“…and retreat from him.”– 2 Samuel 11:15
David’s affair with Bathsheba is one of the most famous stories in the Bible. Even those who have never opened up God’s Word can tell it. And yet, the lessons are passed over not only by the world but also by Christians. We see the evidence of these unlearned lessons in the chaos of society today.
Uriah was a faithful man to God, his men, and his king. He was so honorable that when David had him brought home, Uriah slept outside among the men of war rather than taking comfort in his own home. It weighed on Uriah, and he could not bring himself to enjoy the pleasures of life for himself while the ark of God and the others slept in tents. He was a good man attempting to serve and please the Lord. He was unaware of the betrayal happening behind the scenes. The worst part is that the plot against him was conceived by his own nation’s leader.
King David had Uriah placed in the “hottest battle” up on the front lines to cover up his sin. They knew Uriah was a fighter and would go down swinging. To ensure certain death, David commanded his leaders to retreat from him as Uriah pressed forward. The sin of envy and lust murdered a righteous man performing the will of God.
The Bible says, “You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war” (James 4:2). Lust and envy are passionate desires that can keep the tightest grip on the holiest people. They often cause hatred toward others, even within the Church. It may not be a hatred that is immediately identified. It slowly grows. If not repented, they can quickly promote the death of a reputation of an otherwise godly person. May we never try to cover up this sin. May it be confessed immediately and put to rest. You can then be assured you will not retreat from fellow workers in the faith. You will desire to fight alongside them in the spiritual battles of today.
“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”– Exodus 20:16-17