URIAH, A GLORIOUS MESSENGER.
*WISDOM FOR TODAY.*
*URIAH: A GLORIOUS MESSENGER.*
2 Sam 11:14-15, 17 *And it came to pass in the morning, that David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent it by the hand of Uriah.*
*And he wrote in the letter, saying, Set ye Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retire ye from him, that he may be smitten, and die.*
*".....and Uriah the Hittite died....*
*Insight and Highlight.*
A glorious messenger is one who delivers messages sent through him with utmost faithfulness.
Uriah, a messenger of indirect form of communication, became a victim of the ethics expected of a faithful messenger whose duty is only to convey and communicate the message as was sent him either by letter or by words without asking questions.
A man of war became a messenger by chance and of doom.
By the faithfulness of a messenger, neither adding nor deleting from the message earns them the title of the glorious messenger.
As good as the glorious messenger, he earns his reputation as a faithful one to deliver as he was asked, so he also risks his reputation and maybe his life as the case was for Uriah.
While this may seem no big deal or may be the simplest way to communicate with Joab, it can be a very difficult position to a faithful, glorious messenger as it was to Uriah.
Sending this indirect message of such vice through Uriah was the highest level of betrayal by David.
The Bible encourages and defends that glorious messengers must be treated for their faithfulness. Just as their title suggests, and so they should be treated.
Prov 25:13 says *As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to them that send him: for he refresheth the soul of his masters.*
This teaches two things:
First, as a glorious messenger, he will be refreshing to you who sent him.
Second, if you respect your messenger, you will also cooperate by sending refreshing messages through him.
However, in order to be glorious, a messenger must be of discretion. He must apply discretion to soften hard messages sent through him so that he may refresh his masters (Prov 25:13) and bring healing to the hearers (Prov 13:17)
It is the highest regard and expectation of the office for the messenger to *"....refresh the soul of his masters."*
Prov 13:17 says, *An unreliable messenger stumbles into trouble, but a reliable messenger brings healing*(NLT)
This tells us that there are wicked messengers who may end up being so by the way they deliver the messages sent through them.
However, a wise and reliable one will deliver the message sent through him in order to bring healing to the hearers.
Let us take a cue from God.
No matter how fierce God's message is to His people through His messengers, the prophet, God always leaves the people with an opportunity to repent, Jonah 1:2.
Do not abuse a messenger. Be faithful just as he is faithful as a glorious messenger.
The abuse of the office of a glorious messenger has made many to mock people who, out of faithfulness, had being messenger of messages which they ended up being victims of.
Do not abuse the glorious messenger, especially the messenger of the Good news.
*Call to Word action.*
Choose a deserving messenger and, as one chosen, be a God-fearing messenger.
Prov 10:26 ► *As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so are sluggards to those who send them.*
*The Christian clarion duty.*
Be a messenger of good discretion.
Whatever messages we send through our messengers may determine who they will be if adequate discretion is not applied when required by the messenger.
Lord, make me a worthy messenger of the Lord and a worthy ambassador in my generation in Jesus name.
Good morning all, and have a blessed day today.
God bless you.