Worship Service 29 July 2018
Delivered By
Pastor Doug Groen and Sarah McSweeney Accompanist
Delivered On
July 29, 2018 at 10:00 AM
Central Passage
2 Samuel 11:1-5

2 Samuel 11:1-5 New International Reader's Version (NIRV)

David and Bathsheba

11 It was spring. It was the time when kings go off to war. So David sent Joab out with the king’s special troops and the whole army of Israel. They destroyed the Ammonites. They marched to the city of Rabbah. They surrounded it and got ready to attack it. But David remained in Jerusalem.

One evening David got up from his bed. He walked around on the roof of his palace. From the roof he saw a woman taking a bath. She was very beautiful. David sent a messenger to find out who she was. The messenger returned and said, “She is Bathsheba. She’s the daughter of Eliam. She’s the wife of Uriah. He’s a Hittite.” Then David sent messengers to get her. She came to him. And he slept with her. Then she went back home. All of that took place after she had already made herself “clean” from her monthly period. Later, Bathsheba found out she was pregnant. She sent a message to David. She said, “I’m pregnant.”

Pastor's Summary of II Samuel 11:1-5

David has enjoyed military success over most of the neighboring nations. This time, he sends Joab, his commander, with even his own bodyguard ("his officers") and the whole army ("all Israel") to besiege Rabbah (now Amman, Jordan)-"but David remained at Jerusalem". Bathsheba is daughter and wife of great warriors (v. 3). (The Hittites came from Turkey and conquered Syria and Palestine but by this time their empire had crumbled; Uriah has joined the Israelites.) The law said that a woman was ritually unclean for seven days after menstruation (v. 4) Bathsheba conceives by David (v. 5).

David treis to cover his tracks. Uriah is home on leave; if he will lie with his wife, he will think the child is his. David invites him to "wash your feet" (v. 8), normal after a journey, and here a euphemism for having sexual intercourse, but Uriah refuses to break the ritual purity of the warrior (v. 11); he sleeps outside (v. 9). For "in booths" (v. 11), the Revised English Bible has under canvas: the ark accompanied the troops into battle, and was housed in a tent. David offers to delay Uriah's return to the fighting (v. 12). Even when made drunk, Uriah "did not go down to his house" (v. 13). So David tries another approach: Joab is to place Uriah in a vulnerable position so he will be killed (v. 15); and he is (vv.16-17). David's sin costs Uriah his life; next week we hear of further consequences.