It didn’t take long for things to go from bad to worse. Any hope David had of keeping his sin with Bathsheba concealed evaporated when she sent word to him that she was pregnant. Once again, David had a choice to make: He could come clean or he could seek a way to cover up his sin. Sadly, David chose the latter. His first attempt to cover his sin was to recall Uriah from the battlefield and encourage him to sleep with his wife. But that didn’t work because of Uriah’s loyalty to his fellow troops.
Seeing that cover-up attempt fail twice, David then took a more drastic approach. He ordered Joab, his general, to send Uriah ahead into the battle and then withdraw from him, leaving him to die; then David would be free to take Bathsheba as his wife. We need to be clear about this: David’s order led directly to Uriah’s death. David was a murderer. What had begun as perhaps a lingering look had ended in murder. In this we see that there is truly no such thing as a “harmless, little sin.”
How have you experienced your attempts to cover up instead of confess sin lead to further sin and harm to yourself and others? What sins might you need to confess to God and fellow believers today?