Thursday, September 22, 2011

2 Samuel 11: Uriah the Hittite

In the story of David and Bathsheba, there is a person that is often left out of the story.  Uriah!  Some might even have to wonder who he was.  We often refer to him as Bathsheba's husband, but he does have a name, Uriah.  Something I noticed today while I was reading was the last part of his name, the Hittite.  The Hittites were a people group that the Israelite people had fought.  They were enemies of Israel, but here is a Hittite man  that is called back from battle.  That means that a foreigner was fighting for the armies of Israel.  He had turned away from his nation and his false gods.  He had turned to the one true God and was fighting for him.  He was called back from the battle and David invited him to go home.  He didn't go home.  He slept outside with some servants.  David asked him why and in verse 11 we get his response.  "Uriah said to David, “The ark and Israel and Judah are staying in tents, and my commander Joab and my lord’s men are camped in the open country. How could I go to my house to eat and drink and make love to my wife? As surely as you live, I will not do such a thing!”  

Did you catch that?  He didn't go home and act normal because first of all the ark of the covenant was away with the troops.  The physical representation of God on Earth among the Israelite people was away in battle, so he couldn't go about acting normally.  Secondly he mentions the men with whom he is fighting.  He is considering God and the people fighting for God.   That doesn't sound like a random foreign guy who showed up in Israel.  He continues when he goes back to the front lines.  He continues to fight valiantly even to the point of giving his life in an effort that was doomed for failure.  Uriah the Hittite was a valiantly warrior for God!  Even though that has gone unnoticed by most of us, that effort was not unnoticed by God.  God noticed the foreigner who had abandoned his previous ways to surrender himself to God.  

Does that say anything to you?  Should it say something?  It did for me.  God cares about the foreigner.  He doesn't forget him, especially when that foreigner is giving of himself for God.  When we see a foreigner like that, we should treat him as we would a fellow Christian.  So then along those lines, who is a foreigner to us.  Not the normal definition we think of as in someone from a different country.  There are no country lines with Jesus.  It is either Jesus or not Jesus.  So there should be no foreigner to us!  We need to act like everyone is a part of our community.  Isn't that they way to be loving people like Jesus?


  1. oh wow.. who knew that such a small insignificate person in the book could end up being such a giant story hidden. i dont think that anyone would honestly go into such deapth about such a regular man but i think its honestly pretty cool that with the research and the things that decifered for yourself that this is honestly probably a better story then the one that was actually meant to be read about in the book. This man who did not have the glory of most of the people in the bible, who did the right thing instead of the wrongs as the people of his nation, did what was right without the glory of it. and this says something about kthe cdharacter of him

  2. wow.. i never thought of it like that. we studied that passage last year in school, but i always thought of him as just the guy who was killed because of david's sin. throughout the whole year, we talked about many things that happened, but i honestly just thought of them as just people who died in the stories. i never actually thought about the people and after thinking about it, he really was a great man. I also didn't realize the importance of "the Hittite". it takes alot to turn your back on your own beliefs that you have been taught and go to another. i never looked that much into it, but wow great analysis. -kayla

  3. Thanks for the comments guys! It really made me think differently about the whole story when God showed me that. It makes the story more real.

  4. I'm with kayla on this we studied this book last year and that point was never brought up. It brings a new loght into the story, he is no longer the man that was killed but he was a man who was living his life for god and was killed. This brings a new perspective into the story . I love ebing able to see peoples different interpretations and insights on differeent stories and learning something I never knew that was there for someone else. -jordan