Sin is Cruel
The ruthless, defiant, aggressive characteristics of sin that are the headlines of our race will undoubtedly become our epitaph unless the world we live in can be revived. To the ears of the celestial Listener, earth cries … and before the eyes of her Maker … earth bleeds.
The cruel nature of sin is nowhere depicted more graphically than in the treacherous dealings of King David toward Uriah, the husband of Bathsheba. It wasn’t enough for the king to have taken Uriah’s wife to satisfy his lust. David, caught in his own web as a result of Bathsheba’s pregnancy, sent for Uriah, who had been away fighting for Israel. The idea was to use Uriah’s expression of love for his wife to cover up the king’s sin. Uriah’s integrity, however, was not a factor that David had reckoned with. The loyal soldier slept with the servants at the door of the palace rather than enjoy what his comrades on the battlefront could not.
When David’s desperate attempts to urge Uriah to move home with his wife failed (in spite of David’s success in making him drunk), the king, driven to cover his sin, finally settled on a surefire plan. The following morning David sent Uriah off carrying his own death warrant. The king’s instructions were immediately understood by his military captain, Joab, and the cruel scheme unfolded. Uriah was placed on the front lines of the battle.
The loyal Uriah probably never noticed his own army quietly retreating behind him as he fought with renewed vitality and determination after his privileged audience with the king. Left exposed and alone, Uriah became the target of the enemy. The king, receiving the news of Uriah’s death and heaving a sigh of relief, “graciously” allowed Bathsheba time to mourn her dead husband before making her his own property.
After hearing a story like this one, it doesn’t require much effort to become incensed and indignant over man’s inhumanity to man. If Uriah had deserved such treatment the Bible account would not have stirred such pathos. We tend to see sin as a cruel and reprehensible phenomenon in proportion to the goodness and innocence of the victim. In light of this, don’t you find it mystifying that people, at least Christian people, are not revolted over what sin has done to God?
He came unto His own and His own received Him not. John 1:11
They have forsaken me the fountain of living waters … Jeremiah 2:13
I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded. Proverbs 1:24
O my people, what have I done unto thee? and wherein have I wearied thee? testify against me. Micah 6:3
And when he was come near, he beheld the city and wept over it. Luke 19:41
Often I have pictured God, the Mighty Ruler of the universe, sitting on His throne with His face buried in His hands, weeping. Sitting on that throne is all the incomprehensible power of the universe under absolute control. Yet the adulterous behavior of His beloved touches the heart and feelings of this mighty yet gentle Being and the response causes the hosts of heaven to marvel.
Where is there a more poignant sound than that of Jehovah sobbing? Who will stand by God in His hour of grief?