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A Controversial Biblical Woman , Bathsheba (Part III)

Last Updated on November 27, 2020 by admin

With her husband dead, Bathsheba paid her respects, but it wasn’t long before she changed locations. According to 2 Samuel 11:26-27, “When the mourning was over, David sent and brought her to his house, and she became his wife, and bore him a son.” This article illustrates what happened to their first son.

Bathsheba is now David’s wife, which makes many view her as taking an active role in the death of her husband so that she could eventually claim this position. The Bible states that David made plans for this outcome , choosing deception and murder to achieve his desires. However, David’s transgressions did not slip through the cracks, as Nathan delivered a message of rebuke masked as a parable, and a prophecy.

However, David’s scheme had not gone un-noticed. Nathan brought a message of rebuke cloaked in a parable, and a prophecy. David learns that his actions have a consequence, which the Lord says to him: “Thus says the Lord: I will raise up trouble against you from within your own house; and I will take your wives before your eyes, and give them to your neighbor, and he shall lie with your wives in the sight of this very sun. For you did it secretly; but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun.” (2 Samuel 12:9-12). Additionally, David lost his son, as the Lord told him that his child was to die. When Bathsheba gave birth to the child, it became very sick. David begged for the life of his child. He fasted and lay on the ground during the night, but the child was taken because of its father’s sin.

David consoled Bathsheba after their child was taken. He went to her and lay with her, where she conceived a son, who was named Solomon. The death of their first son was punishment for their infidelity and murder of Uriah. However, the Lord offered restoration with another son, who was loved by He.

In other passages of the Bible, Bathsheba appears. An important passage shows her reminding the dying King David of his promise to make their son the successor , a move that many view as self-serving. But in the end, she is successful in making sure Solomon becomes king in place of Adonijah, who is the son of another wife of David (1 Kings 1:5-53).

At times, she is seen acting as a go-between for powerful leaders and family members , in the case when she requests a wife for another despite the political ties it represents.