The Environment

The Human Condition

King David’s Crime

Literal Comprehension:
Once King Devid send joub, his commander to fight, but he himself remained at Jerusalem. One evening he saw Bathshiba a beautiful woman taking a bath. She was the wife of Uriah an officer on the battlefield. The king sent for her and lay with her. When she became pregnant he asked joub to send Uriah. When Uriah came to the palace, the king asked him to go home, but Uriah refused to do so because his commander had been on the battlefield. When he did not go home the second time, the king sends him to the battlefield with a letter to joub. Then joub appointed him to the forefront as ordered by the king a Uriah was killed. This message was sent to the king. And Bathshiba mourned for her husband. When the mourning was over the king married her and she bore him a son. But God was unhappy with the king.

Interpretation:
This story might be trying to tell us that everyone is the victim of passion. The rulers use their special power and enjoy it, but other persons suppress this desire. It may also be interpreted to mean that everyone is excusable in politics. The king is free to do whatever he likes. But an ordinary citizen is punished if he or she does not help rulers to satisfy their whims.

Critical Thinking:
When I read this story, I had the wrong impression of the Bible. Aren’t their other gods’ characters in the story of the Bible? Or does king Devid stand for a good king? If he is a good king, what are the other ruler’s views? If we read this story as a political story regardless of morality, we can appreciate it. It truly describes human weakness. Even the king is not free from passion.

Assimilation:
This story has helped me to understand myself better. It is also taught me that I should not follow the example of a great person if his action is bad. Absolute power corrupts the leadership of the rulers. If the rulers are corrupt the whole society decay. Now I know why my country has not improved. Immoral and undemocratic politician have used their power for their personal benefits, not for the development of the country. Therefor the condition of my country becoming worse every day.