v 15. The letter instructed Joab, “Station Uriah on the front lines where the battle is fiercest. Then pull back so that he will be killed.”
Having spent the night thinking about it David had a simple solution – get someone to kill Uriah. After all, he is not a fellow Jew; only Joab will know about it – and he is a loyal soldier so won’t ask awkward questions. Simple, job done; when Bathsheba has the baby everyone will assume it was Uriah her husband who was the father. ‘What a pity he got killed in the battle.’
The only people who know the wretched truth are David and Bathsheba, or that’s what you think David. There is however the little matter of God knowing too – the inescapable, inconvenient, embarrassing, and altogether difficult issue of the Sovereign Lord of all creation knowing what has happened. Did you, for just one moment, forget that David?
Or were you hoping it might pass unnoticed?
If you have ever felt like that when you know full well you have sinned, then you are in surprising company! If, like David, you are aware of wrongdoing and hope it will go away or pass unnoticed and you scheme to avoid it becoming public, just remind yourself that God is in on it too.