Daily Bible Reading “David Meets Bathsheba” (2 Samuel 11:1-13)

 

2 Samuel 11 bathshebaDavid Meets Bathsheba

Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from 2 Samuel 11:1-13. When the year was past and it was time for the kings to go to battle David sent Joab and the men of Israel to conquer the children of Ammon. They destroyed the people of Ammon and took siege of Rabbah. Meanwhile David remained in Jerusalem.

Come evening David got up from his bed and went to the roof. When he looked over he saw a beautiful woman bathing.

David inquired as to who this beautiful woman was. He was told that this was Bathsheba, daughter of Eliam, and wife of Uriah the Hittite. Uriah was one of the soldiers in David’s army.

David sent messengers to get Bathsheba. She came to the king’s palace and he slept with her. Then she returned to her home.

Bethsheba conceived. She sent word to David that she was going to have a baby. David messed up and wanted cover his tracks so he sent word to Joab to send Uriah to him. Joab did as David requested.

When Uriah arrived David tried to make small talk with him questioning him about the war. David asked Uriah how Joab did, how the people were doing and how the war was going.

David told Uriah to wash his feet and go to his house. David also sent meat for a celebration feast. But, Uriah refused to go home. Instead he slept with the king’s servants at the king’s door.

When David heard that Uriah didn’t go home he sent for him and questioned him as to why he didn’t go home since he was allowed to come back from the battlefield.

Uriah didn’t think it was fair for him to go home and be with his wife when Joab and the other guys were still out in the field. He also acknowledged that the ark, Israel and Judah were abiding in tents therefore he didn’t think it would be right for him to go home. He refused to do what the king told him to do.

David told Uriah to stay another day in Jerusalem and then he would let him go back. David invited Uriah to eat with him. He got Uriah drunk. Maybe David was hoping if he got him drunk enough he would go home and sleep with his wife, but David’s plan failed. Uriah slept again that night with the king’s servants instead of going to his own house.

Have you ever really messed up and then tried to cover your tracks, but your attempts failed as David’s did?

 

Daily Bible Reading:

2 Samuel 11:1-13

1 And it came to pass, after the year was expired, at the time when kings go forth to battle, that David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the children of Ammon, and besieged Rabbah. But David tarried still at Jerusalem.
2 And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king’s house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon.
3 And David sent and enquired after the woman. And one said, Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?
4 And David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in unto him, and he lay with her; for she was purified from her uncleanness: and she returned unto her house.
5 And the woman conceived, and sent and told David, and said, I am with child.
6 And David sent to Joab, saying, Send me Uriah the Hittite. And Joab sent Uriah to David.
7 And when Uriah was come unto him, David demanded of him how Joab did, and how the people did, and how the war prospered.
8 And David said to Uriah, Go down to thy house, and wash thy feet. And Uriah departed out of the king’s house, and there followed him a mess of meat from the king.
9 But Uriah slept at the door of the king’s house with all the servants of his lord, and went not down to his house.
10 And when they had told David, saying, Uriah went not down unto his house, David said unto Uriah, Camest thou not from thy journey? why then didst thou not go down unto thine house?
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 to drink, and to lie with my wife? as thou livest, and as thy soul liveth, I will not do this thing.
12 And David said to Uriah, Tarry here to day also, and to morrow I will let thee depart. So Uriah abode 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.

 

Things to think about:

  • What was David’s first mistake in this Scripture?
  • What was David’s second mistake?
  • How was David going to try to cover up his mistake?
  • Did David succeed at attempting to cover his trouble?
  • What can we learn from this lesson?

 

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

As we read this Scripture in 2 Samuel we see that David had gotten himself into trouble. His attempts to cover his mistakes failed. Help us to be careful about what we do. Help us to not attempt to cover our sin, but to confess our sins to You and ask for forgiveness. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

 

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