THE TIME SEQUENCE BIBLE
1095 Devotional “Trips”!
Rix W. Tillman, D. Min.
Trip 352: David and Bathsheba; David’s Deception and Treachery to Uriah
Reading assignment: __2 Samuel 11
Focal verse(s): 2 Samuel 11:1: “Then it happened in the spring, at the time when kings go out to battle, that David sent Joab and his servants with him and all Israel, and they destroyed the sons of Ammon and besieged Rabbah. But David stayed at Jerusalem.”
When spring arrived, David sent out his army commander Joab to lead an invasion against the Ammonite capital of Ammon. The unusual thing about this is that it was customary for kings to lead their troops in battle, but for some unknown reason David stayed home. One evening David was restless, so he got up and went to the rooftop of the palace and happened to see Bathsheba, wife of his neighbor Uriah, bathing out in the open on the neighboring rooftop. Bathsheba was wrong for bathing where she could be seen, but David sinned greatly in three specific ways: (1) Gazing at her…after the first look, he should have never looked again, because this led to (2) Lusting and desiring to have her. He broke the tenth commandment at this point, and (3) Premeditated sin…took deliberate steps to bring her to the palace and had sexual relations with her. She became pregnant, so David tried covering up his sin by having her husband Uriah called back from the battle so he could have sexual relations with her and then believe it was his child. Unfortunately for David, Uriah refused to sleep with his wife because he felt it was unfair for his soldier friends to be out in battle while he was home with his wife. David sunk deeper into sin by sending a letter to Joab to put Uriah in the heat of the battle. As planned, Uriah was killed and David thought he had covered his sin. After the prescribed time of mourning, David moved Bathsheba to the palace in time to deliver her son. However, because of David’s sin, the Lord put things in motion which would trouble David for the rest of his life. This is an extremely valuable lesson to us all: You cannot sin and get away with it…your sin will eventually find you out!