If you have been teaching the grace of God in its purity for any length of time, you will have faced this rhetorical question: So we can just go out and murder someone and still go to heaven? The following verses present a very heinous crime committed by a very well-known believer. The indictment conspiracy to commit murder! A crime that by today’s standards would be punishable by death or life in prison without the possibility of parole! Should this crime have been committed in this era, it would possess enough motivational twists and diabolical cover-up to merit its own primetime crime drama!
It happened in the spring of the year, 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 people of Ammon and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem.
Then it happened one evening that David arose from his bed and walked on the roof of the king’s house. And from the roof he saw a woman bathing, and the woman was very beautiful to behold. So David sent and inquired about the woman. And someone said, “Is this not Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?” Then David sent messengers, and took her; and she came to him, and he lay with her, for she was cleansed from her impurity; and she returned to her house. And the woman conceived; so she sent and told David, and said, “I am with child.”
Then David sent to Joab, saying, “Send me Uriah the Hittite.” And Joab sent Uriah to David. When Uriah had come to him, David asked how Joab was doing, and how the people were doing, and how the war prospered. And David said to Uriah, “Go down to your house and wash your feet.” So Uriah departed from the king’s house, and a gift of food from the king followed him. But Uriah slept at the door of the king’s house with all the servants of his lord, and did not go down to his house. So when they told David, saying, “Uriah did not go down to his house,” David said to Uriah, “Did you not come from a journey? Why did you not go down to your house?”
And Uriah said to David, “The ark and Israel and Judah are dwelling in tents, and my lord Joab and the servants of my lord are encamped in the open fields. Shall I then go to my house to eat and drink, and to lie with my wife? As you live, and as your soul lives, I will not do this thing.”
Then David said to Uriah, “Wait here today also, and tomorrow I will let you depart.” So Uriah remained in Jerusalem that day and the next. Now when David called him, he ate and drank before him; and he made him drunk. And at evening he went out to lie on his bed with the servants of his lord, but he did not go down to his house.
In the morning it happened that David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it by the hand of Uriah. And he wrote in the letter, saying, “Set Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retreat from him, that he may be struck down and die.” So it was, while Joab besieged the city, that he assigned Uriah to a place where he knew there were valiant men. Then the men of the city came out and fought with Joab. And some of the people of the servants of David fell; and Uriah the Hittite died also. ~ II Samuel 11:1-17
I am by no means condoning abhorrent behavior; I am just trying to invoke a measure of critical thinking in regards to the rhetorical nonsense those of a legal mind pose when faced with the unconditional love of the Father towards those who are His! Need I remind everyone, that David was spoken of as a man after Gods own heart; and with that said, shouldn’t we as New Testament saints at least present the same grace given by God to the Old Testament patriarchs? I should think so! After all, we are reading from the same book aren’t we? Do you think David is in heaven?
George L. Miller
P.S. If David were not king of Israel at the time of this crime, he would have had more rocks flying at him than a meteor shower! Just sayin!