By Evan Knies
In 2 Samuel, David becomes King of Israel and the Lord makes a covenant with David. In Chapter 11, David sinned against God and against one of his servants (Uriah) by laying with his wife. Bathsheba, Uriah’s wife, becomes pregnant with David’s child. David calls Uriah home, asked him how the war was going, but wanted him to lay with his wife so that Uriah would think the child is his.
This action did not go how David planned and Uriah did not go down to his house. Uriah was concerned about his men in battle. David put Uriah at the front of the line in battle and Uriah died. David sins against Bathsheba in lying with her, Uriah by taking his wife and killing him. David sinned against God because he abandoned the covenant.
King David committed these acts and they did not go unpunished. David’s first child with Bathsheba dies. However, they have a second child named Solomon. Solomon will follow David in his footsteps and be the King of Israel. But more importantly, a King that does not fail his people will come from the line of Solomon. The gospel of Matthew mentions David’s sin by describing Bathsheba as the wife of Uriah (Matthew 1:6). In Christ, the true king has come and redeems a people for his namesake.