“And David sent to Joab, saying, Send me Uriah the Hittite. And Joab sent Uriah to David…” (2 Sam. 11:6).
How often do we fall into sin and make every attempt to cover our tracks so it will go unnoticed by others? The truth is that we all have engaged in this behavior at some point on our journey. In these moments, we tend to forget that there is Someone from Whom we cannot hide our actions. He sees and knows all before we ever engage in the act of sin. He allows a set of events to take place in our lives to bring these sinful acts to light. This is not to cause us harm, but to redirect us to living a life of fidelity to His standard for living in the Kingdom.
Understanding The Text
In this text, we observe David’s reaction to the young woman’s four words which threaten to expose his violation of God’s commandments (v. 6). David continues the universal human attempt to cover up his act of sin by summoning the young woman’s husband from the battle. He sends a message to Joab for Uriah the Hittite to return to the rear. No one is privy to what David has in mind. Or, so he believes.
Upon Uriah’s return, David invites him to a meal and engages him with the usual conversation and inquiry into the matters concerning the battle. After David causes Uriah to became drunk, he commands him to “…go down to thy house…” (v.8). At this point, only the reader, the narrator, David, and the messenger have knowledge of the young woman’s condition. So, David attempts to implement his plan of action to divert any suspicion and attention away from himself.
The only problem with David’s plan is that Uriah does not play along with his little charade. The text states, “But Uriah slept at the door of the king’s house with all the servants of his lord, and went not down to his house…” (v.9). In the following four verses, David is informed of Uriah’s actions and inquires into why he did not return to his home. Uriah’s response was one of a man with discipline and integrity (v.11). His response caused David to make a second attempt to manipulate Uriah into playing a role in his cover-up (v.12-13). Uriah’s actions were the same as before, which caused David to panic.
Now David realizes that he has a serious crisis on his hands, and must formulate a plan to eliminate any threat that could publicly place him in a compromising position. So, what is he going to do?
Why This Is Important To Us?
This is important to us because it teaches us that attempting to hide our sin is not the best course of action. We only tend to make matters worse when we lie and try to manipulate the circumstances in our favor. God already knows what we have done and has a way of exposing us in the light of His Presence and His Word. He does not expose us to bring shame and condemnation upon us. His only desire is to restore us to Himself so that He may cleanse us and protect us from falling into that area of sin again (1 Jn. 1:5-10).
The shame of sin causes us to run away from our Heavenly Father when we should, in fact, run towards Him. Trying to hide our sin does nothing but causes the situation to become worse than it was initially. It also has the potential to cause further damage to our relationships with God and others as well.
Sin alienates us and it causes us to isolate ourselves to prevent others from finding out what we have done. Exposure to God’s light is the only remedy that will set us in the right direction of our Heavenly Father’s house. Once we arrive home, we can rest assured that He will in no wise cast us out if we come to Him in repentance (Ps. 51:1-17; Jn. 6:37).
Sean Mungin, author of “The Thorn In The Flesh”