HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
II Samuel 11:11 “And Uriah said unto David, ‘The Ark, and Israel, and Judah, abide in tents; and my lord Joab, and the servants of my lord, are encamped in the open fields; shall I, then, go into mine house to eat and drink, and to lie with my wife? As thou livest [as long as you live], and as thy soul liveth, I will not do this thing!’”
Uriah is most adamant in his refusal to go home and presents the most rational defence that anyone could ever-present for assuming such a position: he is a soldier and will not be treated any differently from others of his fellows, even if the king should command it. What is David to do, now? He is caught off guard: he has fought and been successful against lions, bears, a giant of great reputation, and numerous battles, but he is now disarmed by the actions and words of a single soldier. He could command Uriah, but to do so would become too obvious, and the desired results would not be achieved.
12 “And David said to Uriah, ‘Tarry [Wait] here today, also, and tomorrow I will let thee depart.’ So Uriah abode [stayed/remained] in Jerusalem that day, and the morrow.”
13 “And when David had called him, he did eat and drink before him; and he made him drunk: and at even he went out to lie on his bed with the servants of his lord, but went not down to his house.”
It is King David’s hope that Uriah will become drunken, and that while in his drunken stupor he will stumble off to his house, fall into bed with his wife, and awake later the next day, not remembering clearly whether he engaged in sexual contact with his wife or not. But, once again, Uriah refuses to go to his own house, choosing, instead, to remain with the servants of the king. David is again thwarted. What will he do now?
14 “And it came to pass in the morning that David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent it by the hand of Uriah.”
David has reluctantly settled within his mind/heart what he will do: without direct intent, David will now become a MURDERER. How does this writer KNOW that David is reluctant to do what he will do, at this point? If David were not undesiring of doing that in which he will now engage, he would never have attempted, for several days, to avoid it by tricking Uriah into going to his own house, which is precisely what he has continued to do. Is there a lesson, here, to be learned by each one of us, brethren? Indeed, there is!
Understand, Beloved, that [YAHVEH] GOD IS NOT Impressed, or Moved, with our “good intentions”, or what any one of us MEANS to do; HE Is ONLY Impressed With what each one of us ACTUALLY DOES. NO ONE will ever be able to stand before [YAHVEH’s] Righteous Son, during the period of The Day of JUDGMENT, and talk about that individual’s good intentions. Do you recall the old adage: The Way To Hell Is Paved With Good Intentions?
And now, today’s Study will be CONTINUED TOMORROW …