sermonette: The Convicted Soldier
Uriah: A Soldier With Conviction of Purpose
Ted E. Bowling
Given 25-Jan-20; Sermon #1526s; 14 minutes
Considering the apostle Paul's soldier metaphors in Ephesians 6 and II Timothy 2:3-4, it is evident that the standard of behavior for a soldier is higher than that of a civilian. The Army Field Manual emphasizes that a good soldier must exemplify honesty and self-control, the same qualities God desires in His called-out ones. Uriah the Hittite, husband of Bathsheba who was murdered by David, demonstrated this impeccably high standard by refusing to violate his high code of honor. Because David sacrificed such a good man, the scriptures remember Uriah in the genealogy of Christ (Matthew 1:6), who also serves as the Captain of our salvation, enduring as a good soldier. Living as we do in a world of lies and corruption, doing right will make us stick out like a sore thumb. Like good soldiers (ordinary people being prepared for something special), God will test us. Yet, Christ will provide us what we need to bring us to His Kingdom.