Thursday, November 9th, 2017
Imperfect Heroes (Part 32)
It happened in the spring of the year, at the time when kings go out to battle, that David sent Joab and his servants with him, and all Israel... But David remained at Jerusalem.
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.
2 Samuel 11:1-2 (NKJV)
Bathsheba, the wife of brave Uriah, the woman who was bathing on her roof, the beauty who captured David's fancy, the adulteress who carried his child, the widow of a soldier David killed, the mourner of her first child who would die, the queen mother of Solomon the wise... Is she a seductress or a victim?
To me, that question is not a question. David used his reigning authority to take advantage of an army wife, tried to make her pregnancy look legit, and when his sneaky setup didn't work, he ordered Uriah into harm's way: the equivalent of executing an uncommonly honorable man.
The Bible never condemns Bathsheba. Instead, God chose her from among her peers to be a great grandmother to His Son.
Through Nathan, God did condemn King David. But he repented, endured hard results to be blessed beyond any other man.
While some see Bathsheba's imperfections, God saw her as a lovely heroine.
To Be Continued...
* Article: A Sympathetic Look at Bathsheba http://margmowczko.com/a-sympathetic-look-at-bathsheba/
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Imperfect Heroes series.