2 Samuel 11:5-15
5 Later, when Bathsheba discovered that she was pregnant, she sent David a message, saying, “I’m pregnant.”6 Then David sent word to Joab: “Send me Uriah the Hittite.” So Joab sent him to David. 7 When Uriah arrived, David asked him how Joab and the army were getting along and how the war was progressing. 8 Then he told Uriah, “Go on home and relax.” David even sent a gift to Uriah after he had left the palace. 9 But Uriah didn’t go home. He slept that night at the palace entrance with the king’s palace guard. 10 When David heard that Uriah had not gone home, he summoned him and asked, “What’s the matter? Why didn’t you go home last night after being away for so long?” 11 Uriah replied, “The Ark and the armies of Israel and Judah are living in tents,[c] and Joab and my master’s men are camping in the open fields. How could I go home to wine and dine and sleep with my wife? I swear that I would never do such a thing.” 12 “Well, stay here today,” David told him, “and tomorrow you may return to the army.” So Uriah stayed in Jerusalem that day and the next. 13 Then David invited him to dinner and got him drunk. But even then he couldn’t get Uriah to go home to his wife. Again he slept at the palace entrance with the king’s palace guard. 14 So the next morning David wrote a letter to Joab and gave it to Uriah to deliver. 15 The letter instructed Joab, “Station Uriah on the front lines where the battle is fiercest. Then pull back so that he will be killed.”
Days, if not weeks, pass by. David may very well have forgotten about his sin with Uriah’s wife, but then he receives news that she is pregnant, you can’t hide sin; oops David hadn’t planned on that possibility. Davis is now faced with two options; Gods plan or his own, Confess or Cover up. The cover up is always a scam, it doesn’t work. David wasn’t the first one to try it and he won’t be the last. Adam was the first one to come up with a plan to try and deal with his own sin; he tried to hide his sin with leaves and trees. The cover up always leads to more sin, in this case deceit and murder, where confession always leads to cleansing. David, being a great military strategist, comes up with his own plan to deal with his sin. His plan, which at first seems simple enough, make it look like the baby is not his. This is called not taking responsibility for your actions. It’s a plan that involves using others, by trying to shift responsibility from self to others. Instead of using his military strategy to win the real battle now he is using it to try and win his own battle. Unfortunately this results in pulling others out of the real battle!
Remember Sin #1: Adultery, David tries to cover this up with Sin #2: Deceit. David has Joab go get , Bathsheba’s husband, and tell him to take a couple of days off and spend with his wife, simple enough. Unfortunately for David, the plan did not work. Uriah had served David since the early days when David was a fugitive, running from Saul. He didn’t cooperate with David’s sin, he did not go home because he was a faithful warrior, focused on the men and the battle. In contrast to David who was unfaithful, focusing instead on himself and his own battle. Sin will always shift your focus and when we get our eyes off the real battle we lose the war. David even tried getting him drunk, but Uriah’s sense of duty and honor was strong enough to overcome all of David’s tactics. Don’t hate people who won’t go along with your sin, praise God for them. David’s simple plan starts to get complicated, our plans always do. God has a nice simple plan for us to follow.
So what does David do? Same old thing Sin #3: Murder: If you can’t cover it up with a little dirt back up the dump truck. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. So David sends a letter to Joab that puts Uriah on the front line in a no-win situation. Sin doesn’t just affect us and it always leads to death! Verse 17 says “Uriah the Hittite was killed along with several other Israelite soldiers.” Cover-ups are often like that, a lot of innocent people get hurt while we are trying to hide the truth. David is supposed to be at war killing the enemy and now we find him using the enemy to kill his own, isn’t it amazing how far off track sin can really take us. Uriah’s name means “My light is the Lord. David, a man after God’s heart, has allowed his own heart to become so dull, so darkened, that he sets out to extinguish the light of the Lord in Uriah. Sin always brings darkness.
David’s reaction to the death of Uriah reveals his heart. 25 “Well, tell Joab not to be discouraged,” David said. “The sword devours this one today and that one tomorrow! Fight harder next time, and conquer the city!” Notice David’s instructions “Fight harder”, this from a man who has yet to show up to the battle. David didn’t even flinch at the news; his focus was on one thing, and only one thing, hiding his sin, at any cost. Now, with Uriah out of the way, David could make the Cover-up complete: After David so kindly let Bathsheba mourn the death of her husband, he made a gesture of supposed nobility, the king took the poor widow in and made her one of his wives. He thought the whole incident was covered up, he only overlooked one small detail: you can’t hide your heart from God. What about you? What are you hiding? Is it time to get alone with God?