“Go down to your house and wash your feet.”
2 Sam 11:8
It must have been a long time since Uriah had parted from his beautiful wife and, humanly speaking, his desire
of reuniting with the woman must have been quite irresistible. In fact, that
was exactly what David thought Uriah would do, not knowing that the Hittite was
too honorable of a soldier to do such a thing during a time of war when his
fellow soldiers were fighting the battle.
With the king’s permission and encouragement, Uriah should have gone home to see his wife to spend the night
with her. Considering their age, they might not have been married that long and
the pain of separation must have been quite unbearable for both parties, yet
Uriah did just the opposite of what most men would have done under such
Uriah probably had no earthly idea why Joab sent him home out of the blue, but he might have considered it a
rare opportunity to impress the king by his loyalty to the country and to his fellow
soldiers; therefore he decided to stay away from his wife. It was probably a
career move on Uriah’s part, for he thought the king would be pleased with him
and would surely consider him for promotion when the opportunity arose.
Was it possible that Uriah and Bathsheba were having marital issues at the time and their relationship might
not have been as tight as we think? The marriage between the two was mostly
likely arranged and, even though the bride was beautiful beyond compare, beauty
alone somehow failed to appeal to the man and Uriah simply didn’t love the
woman. Even if it once did, familiarity seemed to have bred enough contempt over
the years and Uriah seemed to have lost longing for his wife.
All of this is, of course, speculative.
It was entirely possible that Uriah was such an honorable man that, like he stated to the king, he could not
make himself go home to lie with his wife while all his fellow soldiers were
fighting a brutal battle against their deadly foes. He mind was probably so preoccupied
by what was happening in the battle that he had no desire to do anything
romantic. Going back to the frontline was all he wanted to do at the time and
other things, including his relationship with his wife, became secondary in
Being an upright and honorable man got Uriah killed. That is ironic, isn’t he? Had he been a lesser man, he
would have survived the crisis and things would have been fine.
Things wouldn’t have been fine.
David would have gotten away with adultery, and this might have given him a false sense of security to continue
to indulge in sin. It was a good thing for David to be exposed and we have all
benefited from his remorse and repentance. We at least learn what not to do
when we encounter temptation and what to do to be reconciled with the Lord when
we fall into sin.