Today the post discusses Bathsheba from 2 Samuel 11-12. Bathsheba makes for a tricky discussion about women of faith. Most times, the name Bathsheba invokes a negative connotation. But if you read the story of Bathsheba, this bad reputation is actually unwarranted.
We are introduced to Bathsheba in 2 Samuel 11, ‘Then it happened one evening that David arose from his bed and walked on the roof of the king’s house. And from the roof he saw a woman bathing, and the woman was very beautiful to behold. So David sent and inquired about the woman. And someone said, “Is this not Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?” Then David sent messengers, and took her; and she came to him, and he lay with her, for she was cleansed from her impurity; and she returned to her house. ‘ 2 Samuel 11:2-4. Bathsheba was bathing and David inquired about her. He discovered she was married, but still sent for her. David initiated the affair with Bathsheba. While there is no doubt of Bathsheba committing adultery, she many times gets viewed as the seductress. But this reputation is not found in the scriptures.
What do we learn from Bathsheba?
Bathsheba was bathing. No implication that this inappropriate. Bathsheba was taken to the palace. Again, Bathsheba did nothing wrong here. She respected and followed the king’s orders. During this time for women, refusing to obey the king could mean death, so Bathsheba choices were limited when she was pursued by David. We know she made the wrong choice to sleep with David, but we don’t read in scriptures about God rebuking her as He did David. But we do know how Bathsheba handled herself after this affair and that’s where we can learn a great deal from her.
Bathsheba overcame life’s difficulties and made the best of a bad situation. She went from being the one wife of Uriah to a polygamous marriage with David. The bible doesn’t elaborate on details about this situation, but I would think it was not a pleasant experience for Bathsheba. She came into the marriage widowed and pregnant. I imagine the rumors circulated about her situation made her introduction into the palace a difficult one. Bathsheba suffered the terrible loss of a child. What heartache she must have experienced to lose a husband, her home, and her child in just a matter of months.
But God blessed David and Bathsheba with another child, Solomon. Through Solomon’s writings, we learn about Bathsheba’s influence. Most bible scholars attribute Solomon with writing Proverbs 31. Proverbs 31 begins with crediting the authors mother ‘The sayings of King Lemuel—an inspired utterance his mother taught him.’ Proverbs 31:1. The latter part of this chapter describes a woman of noble character. Bathsheba taught her son these qualities to look for in a wife, and Solomon gave this teaching to the world. This is another powerful example of the influence a woman had on the kingdom of God. Bathsheba taught her son well and we reap the benefits of these teachings from the Bible.
We read in 1 Kings more about Bathsheba. We know that Bathsheba was respected by her wise son, Solomon so much that she sat on the throne with him. ‘Bathsheba therefore went to King Solomon, to speak to him for Adonijah. And the king rose up to meet her and bowed down to her, and sat down on his throne and had a throne set for the king’s mother; so she sat at his right hand.’ 1 Kings 2:19. The honor that Solomon gave Bathsheba showed a great deal of love, respect, and appreciation for her. I believe that reflects the importance of her example. Solomon knew her value and trusted her in this great position at his right hand.
Bathsheba was a great and honorable woman and embraced the circumstances of her life to the best of her abilities.. She raised Solomon who became King after his father David and was known for his wisdom. Because of Bathsheba’s influence, we are blessed with Solomon’s writings in the Old Testament – Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon. Her example has ever impacted the world and given many women a standard to aspire to in Proverbs 31.
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