Thoughts and Reflection
In today’s reading, we learn that David sent Joab and his army into battle while he remained in Jerusalem. In the ancient world, the king would typically lead his soldiers into battle. He would fight for his people. In the past, David did this but now he is sending someone else. This is how sin is introduced. It normally starts small and by neglecting our normal duties.
David sees Bathsheba who is the wife of Uriah the Hittite. He commits adultery with her and she ends up pregnant. David sends for Uriah to go home. He refuses and wants to fight for Israel. D avid then conspires to have him die in battle. This sin started with David seeking comfort rather than doing his duty as a king.
God convicts David of the evil he has done and he repents. God shows us that even the worst sin does not mean to be the end. God knows David’s heart and he keeps calling David back to him. God will continue to call us back as well as when we sin. What do we do when we sin? We must seek God’s forgiveness and mercy.
About This Project
For the year 2022, I decided that my New Year’s Resolution was to read the whole Bible following the Bible in the Year plan presented by Fr. Mike Schmitz. It is a big and bold undertaking. You can follow along by subscribing. Feel free to look at previous day’s post and comment. It’s something we can all learn from together!
2 Samuel 11
1 At the turn of the year, at the time when kings go campaigning, David sent Joab and with him his guards and all Israel. They massacred the Ammonites and laid siege to Rabbah-of-the-Ammonites. David, however, remained in Jerusalem.
3 David made enquiries about this woman and was told, ‘Why, that is Bathsheba daughter of Eliam and wife of Uriah the Hittite.’
5 The woman conceived and sent word to David, ‘I am pregnant.’
7 When Uriah reached him, David asked how Joab was and how the army was and how the war was going.
11 To which Uriah replied, ‘The ark, Israel and Judah are lodged in huts; my master Joab and my lord’s guards are camping in the open. Am I to go to my house, then, and eat and drink and sleep with my wife? As Yahweh lives, and as you yourself live, I shall so no such thing!’
20 if the king’s anger is aroused and he says, “Why did you go near the town to give battle? Didn’t you know that they would shoot from the ramparts?
21 Who killed Abimelech son of Jerubbaal? Wasn’t it a woman who dropped a millstone on him from the ramparts, causing his death at Thebez? Why did you go near the ramparts?” you are to say, “Your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead too.” ‘
22 So the messenger set off and, on his arrival, told David everything that Joab had instructed him to say. David flew into a rage with Joab and said to the messenger, ‘Why did you go near the ramparts? Who killed Abimelech son of Jerubbaal? Wasn’t it a woman who dropped a millstone on him fom the ramparts, causing his death at Thebez? Why did you go near the ramparts?’
25 David then said to the messenger, ‘Say this to Joab, “Do not take the matter to heart; the sword devours now one and now another. Attack the town in greater force and destroy it.” That will encourage him.’
1 Chronicles 14
2 David then knew that Yahweh had confirmed him as king of Israel and, for the sake of his people, had extended his sovereignty.
3 David took more wives in Jerusalem and fathered more sons and daughters.
4 These are the names of the children born to him in Jerusalem: Shammua, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon,
8 When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed as king of all Israel, they all invaded to seek him out. On hearing this, David marched out towards them.
9 When the Philistines arrived, they deployed in the Valley of the Rephaim.
11 Accordingly, they went up to Baal-Perazim and there David defeated them. David said, ‘Through me God has made a breach in my enemies, as though they had been breached by a flood.’ This is why the place was given the name Baal-Perazim.
13 Again the Philistines deployed in the valley.
16 David did as God had ordered, and they beat the Philistine army from Gibeon to Gezer.
17 David’s fame then spread to every country, and Yahweh made him feared by every nation.
1 Chronicles 15
1 After he had put up buildings for himself in the City of David, he prepared a place for the ark of God and pitched a tent for it.
3 David then summoned all Israel to Jerusalem, to move the ark of Yahweh to the place which he had prepared for it.
7 of the sons of Gershom: Joel the chief and his hundred and thirty kinsmen;
11 David then sent for the priests Zadok and Abiathar, and the Levites Uriel, Asaiah, Joel, Shemaiah, Eliel and Amminadab.
12 To them he said, ‘You are the heads of the levitical families. Sanctify yourselves, you and your kinsmen, so that you can move the ark of Yahweh, God of Israel, to the place which I have prepared for it.
16 David also told the heads of the Levites to appoint their kinsmen as singers with the accompaniment of musical instruments, lyres, harps, and cymbals to play joyfully.
17 The Levites then appointed Heman son of Joel, Asaph son of Berechiah, one of his brothers, Ethan son of Kushaiah, one of their Merarite kinsmen;
27 David, all the Levites who carried the ark, the singers and Chenaniah, director of transport, wore cloaks of fine linen. David also wore a linen ephod.
28 Thus, with war-cries and the sounding of the horn, the trumpets and the cymbals, and the music of lyres and harps, all Israel transported the ark of the covenant of Yahweh.
29 Now, as the ark of the covenant of Yahweh entered the City of David, Michal daughter of Saul was watching from the window and, when she saw King David dancing and playing, the sight of him filled her with contempt.
1 [Of David Poem] How blessed are those whose offence is forgiven, whose sin blotted out.
5 I made my sin known to you, did not conceal my guilt. I said, ‘I shall confess my offence to Yahweh.’ And you, for your part, took away my guilt, forgave my sin.
10 Countless troubles are in store for the wicked, but one who trusts in Yahweh is enfolded in his faithful love.