This world insists that a person who harms another deserves to be punished. However, the person who harms another subtracts his/her dignity, thereby needing prayer, more than the harmed person. Abel was murdered by Cain. Yet, of the two brothers, Abel died at an advantage, rather than Cain.
Cain lived longer, physically, but that did not entitle him to an advantage, in terms of his spiritual condition. A tree planted to produce fruits survives only as it continues to produce fruits. However, when stunted to be unable to produce fruits, the plant deserves uprooting. Any harmful act committed against another person leaves a spiritual gap that needs feeling, to regain normal living.
The spiritual gap widens, in the event that the person attempts to justify the evil conduct. After committing adultery with Uriah’s wife, King David sought to cover up his transgression by pulling Uriah from the war front. He intended for Uriah to sleep with his wife. Thereby, creating an impression that the conceived child in his adulterous act would be assumed to belong to Uriah.
Uriah viewed the idea of being pulled out of the war front, for the sake of sleeping with his wife, as inconsistent with logic. How could he come to enjoy sleeping with his wife, when his comrades needed him most in war trenches? He managed to persuade the King to reverse his decision. However, David still needed to cover up the committed sin.
What later came to his mind was to ensure that Uriah perished in the war. This was assumed as would free him from the guilt of adultery. He would then marry Bathsheba without having to feel guilty for the disgusting sin. Therefore, David arranged a scheme, instructing the commander to place Uriah at the forefront of the fiercest battle. This arrangement would conveniently ensure Uriah’s death in the battle.
The sin of adultery led to David committing the murder of an innocent person. The spiritual condition of Uriah was safe, but David was exposed to breaking his relationship with God. Contrary to most people’s assumption, the conduct of evil does not leave an evildoer at an advantage. It leaves him completely devastated and haunted. David assumed having succeeded in conniving to murder Uriah, but spiritually multiplying his sinful condition.
It was only after God’s intervention that David was rescued from such a debilitating condition. God confronted him through Prophet Nathan. This enabled David to come back to his senses. He could not repay Uriah for his sinful conduct, but as having died, Uriah was safe. Let us now explore some possibilities of what Uriah could have done, after discovering that the King had shamefully committed this sinful conduct.