
From the comfort of reading this millennia later it is easy to criticise and condemn David’s actions. Yet there is the reality today that the same temptations to which David succumbed are prevalent today. If a man of David’s calibre can fall foul of these issues, every man and woman must be aware of their own susceptibility. David’s desire for women is hardly new, the number of wives and concubines he accumulated to this point already indicated an area of great need and thus vulnerability. It’s such an important lesson to learn seeing how he was driven to go from one wrong to the next in such a determined manner. These were not random acts of passion, these were not accidents, this was premeditated.
In great contrast is the conduct of Uriah displaying the loyalty, honour and noble character that David himself had exhibited so consistently to this point. His refusal to engage in sexual relations while he was still on duty for his King, his country and his God is striking. This does not stop David in carrying out the fatal instruction to his servant in order to be able to gain another beautiful woman.
In as much as there is an outcry of why David would do something so evil, there is a greater outcry to ask God to help me be aware of my own susceptible points. To be sensitive to the character that is pleasing to Him and not harmful to others.
It’s a sad and sobering episode to witness the extent to which a man after God’s heart who had achieved so much with God, put all that aside in pursuing a woman and doing whatever it took in a bid to cover up the consequences of that pursuit.
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden