Cover Your Sin

2 Samuel 11:6–13 (ESV) – 6 So David sent word to Joab, “Send me Uriah the Hittite.” And Joab sent Uriah to David. 7 When Uriah came to him, David asked how Joab was doing and how the people were doing and how the war was going. 8 Then David said to Uriah, “Go down to your house and wash your feet.” And Uriah went out of the king’s house, and there followed him a present from the king. 9 But Uriah slept at the door of the king’s house with all the servants of his lord, and did not go down to his house. 10 When they told David, “Uriah did not go down to his house,” David said to Uriah, “Have you not come from a journey? Why did you not go down to your house?” 11 Uriah said to David, “The ark and Israel and Judah dwell in booths, and my lord Joab and the servants of my lord are camping in the open field. Shall I then go to my house, to eat and to drink and to lie with my wife? As you live, and as your soul lives, I will not do this thing.” 12 Then David said to Uriah, “Remain here today also, and tomorrow I will send you back.” So Uriah remained in Jerusalem that day and the next. 13 And David invited him, and he ate in his presence and drank, so that he made him drunk. And in the evening he went out to lie on his couch with the servants of his lord, but he did not go down to his house.

When David realized that Bathsheeba was pregnant, he knew that he had to do something or his sinful affair would be found out. His plan was to bring Bathsheeba’s husband, Uriah, back from the battlefield and allow him to spend time with his wife. By doing so, this would cause everyone to think nothing of the pregnancy. Everyone would believe the child was Uriah’s.

Things did not go as David planned. Uriah would not spend the time with his wife because he was concerned about his fellow soldiers. They were not able to spend time with their wives. How could he? They were at war and sacrifices had to be made!

What would David do now? Would he admit his sin or would he go to even greater lengths to cover it? What do you do when you are confronted with your own sin?


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