Uriah the Hittite

Text: 2 Samuel 23:39

Uriah the Hittite is best remembered as the husband of Bathsheba who was killed by David to hide his affair. But he was not just an average soldier in Israel’s army. He was one of David’s “chief men” (2 Samuel 23:13,39). This lesson will examine the example of Uriah the Hittite – he was more than just a victim to David’s infamous sin; he was a righteous man to be emulated.

Uriah Joined God’s People

  • Uriah was a Hittite – this was one of the nations marked for destruction (Deuteronomy 7:1-2); not because of race, but because of their rebellion against God (Deuteronomy 7:4-5)
  • Those of other nations were welcome among God’s people, even under the Old Law – but they had to submit to the law of God (Numbers 15:27-31; cf. Joshua 6:25)
  • Uriah had become part of the nation of Israel – indicated a faith in God and a willingness to obey Him; his emphasis on the things of God is indicated in his concern for the ark (2 Samuel 11:11; cf. Exodus 25:22)
  • We need to be part of God’s people today (Galatians 3:24-29)

Uriah Was Loyal to the King

  • Uriah was mentioned among the “chief men” of David (2 Samuel 23:13,39) – indicates that Uriah was not just a random soldier in the army, he was personally known by the king; this makes David’s sin all the more egregious
  • Instead of going home, Uriah stayed with the king’s servants (2 Samuel 11:8-9) – why? … he was a servant
  • We must be loyal to our master, Jesus (John 10:27; Matthew 6:24) – put Him above all others (Matthew 10:37; Acts 5:29)
  • Be ready to do whatever He requires (John 2:5; Titus 3:1)

Uriah Refused Preferential Treatment

  • When Uriah returned to Jerusalem, he refused to go to his house (2 Samuel 11:8-9) – refused because of the difficulties his brethren were facing (2 Samuel 11:10-11)
  • He did not think it would be fair for him to enjoy the comforts of home while the others were at war – as far as he knew, he was in Jerusalem on “official business” anyway (2 Samuel 11:6-7)
  • It is not possible for everyone’s circumstances to be the same – that is alright (2 Corinthians 8:12-14)
  • But we must have the attitude of Uriah – he knew he was not above his brethren (Philippians 2:3-4)

Uriah Was Worthy of Trust

  • When Uriah wouldn’t cooperate with David’s plot to cover his sin, the king planned his death (2 Samuel 11:14-15) – he sent the order to Joab by the hand of Uriah
  • David knew Uriah (2 Samuel 23:39) – he knew he was trustworthy enough to deliver the message
  • As servants of God, we are to be trustworthy (1 Corinthians 4:2)
  • Honesty is important; but if it is not genuine, we will be found out (Proverbs 10:9) – people should know they can trust us (Matthew 5:37)

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