Remembering stories for the first time again.

I forgot about Uriah. Maybe you have, too. A couple years ago I wrote a series of posts about Bathsheba’s husband, Uriah the Hittite. He’s the man that David had killed because David had raped his wife and wanted to cover up the resulting pregnancy. Occasionally, I’ve thought about the story I was telling. I’ve […]

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Suspicions about the king.

Continuing the investigation of “Who killed Uriah?”: It took Jethro two days to get from Rabbah to Jerusalem. He could have completed the forty miles in a day, but he needed time to think. And to arrive in Jerusalem with some energy. After his conversation with the messenger, it was clear to Jethro that David […]

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A messenger talks to the king.

From 2 Samuel 11:18-25 “You had to tell David about Uriah? Was that the battle when several men were killed?” The man nodded. Jethro filled the messenger’s cup again. “It was a strange thing. We were sending squads into battle regularly those days. But it was almost a battle game. We’d advance, they’d fire, we’d […]

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A crucial messenger.

Last week: We met a soldier named Jethro. At the start of the week he was sitting by the destroyed Ammonite city of Rabbah. He was recalling his investigation of the death of Uriah. His recollections took him to the siege of the city, some months before. When we left him, Jethro had just discovered […]

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Joab.

When Jethro heard that Joab had been talking to Uriah right before he was killed, he was curious. There were innocent connections between the two men. But Joab could arrange someone’s death. Joab had a history of moral innovation. Joab was one of three brothers with outstanding military careers in David’s army. The other two […]

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