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READING: 2 Samuel 10-11 – Ammonite Provocation & a One Night Affair


During David’s battles, Nahash, King of the Ammonites, died; he and David were friends. David sent servants to console his son, Hanun. However, the advisors of the young king persuaded him that David’s servants had come as spies to see how they could overthrow his kingdom, as he already had with so many others. So, Hanun took David’s servants, shaved off half the beard of each, cut off their garments at their hips, and sent them away in disgrace. 

“When the Ammonites saw they had become a stench to David, they hired the Syrians to come help them.” Joab saw that the battle had him between two armies. He split his forces, to be able to face each of those armies; he led one division, and his brother Abishai led the other with the understanding that they would come to each other’s aid as needed. Joab made the Syrians flee; then the Ammonites fled from Abishai.  

Seeing this defeat, King Hadadezer of Syria brought more Syrian forces from beyond the Euphrates, which brought David with all of Israel into the battle. David killed the Syrian men of seven hundred chariots and forty thousand horsemen. Then Hadadezer made peace with Israel and became subject to them. 

“In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle, David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel. But David remained at Jerusalem.” Big mistake! 

One afternoon, he got up from his couch and walked on the roof of his house. He saw Bathsheba, a beautiful woman, bathing. He inquired about her, then sent messengers to bring her to him. He lay with her, and she returned home – pregnant.  

She told David as soon as she knew. David sent a message to Joab to send Uriah, the Hittite, to him. David tried twice to get Uriah to go to his home where he would sleep with his wife – and hide David’s sin. But Uriah, even when drunk, refused to go while his comrades were in the field. So, David sent a message to Joab to put Uriah in a dangerous place and withdraw from him. Uriah carried this message, which was his death warrant. assigned Uriah to a dangerous spot where some of David’s soldiers died, Including Uriah. 

The next time Joab sent a report to David about the fighting, the messenger was to tell him, if David questioned him about being in such close contact with the enemy, that Uriah, the Hittite, was dead also. 

When Bathsheba learned her husband was dead, she went into mourning and lamenting over him. When the time of mourning was over, David sent and brought her to his house, and she became his wife and bore him a son. 

But the thing David had done displeased the LORD. 

How displeased would you be if Bathsheba were your daughter? 

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PRAY FOR YOURSELF 

Lord, David lived in a “shame culture,” where an insult was to be avenged. That is why the insult to David’s honor was met by war in which tens of thousands of men died. I pray that I may never shame myself by responding to an insult with anything but kindness, is my prayer, in the Name of the One who prayed, “Father, forgive them; they do not know what they are doing, AMEN 

MY PRAYER FOR YOU (and for myself) 

Father, my prayer for those who read this is that we see the consequences of pride in David’s action in going to war for vengeance against the insult he received from the Ammonite king. If he had never done this, we may ask, would he have lusted after Bathsheba? Joab and Uriah were fighting to seize a city of the Ammonites when David stayed home and saw Bathsheba bathing. As we sink deeper and deeper into sin, it becomes worse and worse. My prayer is that we may all consider our actions when our pride is assaulted by others; This is my prayer, in the name of Jesus, AMEN 

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