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Of the five women mentioned in the line of Jesus, Bathsheba is perhaps the most complex. Did she seduce or not seduce? Should she have been complicit with the King's request, or should she have maintained her loyalty to Uriah? Was the King that powerful to make women submit to any request? These are questions that remain speculative. What we know is that David desired Bathsheba and he sent guards to bring her to his room: 2Sa 11:1-5 (NIV) In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king's men and the whole Israelite army. They destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained in Jerusalem. (2) One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful, (3) and David sent someone to find out about her. The man said, "She is Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite." (4) Then David sent messengers to get her. She came to him, and he slept with her. (Now she was purifying herself from her monthly uncleanness.) Then she went back home. (5) The woman conceived and sent word to David, saying, "I am pregnant."
We do not know when David told Bathsheba about his murderous cover-up. More than likely it was when Nathan the prophet exposed David as "thou art the man"! What we do know is Bathsheba remained with David for about 20 years until his death and also gave him 3 more sons after the first son died in punishment for his actions as pronounced by Nathan the prophet. The next 2 sons born would be Solomon and Nathan: Out of Solomon would come Joseph and out of Nathan would come Mary so that their baby boy would literally be the Son of David.
Only God could weave this scarlet thread. Bathsheba was David's 8th wife along with 12 or more concubines. Many other sons were offspring from David, but God's plan included only the two boys born to Bathsheba after her first son died. Bathsheba must have had a forgiving heart....Bathsheba must have had patience, love and understanding. She could have had "payback time" for King David in his suffering state of health but she responded with kindness and goodness. At the bedside of her aging husband, she approved for a beautiful virgin girl to lay beside her husband for warmth and comfort: 1Ki 1:1-4 NIV When King David was very old, he could not keep warm even when they put covers over him. (2) So his attendants said to him, "Let us look for a young virgin to serve the king and take care of him. She can lie beside him so that our lord the king may keep warm." (3) Then they searched throughout Israel for a beautiful young woman and found Abishag, a Shunammite, and brought her to the king. (4) The woman was very beautiful; she took care of the king and waited on him, but the king had no sexual relations with her....1Ki 2: 10-12 NIV Then David rested with his ancestors and was buried in the City of David. (11) He had reigned forty years over Israel--seven years in Hebron and thirty-three in Jerusalem. (12) So Solomon sat on the throne of his father David, and his rule was firmly established.
Bathsheba must have had the Spirit of Jesus!
Scott and Jane Johnson minister with East Faulkner Church of Christ and BRG Bible. Bible questions can be sent to [email protected]
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