KEY SCRIPTURE: Romans 15:4 “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. “
We continue with our discussion of the various aspects of bible study. This time we look at character study. A character study involves taking a study on the life of any of the characters in the bible. There are so many men and women in the bible, with wonderful experiences that can teach us a lot.
There are people like Moses, Abraham, David, Elisha, Uriah, John the Baptist, Peter, Paul, Abigail, Mary and many more. It is amazing to study about their characters. On studying, some of the characters, you have to patiently read through a number of chapters from the scriptures to have a fair grasp of these character.
I will want us to study about a simple character like Uriah. The story about him can be found in 2nd Samuel 11:1-27. From verse 3 we are told that Uriah was the husband of Bathsheba. He was also a Hittite. King David happened to have an affair with Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah. The woman became pregnant and therefore told King David. The king planned to cover up his sin. Uriah was on the battle field fighting under the army general Joab. King David Asked Uriah to come home. The king then asked him to go and sleep at home supposing he would sleep with his wife but he lay at the king’s door. (2nd Sam.11:9). King David asked him, “why did you not go to your house?” This was Uriah’s answer, “And Uriah said unto David, the ark, and Israel and Judah, abide in tents, and my lord Joab, and the servants of my lord are encamped in the open fields, shall I then go to mine house, to eat and drink and lie with my wife? As thou liveth, I will not do this thing”. By this answer Uriah demonstrated that he was a noble man, a dependable, selfless, and a very focused man to his duties. His commitment to uprightness saved him from falling into the trap set for him. COMMIT YOURSELF TO RIGHTEOUS STANDS AND YOU WOULD BE SAFE FROM SATANIC TRAPS.
In verse 13, King David made him drink so he would go to his house, yet he did not fall into that temptation. Uriah was a determined character.
Finally, the king wrote a letter to be given to Joab, to place Uriah at a hot point in the battle so he would be killed. Uriah was killed by this plot yet he died gallantly. Always stand for the truth no matter the threats.
Father, I pray that my life would continually be dedicated to honouring you inspite of what men may say or do.
Job 2 :3
“And the Lord said unto Satan has thou considered my son Job, that there is no one like him on earth, a perfect and upright man, one that feareth God, and eschewed evil? And still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause.”
” Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on thee.”