HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
II Samuel 11:9 “But Uriah slept at the door of the king’s house with all the servants of his lord, and went not down to his house.”
What does it MEAN that Uriah, along with these servants, “slept at the door of the king’s house”? Beloved, this Bible writer wants you to understand that the living quarters of the servants were located just inside the doors of the king’s house, which allowed servants to address the king’s needs as he entered, or departed, from his residence, as well as to greet all other arriving guests. It is what Butlers and Maids would later do in the residences of their employers. Through this means, the servants would know basically EVERYTHING that transpired, in one way or another, within that residence; there was very little that they did not know about the comings and goings within that house. It is this reality that likely would later prompt King David to write the words of Psalm 84:10. Do you understand, then, that King David’s actions with Bathsheba would serve to taint the people of his nation with his sin? How could David have continued to righteously judge others? Would his servants have appreciated his judgments after knowing what he did? IF [YAHVEH] GOD Were To Have allowed David to escape HIS RIGHTEOUS JUDGMENT in the deed that David committed, [YAHVEH] GOD Would Have CONDONED Sin, the people would eventually have become aware, and David’s act would have metastasized and spread like the most aggressive form of cancer among the people. Beloved, appreciate the fact that [YAHVEH’s] Very INTEGRITY Is At Stake in this matter!
10 “And when they had told David, saying, ‘Uriah went not down unto his house,’ David said unto Uriah, ‘Camest thou not from thy journey? Why, then, didst thou not go down unto thine house?!’”
Understand that this is more of a directive than a question from the mouth of David, brethren. David is disturbed by Uriah’s refusal; but, he must be careful so that he does not give himself away to Uriah. David must tread upon this ground very carefully. This writer wonders what the servants think as they bring this news to David and observe his resulting response. Do some of them wonder, and question among themselves, what he will now do, in that Uriah is not complying? David now confounds Uriah even more than before: he calls him into his presence, once again, and says: “What’s going on, here?! I understand that you didn’t go home last night, but chose to remain all night with the servants in their living quarters. Clearly you just came home from a long and tiring journey from the battlefront. Why didn’t you go home?!’”
And now, today’s Study will be CONTINUED TOMORROW …