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She of Uriah

Mac McCarthy

Dec 10, 2023

Bottom Line

Following Jesus involves pledging your full allegiance to King Jesus.

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Jesse fathered David the king, David fathered Solomon by she of Uriah
Matthew 1:6
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 brought destruction on the sons of Ammon and besieged Rabbah. But David stayed in Jerusalem. Now at evening time David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the king’s house, and from the roof he saw a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful in appearance. So David sent servants 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 when she came to him, he lay with her; and when she had purified herself from her uncleanness, she returned to her house. But the woman conceived; so she sent word and informed David, and said, “I am pregnant.”

2 Samuel 11:1-5

Scene 1: David Takes Bathsheba

Then David sent word to Joab: “Send me Uriah the Hittite.”
So Joab sent Uriah to David.When Uriah came to him, David asked about Joab’s well-being and that of the people, and the condition of the war. Then David said to Uriah, “Go down to your house, and wash your feet.”
So Uriah left the king’s house, and a gift from the king was sent after 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. Now when they informed 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 staying in temporary shelters, and my lord Joab and the servants of my lord are camping in the open field. Should I then go to my house to eat and drink and to sleep with my wife? By your life and the life of your soul, I will not do this thing.”
Then David said to Uriah, “Stay here today also, and tomorrow I will let you go back.”
So Uriah remained in Jerusalem that day and the day after. Now David summoned Uriah, and he ate and drank in his presence, and he made Uriah drunk; and in the evening Uriah went out to lie on his bed with his lord’s servants, and he still did not go down to his house.

2 Samuel 11:6-13

Scene 2: David’s Attempted Cover Up

So in the morning David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it by the hand of Uriah. He had written in the letter the following: “Station Uriah on the front line of the fiercest battle and pull back from him, so that he may be struck and killed.”
2 Samuel 11:14-15
Now when Uriah’s wife heard that her husband Uriah was dead, she mourned for her husband. When the time of mourning was over, David sent servants and had her brought to his house and she became his wife; then she bore him a son. But the thing that David had done was evil in the sight of the Lord.
2 Samuel 11:26-27

David’s actions were evil in God’s eyes.

Then the Lord sent Nathan to David. And he came to him and said, “There were two men in a city, the one wealthy and the other poor. The wealthy man had a great many flocks and herds. But the poor man had nothing at all except one little ewe lamb, which he bought and nurtured; And it grew up together with him and his children. It would eat scraps from him and drink from his cup and lie in his lap, and was like a daughter to him.
Now a visitor came to the wealthy man, and he could not bring himself to take any animal from his own flock or his own herd, to prepare for the traveler who had come to him; So he took the poor man’s ewe lamb and prepared it for the man who had come to him.Then David’s anger burned greatly against the man, and he said to Nathan, “As the Lord lives, the man who has done this certainly deserves to die! So he must make restitution for the lamb four times over, since he did this thing and had no compassion.”
Nathan then said to David, “You yourself are the man!”

2 Samuel 12:1-7

Scene 3: God Confronts David with his Sin

Why is ‘She of Uriah’ included in Jesus’ genealogy?

Matthew mentions ‘She of Uriah’ to remind Israel of how they ended up in exile (by trusting in human kings) and to prepare them for the king of Kings.

Bottom Line

Following Jesus involves pledging your full allegiance to King Jesus.

Action Steps

Create some space to prayerfully reflect on the following:

  • Are there any areas in your life that you need to turn away from?
  • Is there anything or anyone that you are putting displaced trust in right now?
  • How is God inviting you to put your full trust in Jesus right now?
  • Practice: this week replace all of your news media consumption with prayer and Scripture reading as a way of centering yourself on King Jesus.