THE FEAR OF THE LORD
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 beautiful to behold. II Samuel 11:2
King David, a man after God's own heart, sweet psalmist of Israel and mighty warrior was about to make a grave mistake in judgment by committing adultery with a married woman. As king, David could have had any woman in Israel he wanted as long as they were single and he in fact already had several.
Many a mighty man and woman of God have made this same mistake by seeing something beautiful, but forbidden and have fallen into the deadly sin of adultery. Even the First Lady of creation fell into the devil's trap when she saw that the fruit on the tree she was commanded not to eat was good! All of mankind has suffered from that sin! David threw all caution to the wind and took the beautiful Bathsheba into his bed and later she sent word back to him that she was pregnant.
A one night fling instantly turned into a deadly trap for David as he was about to find out that Bathsheba was married to one of his faithful warriors, Uriah the Hittite. To hide his guilt, David called for Uriah to be brought back from the battlefield and he would simply send him home to enjoy his lovely wife and "Bam!" problem solved, or so he thought! David didn't know that Uriah was a loyal and faithful warrior, even though he was a Gentile and would not go home to his wife and betray his fellow warriors fighting and dying on the battlefield. It seems one lie always leads to another as David conceives a diabolical plan to murder Uriah, and so the drama continues!
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." II Samuel 11:14,15
Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin