Today In The Word Daily Devotional

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 23rd March 2022

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 23rd March 2022

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 23rd March 2022

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 23rd March 2022

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 23 March 2022 Written By Kelli Worrall (Moody Bible Institute)

TOPIC: Bathsheba: Desires of the Flesh

SCRIPTURE:  2 Samuel 11:2–27

Then it happened one evening that David arose from his bed and walked on the roof of the king’s house. And from the roof he saw a woman bathing, and the woman was very beautiful to behold. So David sent and inquired about the woman. And someone said, “Is this not [a]Bathsheba, the daughter of [b]Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?” Then David sent messengers, and took her; and she came to him, and he lay with her, for she was cleansed from her impurity; and she returned to her house. And the woman conceived; so she sent and told David, and said, “I am with child.”

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Then David sent to Joab, saying, “Send me Uriah the Hittite.” And Joab sent Uriah to David. When Uriah had come to him, David asked how Joab was doing, and how the people were doing, and how the war prospered. And David said to Uriah, “Go down to your house and wash your feet.” So Uriah departed from the king’s house, and a gift of food from the king followed him. 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 So when they told David, saying, “Uriah did not go down to his house,” David said to Uriah, “Did you not come from a journey? Why did you not go down to your house?”

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 23rd March 2022

11 And Uriah said to David, “The ark and Israel and Judah are dwelling in tents, and my lord Joab and the servants of my lord are encamped in the open fields. Shall I then go to my house to eat and 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, “Wait here today also, and tomorrow I will let you depart.” So Uriah remained in Jerusalem that day and the next. 13 Now when David called him, he ate and drank before him; and he made him drunk. And at evening he went out to lie on his bed with the servants of his lord, but he did not go down to his house.

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14 In the morning it happened that David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it by the hand of Uriah. 15 And he wrote in the letter, saying, “Set Uriah in the forefront of the [c]hottest battle, and retreat from him, that he may be struck down and die.” 16 So it was, while Joab besieged the city, that he assigned Uriah to a place where he knew there were valiant men. 17 Then the men of the city came out and fought with Joab. And some of the people of the servants of David fell; and Uriah the Hittite died also

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 23rd March 2022

18 Then Joab sent and told David all the things concerning the war, 19 and charged the messenger, saying, “When you have finished telling the matters of the war to the king, 20 if it happens that the king’s wrath rises, and he says to you: ‘Why did you approach so near to the city when you fought? Did you not know that they would shoot from the wall? 21 Who struck Abimelech the son of [d]Jerubbesheth? Was it not a woman who cast a piece of a millstone on him from the wall, so that he died in Thebez? Why did you go near the wall?’—then you shall say, ‘Your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead also.’ ”

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22 So the messenger went, and came and told David all that Joab had sent by him. 23 And the messenger said to David, “Surely the men prevailed against us and came out to us in the field; then we drove them back as far as the entrance of the gate. 24 The archers shot from the wall at your servants; and some of the king’s servants are dead, and your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead also.”

25 Then David said to the messenger, “Thus you shall say to Joab: ‘Do not let this thing [e]displease you, for the sword devours one as well as another. Strengthen your attack against the city, and overthrow it.’ So encourage him.”

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 23rd March 2022

26 When the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband was dead, she mourned for her husband. 27 And when her mourning was over, David sent and brought her to his house, and she became his wife and bore him a son. But the thing that David had done displeased[f] the Lord.

MEMORY VERSE: So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh.- GALATIANS 5:16–17

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MESSAGE

If we are tempted to think we are exempt from the seduction of sin, this story serves as a cautionary tale. Up until now, David had been an exemplary king. Today’s reading reveals that even David was capable of the unthinkable.

The story happened in three scenes. The first reveals David’s affair with Bathsheba (vv. 2–5). Some suggest that David’s first mistake was staying home while his army went to war. However, kings often stayed behind for their safety and the country’s stability. The text does not say that David was unduly idle.

One night the king was loitering on the palace roof, when he saw a beautiful woman bathing. Acting on lustful impulse, he sent someone to identify the woman. He learned that she was the daughter of a prominent man (Eliam) and the wife of a soldier, but he was undeterred. He summoned her to the palace and slept with her. We are told that she had just purified herself from uncleanness. This sidenote is important, indicating that she was not pregnant before her encounter with David. In due time, however, a baby was on the way

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 23rd March 2022

In the second scene (vv. 6–13), David attempted to cover his sin. He sent for Uriah, bringing him home from the battlefield. When Uriah arrived, David feigned concern about the war and even Uriah himself. This hypocritical side of David leaves us unsettled. Then David tried to manipulate Uriah into sleeping with his wife.

In the third scene (vv. 14–25), David’s actions turn from deceptive to sinister. He sent Uriah back to the front lines with a letter that sealed his fate. His plan worked, and Uriah was killed. Bathsheba became David’s wife and delivered their son. But the author concludes: “The thing David had done displeased the LORD” (v. 27).

>> Spend extra time today, asking God to search your heart. Meditate on Psalm 139:23–24, asking God to bring to mind any sinful thoughts or actions that displease Him.

PRAY WITH US
Father, is there a word or action that we need to repent of? Is there someone with whom we need to make things right? Is there a blind spot where we have done unacknowledged wrong? Reveal these things to us, so we can repent.

Kelli Worrall is Professor of Communications and Chair of the Division of Music and Media Arts at Moody Bible Institute. She is the author of several books, including Pierced and Embraced: 7 Life-Changing Encounters with the Love of Christ. Kelli studied at Cedarville University (BA), Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (MRE), and Roosevelt University (MFA).  She enjoys speaking both individually and with Peter at events and retreats. They live in northwest Illinois with their two children.

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