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2 Samuel 11:14-25 (ESV)
14 In the morning David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it by the hand of Uriah. 15 In the letter he wrote, “Set Uriah in the forefront of the hardest fighting, and then draw back from him, that he may be struck down, and die.” 16 And as Joab was besieging the city, he assigned Uriah to the place where he knew there were valiant men. 17 And the men of the city came out and fought with Joab, and some of the servants of David among the people fell. Uriah the Hittite also died. 18 Then Joab sent and told David all the news about the fighting. 19 And he instructed the messenger, “When you have finished telling all the news about the fighting to the king, 20 then, if the king’s anger rises, and if he says to you, ‘Why did you go so near the city to fight? Did you not know that they would shoot from the wall? 21 Who killed Abimelech the son of Jerubbesheth? Did not a woman cast an upper millstone on him from the wall, so that he died at Thebez? Why did you go so near the wall?’ then you shall say, ‘Your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead also.’”
22 So the messenger went and came and told David all that Joab had sent him to tell. 23 The messenger said to David, “The men gained an advantage over us and came out against us in the field, but we drove them back to the entrance of the gate. 24 Then the archers shot at your servants from the wall. Some of the king’s servants are dead, and your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead also.” 25 David said to the messenger, “Thus shall you say to Joab, ‘Do not let this matter displease you, for the sword devours now one and now another. Strengthen your attack against the city and overthrow it.’ And encourage him.”
One of the reasons cover-ups are so bad is that they can quickly spin out of control, just ask Richard Nixon! David’s plans to cover up his adultery and abuse of power ultimately fail. But, instead of admitting his failure he goes even further… this time plotting murder! David’s life reveals something about the nature of sin: it will ask us to give more than we were willing to give and it will take us further than we wanted to go. David has already destroyed a family; now he is going to destroy someone’s life. Apart from God is only destruction, maybe not right now, but sooner or later it happens, and those destructive plans and decisions affect a lot more people than we often realize. They affect our families, our friends, our co-workers, strangers. When we are focused on ourselves we never stop to think about others. What if God has a better way planned for you? A plan to bless you and use you to bless others. Doesn’t that sound like a lot more fun?!