Bathsheba Forgiven & Restored
Updated: May 10, 2020
Word of the Day: Restored
To bring back to an original state.
Bathsheba was a beautiful woman the wife of Uriah, her husband was the most loyal commander in David's kingdom. Her name meant "The Seventh Daughter or The Daughter of an Oath". Her family background was from the family of Eliam a God-fearing family whose name meant "God is Gracious". Eliam was one of David's adviser.
The story begins in 2 Samuel chapter 11 when David woke up late in the morning walking to the rooftop of his house to find Bathsheba taking a bath. David coveted this woman the moment he saw her, and sent messengers to get bring her as if she was available. What we see in this story is that he saw her, sent for her, and sinned with her. David had seduced this woman while her husband was on duty fighting the Ammonites.
2 Samuel 11:2–4
And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king's house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon.
3 And David sent and enquired after the woman. And one said, Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?
4 And David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in unto him, and he lay with her; for she was purified from her uncleanness: and she returned unto her house.
Bathsheba yielded to adultery the Bible does not say that she refused to have sex with David. She becomes pregnant and sent a message to David to let him know that she was with child. Bathsheba could not come directly to the king, she needed a mediator to express her situation.
2 Samuel 11:5
And the woman conceived, and sent and told David, and said, I am with child.
David brings her husband back from the battle, David had a plan and wanted Uriah to have intimacy with Bathsheba that way Uriah would think that the baby was his but the plan did not work. Once Uriah arrived at the king's house David asked him for a report on the war and after that he ordered him to go to his house and gave him a gift of food.
2 Samuel 11:6–8
And David sent to Joab, saying, Send me Uriah the Hittite. And Joab sent Uriah to David.
7 And when Uriah was come unto him, David demanded of him how Joab did, and how the people did, and how the war prospered.
8 And David said to Uriah, Go down to thy house, and wash thy feet. And Uriah departed out of the king's house, and there followed him a mess of meat from the king.
But Uriah being that loyal commander did not go back to his house and slept at the door of the king's house. We don't know why Uriah did not go back to his house, anyone would think that a man would like to have intimacy with his wife especially when he was gone for so many days.
2 Samuel 11:9
But Uriah slept at the door of the king's house with all the servants of his lord, and went not down to his house.
Well the reason why Uriah did not go back to his house is because he was not a man to take pleasure while his soldiers were at war. What a loyal man! And that is exactly what Uriah told the king when he was notified that he had not gone back to his house. So David told him to spend the night in his kingdom and that he would send him back to the war zone the next day.
2 Samuel 11:10–12
And when they had told David, saying, Uriah went not down unto his house, David said unto Uriah, Camest thou not from thy journey? why then didst thou not go down unto thine house?
11 And Uriah said unto David, The ark, and Israel, and Judah, abide in tents; and my lord Joab, and the servants of my lord, are encamped in the open fields; shall I then go into mine house, to eat and to drink, and to lie with my wife? as thou livest, and as thy soul liveth, I will not do this thing.
12 And David said to Uriah, Tarry here to day also, and tomorrow I will let thee depart. So Uriah abode in Jerusalem that day, and the morrow.
The next day David wrote a letter to Joab and sent the letter with Uriah, this letter contained the order by the king to put Uriah at the forefront. This means that David wanted him dead. David not only slept with Uriah's wife but now was plotting the death of his loyal commander. Uriah did not know what the letter contained.
2 Samuel 11:14–15
And when David had called him, he did eat and drink before him; and he made him drunk: and at even he went out to lie on his bed with the servants of his lord, but went not down to his house.
14 And it came to pass in the morning, that David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent it by the hand of Uriah.
Uriah was killed at the war zone as David had planned it and as soon as the accustomed period of mourning passed Bathsheba became David's wife. And the son of an adulterous union was born.
2 Samuel 11:17
And the men of the city went out, and fought with Joab: and there fell some of the people of the servants of David; and Uriah the Hittite died also.
2 Samuel 11:26–27
And when the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband was dead, she mourned for her husband.
27 And when the mourning was past, David sent and fetched her to his house, and she became his wife, and bare him a son. But the thing that David had done displeased the Lord.
Nathan the prophet told David that the sword would never depart from his house for he had taken the wife of Uriah. The judgment was to come to David's house, David repented from his sin but the child became ill and die within a week.
2 Samuel 12:10
Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife.
While the baby was still alive David fasted and wept and was hoping for God to have grace upon him. During mourning of his death child David said: "Can I bring him back?" He could not, but he was hoping for a miracle. The death of their baby became the divine judgment over their dark sin.
2 Samuel 12:22–23
And he said, While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept: for I said, Who can tell whether God will be gracious to me, that the child may live?
23 But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.
The Lord blessed the couple with another child and his name was Solomon meaning "Beloved of the Lord". God had put their sins behind, Bathsheba became a virtuous woman and became the mother of the wisest king of Israel.
2 Samuel 12:24–25
And David comforted Bathsheba his wife, and went in unto her, and lay with her: and she bare a son, and he called his name Solomon: and the Lord loved him.
25 And he sent by the hand of Nathan the prophet; and he called his name Jedidiah, because of the Lord.
Conclusion:A lesson to learn from Bathsheba is that her sin was left behind, her past did not determine her present or her future. Her past did not rob her from the blessings ahead. She gave her son a godly upbringing. "Let's forget those things which are behind reaching forth unto those things which are before" Philippians 3:13
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