Thoughts On Uriah The Hittite In 2 Samuel 11:1-27
Posted by Job on September 24, 2007
I have always found Uriah to be one of the most compelling characters in the Bible. Among the worst nightmares of virtually every man would be to suffer Uriah’s treatment! Yet it shows how being completely last on earth is just fine so long as you remain righteous, faithful, and in covenant relationship with God, for whatever evil that you face on earth will not even be worthy of comparison with the glory that you will inherit in heaven! So men and women who believe that their life circumstances would justify getting mad at and turning against God: see Uriah. First, it is an apology for God. God did not do this to Uriah, but it was totally a product of David’s lust, which progressed just as the Epistle of James says: conceived within David and its fruition was death. Fortunately for David, it was not his own death, but the death of an innocent for HIS sin in HIS place. God saved David through grace by use of not one but TWO substitutes. Uriah died in David’s place because of his sin of adultery, David’s child died in his place because of his sin of murder. In that respect, both Uriah and David’s child point to Christ, with David’s child even more so because he was David’s seed. But the fate of Uriah shows that injustice exists in this world because sin entered creation by virtue of Adam’s disobedience. God deserves none of the blame for the evil that befalls even the very innocent. Therefore, if Uriah was righteous even as he was being thoroughly abused in the worst possible manner, righteous unto the end so that his reward would be in heaven, so much more should we be!
Second, there is a point of contrast: Uriah was a Hittite. Obviously he either joined himself to the nation through conversion or his family had at some point in order for him to be allowed to marry a Jewess and be a high officer in the military, but also this would have had to have been recent enough to where Uriah’s Hittite heritage was worthy of distinction. So, contrast the righteousness of the Hittite Uriah, the descendant of the non – elect pagans among whom sexual immorality and murder were commonly practiced, to David, a born and bred Israelite but moreover the king and the personification of the Jewish ideal to this day! I am always fascinated by non – Hebrews that are accounted among the righteous in the Old Testament, and Uriah is perhaps the most so, especially seeing how he was used in this context.