[emaildevotionals] 04.20.2005 am 2 Sam. 11.11

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From: Rdruhl@...
Date: 20 Apr 2005 08:01:10 -0000
Read the Bible in a Year 
This morning read Second Samuel 9--11 


Uriah the Honorable 


After David committed adultery with Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah, and she became pregnant, David summoned Uriah from a war and told him to go home, expecting him to sleep with his wife, so that it might appear that the child was his. Yet, Uriah did not go home, but stayed with the servants of the king. David questioned Uriah about why he did not go home. Hear the noble words of an honorable man as he speaks to the king, 

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" (2 Sam. 11:11). 

How can he have pleasure while his fellow-soldiers are engaged in warfare? This is an honorable man. He did not think of himself, but he put himself in the sandals of others. May the great God of heaven give us more honorable men and women like Uriah, who did not seek self-pleasure first, but the good of the cause that is greater than they are.

Don Ruhl
Church of Christ
220 NE Savage Street
Grants Pass, Oregon 97526-1310
541-476-3100
http://www.plymouth-church.com/dons_corner2.html

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