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?