Day 19

Bathsheba, Uriah’s Wife

from the reading plan

2 Samuel 11:1-17, 2 Samuel 11:26-27, 2 Samuel 12:1-25, 1 Kings 1:11-31

Start each day by reading the passages listed above. Then use the summary and reflection provided here to guide discussion around the daily reading.

Uriah’s wife refers to Bathsheba, a Hittite woman who was the wife of one of King David’s most trusted warriors. After King David committed sexual sin against Bathsheba and she became pregnant, David had her husband Uriah killed in an attempt to cover up his own actions. Bathsheba became one of David’s wives and gave birth to Solomon. She later persuaded David to make Solomon king, even though Solomon was not the oldest son. 

Where do you see God’s presence through Bathsheba’s story? 

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2 thoughts on "Bathsheba, Uriah’s Wife"

  1. Mike G says:

    We can never know the details but must trust that Solomon was closer to David than his other sons. God blessed David and Bethsheba with a child that had David’s heart. Solomon recognized the special relationship David had with our Father. That enabled Solomon to become the king he became. God works in ways we will never understand.

  2. Tim says:

    One would imagine it would be difficult to find God’s presence in Bathsheba’s story. Her king had used his authority against her for his own advantage, gotten her pregnant, and then lost her husband and the child she birthed. It looks like God brought repeated judgments against a victim. Yet it’s also very clear that God never holds Bathsheba responsible or names her as guilty. All the blame is laid on David, and rightfully so as a man of authority. I believe this is partially why Solomon was chosen as David’s successor out of all of David’s other sons, and Bathsheba was given a place in the lineage of the King of Kings, Jesus Christ (Matt. 1:6-7). So, there is definitely graciousness towards Bathsheba by God, at least from what I see.

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