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Loyalty Killed Uriah (2 Samuel 11:6-13)

Introductory Thoughts

Loyalty is a godly trait, and like most godly traits, difficulties can accompany it. The story of David and Uriah serves as a prime example. David sinned against the Lord when he committed adultery with Bathsheba, Uriah’s wife. His actions caused her to become expectant with child. In an attempt to cover his wickedness, he sent for Uriah, his faithful soldier. David knew that his only opportunity to hide his sin from man was for Uriah to go home to Bathsheba. However, Uriah was a faithful soldier. He simply refused to enjoy the comforts of being with his wife while his fellow soldiers were enduring the hardness of battle.  Uriah instead chose to sleep at the door of the king’s house. This loyalty caused David to reevaluate his devious plan and escalate the consequences. He decided to order Uriah to the hottest part of the battle insuring certain death. It was not just the enemy that killed Uriah, but also his loyalty to an unfaithful man!

Devotional Thoughts

  • (For children): Many men in the Bible lost their lives because they were loyal to God. A few examples are John the Baptist (Luke 9:9), Stephen (Acts 7:57-59), James (Acts 12:1-2), and Paul (2 Timothy 4:6). Can you think of any others?
  • (For everyone): What would have happened had Uriah been unfaithful to his fellow soldiers and David? How would we think differently of Uriah if he had proven disloyal?
  • Urias (Uriah) is mentioned in the genealogy of Christ (Matthew 1:6). Read the account to see what is so unique about his inclusion. Why do you think the Lord put him in the genealogy of Christ?

Prayer Thoughts

  • Thank the Lord for the faithful example of Uriah.
  • Ask the Lord to teach you that loyalty is worth the cost.