2 Samuel 11

Before Reading.

  • Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.

Reading.

  • Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
  • Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
  • Take a note if you have question, inspiration.   

Read 2 Samuel 11.

King David and Bathsheba.

The historian of the book of Samuel describes each phase that King David committed the thing that displeased the Lord (v.27).

King David sent Joab and king’s men to war against the Ammonites while he stayed in the palace in Jerusalem.

King David was pacing on the roof of his palace on one evening when he got up from his bed. He saw Bathsheba bathing on the roof of her house. At that time, it was not unusual to take a bath on the roof. There was no drainage system inside a house for bathing. Bathsheba may have been doing ritual cleansing related to her menstrual period (v.4). King David brought her and slept with her by royal order. And she became pregnant.

King David covered up as he tried to escape responsibility for his actions. He sent for Uriah, Bathsheba’s husband in hope that Uriah would go to his home, to sleep with his wife. But Uriah refused and stayed at the palace.

A deadly phase of the story came when King David conspired with his general Joab to murder Uriah. He ordered Joab to send Uriah to the frontline of the most heated battle field, while his fellow warriors were to leave him there. And Uriah was killed.

The name Abimelech (.21) refers to the son of Gideon who tried to make himself king but was killed when a woman dropped a millstone on him form the wall (Judges 9:53-54).

King David ordered Joab “don’t let this upset you.” (v.25). But final word of this story from the historian makes the guilt clear writing, “What David had done displeased the Lord.” (v.27).

1. What does this passage tell you about God?

2. What does this passage tell you about people.?

3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?  

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