|Posted by Barb on August 16, 2015 at 4:45 PM|
2 Samuel 10:1-19 (NASB)
1 Now it happened afterwards that the king of the Ammonites died, and Hanun his son became king in his place.
2 Then David said, "I will show kindness to Hanun the son of Nahash, just as his father showed kindness to me." So David sent some of his servants to console him concerning his father. But when David's servants came to the land of the Ammonites,
3 the princes of the Ammonites said to Hanun their lord, "Do you think that David is honoring your father because he has sent consolers to you? Has David not sent his servants to you in order to search the city, to spy it out and overthrow it?"
Ø David wants to do a good thing an act of kindness to Hanun. David’s intention were honorable, but here we go, we got some busybody servants thinking that they know that something is up because this isn’t the normal thing.
Ø They go to their king and they start telling him that “hey you know David has just sent them over here to spy on us”
Ø Well they get the king to start believing that David wants to overthrow the city.
Ø So the king starts getting fearful and starts to put into action strategies to fight against David.
4 So Hanun took David's servants and shaved off half of their beards, and cut off their garments in the middle as far as their hips, and sent them away.
5 When they told it to David, he sent to meet them, for the men were greatly humiliated. And the king said, "Stay at Jericho until your beards grow, and then return."
6 Now when the sons of Ammon saw that they had become odious to David, the sons of Ammon sent and hired the Arameans of Beth-rehob and the Arameans of Zobah, 20,000 foot soldiers, and the king of Maacah with 1,000 men, and the men of Tob with 12,000 men.
Ø Hunun shaved off their beards in the Hebrew place this was an disgrace because a beard was like a sign of their man hood it was their pride. That The garments that were cut off would have left their back sides exposed to the elements.
Ø Now we know that most of the men were dark skinned from being in the desert areas and traveling the way they had to left them out in the sun. Well we all know that some areas of our bodies are covered most of the time. This is one of those areas that would be covered, and being cut off would expose this white area to the sun. I imagine by the time they got to Jerusalem they were pretty sun burnt. It would have been like a smack in the face to David and a statement from one to another of their blanks being burnt.
7 When David heard of it, he sent Joab and all the army, the mighty men.
8 The sons of Ammon came out and drew up in battle array at the entrance of the city, while the Arameans of Zobah and of Rehob and the men of Tob and Maacah were by themselves in the field.
9 Now when Joab saw that the battle was set against him in front and in the rear, he selected from all the choice men of Israel, and arrayed them against the Arameans.
10 But the remainder of the people he placed in the hand of Abishai his brother, and he arrayed them against the sons of Ammon.
11 He said, "If the Arameans are too strong for me, then you shall help me, but if the sons of Ammon are too strong for you, then I will come to help you.
12 "Be strong, and let us show ourselves courageous for the sake of our people and for the cities of our God; and may the LORD do what is good in His sight."
13 So Joab and the people who were with him drew near to the battle against the Arameans, and they fled before him.
14 When the sons of Ammon saw that the Arameans fled, they also fled before Abishai and entered the city. Then Joab returned from fighting against the sons of Ammon and came to Jerusalem.
· This misunderstanding becomes a war, they were being sandwiched in between everything. He tells them be strong and let us be courageous. Do the best you can and then give it to God. One thing that needs mentioned here is that they were willing to fight together as a team in defeating the enemy. So many times in battle we fight just within the walls of our self, but it is when we are able to except help from the outside that we are blessed with the strength to overcome in areas that are needed.
15 When the Arameans saw that they had been defeated by Israel, they gathered themselves together.
16 And Hadadezer sent and brought out the Arameans who were beyond the River, and they came to Helam; and Shobach the commander of the army of Hadadezer led them.
17 Now when it was told David, he gathered all Israel together and crossed the Jordan, and came to Helam. And the Arameans arrayed themselves to meet David and fought against him.
18 But the Arameans fled before Israel, and David killed 700 charioteers of the Arameans and 40,000 horsemen and struck down Shobach the commander of their army, and he died there.
19 When all the kings, servants of Hadadezer, saw that they were defeated by Israel, they made peace with Israel and served them. So the Arameans feared to help the sons of Ammon anymore.
· We know this was serious because David was mentioned. We need to be alert after victory because that is most likely when the enemy will hit us with someone out of the time when we are resting.
· Let’s think for just a moment and go back to Mephibosheth what if he would have not accepted to sit at the table and eat. What if he would have grown angry over the years and became prideful of what had happened and said no I don’t want it and walked away?
· God gives us life lessons through His word, this isn’t just a book, it isn’t just a history book, and this is a love diary that you have left for us to learn and grow and restore our lives back to you.
2 Samuel 11:1-27 (NASB)
1 Then it happened in the spring, at the time when kings go out to battle, that David sent Joab and his servants with him and all Israel, and they destroyed the sons of Ammon and besieged Rabbah. But David stayed at Jerusalem.
Ø Now I find it interesting that while the kings are out into battle that David doesn’t go for some reason he stays behind. Maybe he had gotten a little bit too comfortable in his surroundings and felt like he didn’t need to go with the rest of them.
Ø David should have went out but he didn’t we can wonder all kinds of things, but my guess is that he had other motives on his heart.
2 Now when evening came David arose from his bed and walked around on the roof of the king's house, and from the roof he saw a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful in appearance.
3 So David sent and inquired about the woman. And one said, "Is this not Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?"
Ø So we find that David is not only keeping himself out of battle while the rest of his own men are fighting, but he taking a nap while maybe men are dying. He looks down from his roof top and sees a girl bathing. Now I just have to wonder if maybe this girl he sees is the reason why he has stayed behind. I mean maybe he had caught a glimpse of her before and felt like he could meet her if all the other kings were gone, he would have more of a chance with her.
Ø WE don’t know the reason why, scripture doesn’t really say, but the human nature speaks loud and clear.
Ø And now let’s look at this woman who is bathing below. This was an open court yard, a bathing pool that others would have easily been able to see her. I just have to wonder if this was the very reason she was bathing outside at this time, because she knew that David was still there and she wanted to entice him. Leer him in so to speak.
Ø Naturally David is moved by this action, no one is around so he finds out who she is and once he finds out this should be the end of the matter.
Ø For he finds out that she is the wife of one of his very own mighty men of war. A man who fought mightily for him. Uriah was one of his top men.
4 David sent messengers and took her, and when she came to him, he lay with her; and when she had purified herself from her uncleanness, she returned to her house.
Ø David sends some men to fetch her for him and he slept with her, now I have to notice another thing here, “she doesn’t seem to put up a fight” This is why I believe that they had eyes already for one another, it’s not that they planned it, but that they fell into that attraction for one another and allowed for it to go further than they should.
Ø David doesn’t go to battle on the thought that he may run into her, while she on the other hand baths outside in broad day light and it just happened to be under his roof.
Ø They both had a fatal lustful attraction for one another.
Ø She just takes another bath and heads on home like nothing happened.
5 The woman conceived; and she sent and told David, and said, "I am pregnant."
6 Then David sent to Joab, saying, "Send me Uriah the Hittite." So Joab sent Uriah to David.
7 When Uriah came to him, David asked concerning the welfare of Joab and the people and the state of the war.
8 Then David said to Uriah, "Go down to your house, and wash your feet." And Uriah went out of the king's house, and a present from the king was sent out after him.
9 But Uriah slept at the door of the king's house with all the servants of his lord, and did not go down to his house.
Ø The very first time they slept with each other she conceives, their lustful thoughts for one another turned into sin that brought about an innocent child. Bathsheba no doubt didn’t know what to do because of this, because her husband was off fighting in a war for David.
Ø So David sends for him to come home, tells him to go home and was his feet which meant he would stay for awhile. But Uriah being the type of warrior he was, wasn’t going to let a temptation like being able to sleep with his wife after a long time being gone, keep him from his duty to his king. He was a very loyal man he wasn’t going to leave David unprotected.
10 Now when they told David, saying, "Uriah did not go down to his house," David said to Uriah, "Have you not come from a journey? Why did you not go down to your house?"
11 Uriah said to David, "The ark and Israel and Judah are staying in temporary shelters, and my lord Joab and the servants of my lord are camping in the open field. Shall I then go to my house to eat and to drink and to lie with my wife? By your life and the life of your soul, I will not do this thing."
Ø David is more than a little upset at Uriah but he can’t really show that he is worried. Joab would have no part in having rest while his countrymen still fought out in open fields. He told David he wouldn’t do such a thing while the others are down.
12 Then David said to Uriah, "Stay here today also, and tomorrow I will let you go." So Uriah remained in Jerusalem that day and the next.
13 Now David called him, and he ate and drank before him, and he made him drunk; and in the evening he went out to lie on his bed with his lord's servants, but he did not go down to his house.
Ø So here the sin goes deeper into the sense and it is the case when one gives into temptation, it often will take you places that you never thought you would end up. David now is a drug pusher in so many words for he is pushing the drink of wine upon him in the hopes of getting him drunk so he will feel like going home and sleeping with his wife.
Ø And I have to wonder even what is wrong with this guy? Clearly there is something not right between his wife and him or he would want to go home especially since David gave him the okay to do so. There is more going on here than just the usual dedication to his king.
14 Now in the morning David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it by the hand of Uriah.
15 He had written in the letter, saying, "Place Uriah in the front line of the fiercest battle and withdraw from him, so that he may be struck down and die."
16 So it was as Joab kept watch on the city, that he put Uriah at the place where he knew there were valiant men.
17 The men of the city went out and fought against Joab, and some of the people among David's servants fell; and Uriah the Hittite also died.
Ø David tried every other way to get him to sleep with his wife, but this man would not, so now the sin on David’s part continues to the point he is plotting murder. He gives clear instructions of a murder plan.
Ø And just like a finely tuned clock it works the way it was meant to and Uriah falls dead in the front lines.
Ø I would have wanted to know what was in that letter I was carrying, I might have even looked. Uriah did not look, again a man of honor.
Ø What a disgrace king David had brought upon his inter being. No one else knew, but he knew and God knew and I suppose the men who brought Bathsheba to him that lustful night knew.
18 Then Joab sent and reported to David all the events of the war.
19 He charged the messenger, saying, "When you have finished telling all the events of the war to the king,
20 and if it happens that the king's wrath rises and he says to you, 'Why did you go so near to the city to fight? Did you not know that they would shoot from the wall?
21 ~'Who struck down Abimelech the son of Jerubbesheth? Did not a woman throw 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 departed and came and reported to David all that Joab had sent him to tell.
23 The messenger said to David, "The men prevailed against us and came out against us in the field, but we pressed them as far as the entrance of the gate.
24 "Moreover, the archers shot at your servants from the wall; so some of the king's servants are dead, and your servant Uriah the Hittite is also dead."
25 Then David said to the messenger, "Thus you shall say to Joab, 'Do not let this thing displease you, for the sword devours one as well as another; make your battle against the city stronger and overthrow it'; and so encourage him."
26 Now when the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband was dead, she mourned for her husband.
27 When the time of mourning was over, David sent and brought her to his house and she became his wife; then she bore him a son. But the thing that David had done was evil in the sight of the LORD.
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