2 Samuel 11-12; 1 Chronicles 20
The story of David and Bathsheba is a confusing one. I can’t help but feel such sympathy for Uriah, who was killed simply because he was loyal to his king and would not go home to be with his wife (who was pregnant with David’s child). I can only presume that Uriah had been out fighting for a long time…that must have been why David sent for him, never realizing that Uriah would not go be with his wife.
David was not thinking. He was simply reacting…and he certainly wasn’t asking God to illuminate the path! Yet…
God was merciful when David repented. Out of this original sinful union arose Solomon…and eventually, Jesus. Over and over again the Bible illustrates how the Lord uses ALL things — even evil ones concocted by sinful people — to accomplish His purposes.
And that is highly encouraging, especially on those days when I can’t seem to do anything right!