This may be getting ahead of myself, but 1 Chronicles chapter 11 is one of the most shocking chapter in the Bible as it relates to understanding how far we will go to satisfy our own sinful desires.
This may be surprising to you, especially if you are familiar with 1 Chronicles. As we’ve seen so far, 1 Chronicles is essentially chapter upon chapter of genealogies and lists (hence the name “chronicles”), but there is one name that represents the darkest moment of David’s life. The name is that of Uriah the Hittite, one of David’s mighty men, and the murdered husband of an adulterous woman.
You see, most of 1 Chronicles 11 is a record of the men with whom David most closely associated, his mighty men. These are the strongest, bravest, and most loyal to king David among all the people of Israel. They are about thirty strong and represent David’s inner circle. Among these mighty men is Uriah the Hittite, the husband of Bathsheba, the woman who is essentially stolen by the king to satisfy his own desires. This night of passion led to a pregnancy, and that pregnancy led to faithful Uriah’s murder. He was a man of absolute integrity, he was David’s friend and servant, and he paid the price for David’s sin.
Those three little words in verse 41, “Uriah the Hittite”, should be a sobering reminder of how dangerous our own sins can be, but praise be to God that Christ has covered all our sins with his very own blood. Our sins were so great that the only suitable payment would be the death of the Son of God Himself. He was faithful to the end, and he remains faithful still, for He is alive, and in His death and resurrection we have the power to resist sins deadly temptations so that those whom we love may not suffer the consequences of our sinful desires. Let us live in light of this truth, that Christ has bled and died so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin’s power, and, in being released from that power, we are now free to fight the fight of faith, against sin and temptation, claiming the victory over sin that Christ has won for us.