There are 2 things that struck me as I read this chapter today.
First was how David was not where he should have been. For some reason, he decided to play hookey that fateful day he just happened to view Bathsheba up on the roof taking a bath.
In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king’s men and the whole Israelite army. They destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained in Jerusalem. One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing. Had he been where he should have been, “when kings go off to war”, this all would never have happened.
The other thing is how David’s actions bore more consequences than he probably though. As with most people when they sin, there are consequences to more than just ourselves when we choose do disobey God. Because of David’s decision to stay home and not go to war, he committed adultery, a child was born out of sin, and a faithful warrior and husband was murdered. Heinous. What about those in the army who knew about the order to abandon Bathsheba’s husband during war so that he would be killed? Did they not now question David’s authority? The Bible also mentions others who got killed in the line of duty while carrying out David’s evil plan to have this man killed in battle:
So while Joab had the city under siege, he put Uriah at a place where he knew the strongest defenders were. When the men of the city came out and fought against Joab, some of the men in David’s army fell; moreover, Uriah the Hittite died.
David’s actions affected those other men and their families as well.
What actions are you and I carrying out today that go against God’s will? How will those actions affect us? How will they affect those around us – those we love, those we know and even those we do not even know… Lord, help me keep my eyes on You today.