Uriah: Faith of a Foreigner

Uriah was a native of Canaan, which had been invaded by Israel, and yet he ended up fighting side by side with the Jewish infantry in the Israel-Ammonite war.

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Uriah was a native of Canaan, which had been invaded by Israel, and yet he ended up fighting side by side with the Jewish infantry in the Israel-Ammonite war.

The Old Testament is full of examples of foreigners who accept the God of Israel, and the Bible regards their assimilation to Israel positively.

While Uriah may have been a Hittite by birth, by choice he belonged to the God of Israel.

It is interesting to note that drunkenness was used by David to break down Uriah’s principles, the same scheme used by the two daughters of Lot which led to the origin of the Ammonites (Genesis 19:30-38).

Uriah, a man of principle cannot be manipulated by David’s “control”.

Uriah believed that it was wrong to use his situation for personal comfort or advantage.

Sin has consequences and shows how many lives one particular sin affected.


Source: AmazingFacts.org

The greatest dangers are almost always from within, not from without.

What were the end results of Uriah’s faithfulness? What were the long-term results of David’s sin?

If David, a man after God’s own heart, could fall into such sin, how vulnerable are we to temptation?

Though David sinned, he recognized God’s power to forgive and cleanse, and he threw himself entirely on God’s mercy.

What could you do to reach out to “foreigners” of your church?

Uriah–honest, loyal, principled–gets murdered by the king he faithfully served. David–dishonest, treacherous, deceitful–gets a beautiful woman as a wife and lives many years. Discuss.

source: SSNet.org

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