When the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband was dead, she mourned for her husband. And when her mourning was over, David sent and brought her to his house, and she became his wife and bore him a son. But the thing that David had done displeased the Lord.
Of significance, the fourth woman listed in the bloodline of Jesus is not mentioned by name, but as 'her who had been the wife of Uriah' (Matthew 1:6). Could it be that Bathsheba's chief virtue was the character of her murdered husband?
The back story: David's army was fighting a war without him. Uriah, one of David's top 'mighty men,' was among them. But at home, David fell in love with Uriah's beautiful wife and she became pregnant.
David schemed to bring Uriah home on leave--hoping the soldier would sleep with his wife and believe the baby was his. Instead, Uriah chose to sleep outside, saying, 'The ark and Israel and Judah are dwelling in tents, and my lord Joab and the servants of my lord are encamped in the open fields. Shall I then go to my house to eat and drink, and to lie with my wife? As you live, and as your soul lives, I will not do this thing' (2 Samuel 11:11).
Uriah was too honorable and too humble to celebrate while others suffered in battle. His honor rose as did David's dishonor. Although forgiven, David suffered greatly in his life because of this sin. God says, 'Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted' (Matthew 23:12).
Therein Uriah is named in the bloodline of Jesus, showing that royalty comes by merit as well as by birth, and also showing that 'the effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much' (James 5:16). God honored this fallen soldier.
What was wrong with Bathsheba? Not necessarily anything. Adultery was not her choice. She obeyed her king.
What was right with Bathsheba? She mourned her fallen husband. She loved her king. She protected her son, Solomon.
We learn from queen mother #4 that God's ways are higher than our ways. His mercy to forgive a repentant David, to lift Bathsheba, and to honor Uriah is beyond human reason. Therefore, we must stop speculating on the exploits and affairs of others, as well as what they do and do not deserve.
Instead, we must do what Bathsheba did in the midst of circumstances she could not control: love God, love her king, and trust that God works everything out to good, including the honor of fallen soldiers.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Royal Women: The Genealogy Of Jesus series.