The story that is told in chapter 11 is often one of David’s sin; after all he is the character, the king, of whom much is written, and to whom many promises have been made by God. Of his throne having no end, and having an everlasting kingdom.
King David, however, is not the intent of this message. There is a man in this story who received a bum deal, from the man in whom he had placed his life, the lives of the people in the city of Jerusalem, including his own wife. This man is none other than Uriah, called, “the Hittite”. Being a Hitite would have made him not only a foreigner to Israel, but he would have previously been an enemy of Israel.
In this story of the fall of king David is also the story of a man who was faithful, to God, to his wife, to his country and to his king. In this event in the life of David, Uriah is a contrast to David, and gives those of us who aren’t born into a godly home, or godly atmosphere some hope.
It is very likely that Uriah, being a Hittite; had come to believe and trust in the God of Israel and David; and had given himself to the service of God, the people and the king. His name means, “Flame of Jah”, thus the title to the message being “Flame Of The LORD”. Oh, that the Christian of today had the fire of Uriah.
OUTLINE 2 Samuel 11:6-13 –
I. URIAH WAS FAITHFUL BECAUSE THEY KNEW WHERE HE WAS (vv. 3, 6).
II. URIAH WAS OBEDIENT TO THE KING’S COMMANDMENT TO RETURN HOME (v. 7).
III. URIAH WAS LOYAL TO THE KING AND ALL THE OTHER SOLDIERS WHO WERE FAITHFULLY FIGHTING THE BATTLES (vv. 8-13).
IV. URIAH IS FAITHFUL TO GOD, HIS WIFE, HIS COUNTRY AND HIS KING EVEN UNTO DEATH – CARRYING HIS OWN DEATH WARRANT (vv. 14-17).
URIAH WAS FAITHFUL BECAUSE THEY KNEW WHERE HE WAS (vv. 3, 6). “It is 10-O-Clock. Do you know where your children are?” This was a question posed on a television commercial a few years ago. It was asked to draw attention to parents and children, that parents are responsible for their children and need to know where they are.
One of the signs of faithfulness is that people who know you will be knowing what you are doing, when you are doing it, and where you are. You can and are depended upon for your faithfulness. Uriah was that faithful man; faithful soldier; faithful husband; faithful to God and king.
Uriah was known as a good soldier, even a “mighty” soldier (23:39). He is called one of Davids “thirty mighty men” (23:8-39). Would to God that Christians would be good soldiers for the cross of Jesus Christ our Lord.
God is faithful; He will always be faithful to His Word, His will, His children and His promises. He calls us to faithfulness, and to be diligent, and vigilant to the task to which we have been called.
“Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.” 1 Thessalonians 5:24 (KJV)
“Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.” 1 Corinthians 16:13
“This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare; Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck…” 1 Timothy 1:18-19 (KJV)
Many Christians were not of the “Household of faith” concerning Judaism, and faith in God. However, because of the grace of God in His Son Jesus Christ anyone from any race, or religion, can come to God through Jesus Christ’s death, burial and bodily resurrection. Through Jesus Christ alone now Jew and Gentile have a way to the throne of God. Uriah found that way through faith in God, through the promises of God’s Word.
Where are you concerning God and faith in Him? Where are you in your walk with God? Where are you in regards to your faithfulness to Him?
URIAH WAS OBEDIENT TO THE KING’S COMMANDMENT TO RETURN HOME (v. 7). Uriah was probably wondering about the purpose of his being called back to Jerusalem. He is one of David’s “thirty mighty men”, as has already been noted. He may have thought, “The king desires that I get some rest and relaxation”, but his heart had no desire for it.
Uriah was obedient to the king’s call. He returned to Jerusalem just as the king requested. He would not, however, go to his home, rest, and relax while his fellow soldiers were fighting out on the battlefield.
Christian, let us who have been called by our King, hear His voice, do His bidding and when He calls us home do so with the earnestness of this hero of Jerusalem, Israel and Judah. We can rest assured that when our King Jesus calls us to His home He will not have some devious intent in His heart and mind.
URIAH WAS LOYAL TO THE KING AND ALL THE OTHER SOLDIERS WHO WERE FAITHFULLY FIGHTING THE BATTLES (vv. 8-13). The loyalty of Uriah is clearly seen. He is not only loyal to his king, but loyal and faithful to the other soldiers who are not getting the call from the king that he received. Uriah would have made a good United States Marine Corp Officer or soldier. “Semper Fi” or “Always Faithful” is the motto of the Marine Corp, and that seems to have been Uriah’s creed as well.
Remember king David had an ulterior motive for Uriah going home. However, Uriah would not go home to his wife, his heart was on the welfare of the king and his troops on the field. The good soldier is thinking about the safety of the others, and their leader and nation. The heart of Uriah at this point in time puts the heart of king David to shame.
David jumped headlong into this adulterous relationship with Uriah’s wife, because he was not doing what he should have been doing. The first verse of chapter eleven includes the following words, “at the time when kings go forth to battle, that David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the children of Ammon, and besieged Rabbah. But David tarried still at Jerusalem.”
David was so desperate to get Uriah home he gave him fermitted beverage to make him drunk to maybe get him home to be with Bathsheba, to cover his own sin. Even in his drunken state Uriah still had the mind and heart to be faithful to God, king, and country.
URIAH IS FAITHFUL TO GOD, HIS WIFE, HIS COUNTRY AND HIS KING EVEN UNTO DEATH – CARRYING HIS OWN DEATH WARRANT (vv. 14-17). King David upon realization that he would not convince Uriah to get home anytime soon; sent a death warrant by Uriah’s own hand to the General in the field – Joab. Unknowingly, most likely, Uriah takes the hand written message written by the hand of the king that would cause him to die.
We could say, “Like a lamb to the slaughter”. The meaning of that is somewhat obvious, but let me give some explanation. The lamb is trusting, dependent upon its shepherd, and sometimes the shepherd leads a lamb to be slaughtered for the meat.
We have a Savior who was faithful to His Father; all the way to Jerusalem; all the way to Calvary; all the way to the cross; all the way to the tomb; and all the way to His glory which He had with the Father from the beginning (John 17:5). We by faith in Him and His finished work on the cross put on His righteousness, His garments, and take on the characteristics which led Him to the obedient, faithful, loving life that led to His cross; His place of death and dying for the sins of the world.
Uriah means “Flame of Jah” or “Flame of the Lord”, and surely he was the flame of God burning in Israel when the “man after God’s own heart” had plunged into darkness of sin.
Oh, Christian when we see a brother or sister in Christ; who has plunged headlong into sin; whether they be a church leader, leader’s wife, or the man or woman in the pew; that is the time to be the “Flame of the LORD”, stand as an example of faith and light, be faithful to God, and don’t let the darkness of sin pull you in and down.
Jesus said, “I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled?” Luke 12:49 (KJV). His Holy Spirit within His followers are the possessors of that Fire; and that Fire possesses us as well. Let us walk in the light of that flame.
-Tim A. Blankenship