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Thursday, May 8, 2014

B is for Bathsheba (Women of the Bible)

Welcome back to Week 2 of Blogging through the Alphabet! I'm focusing my series on the Women of the Bible. If you missed my post for the letter A, I hope you'll check out A is for Anna.

Today I'd like to introduce to you the woman I chose for the letter B.

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B is for Bathsheba.

Scripture References:

2 Samuel 11:1-27; 12:1-24, 28-31; 1 Kings 1:21; 2:13-25; 1 Chronicles 3:5

Meaning of Name:

The Seventh Daughter or The Daughter of an Oath. "Bath" means "Daughter."

Family Connection:

The daughter of Eliam, who was the son of Ahithophel. Eliam was an officer of David's. Bathsheba was the wife of Uriah, considered one of the most loyal of David's mighty men.

Interesting Facts about Bathsheba:

  • Bathsheba was the wife of one of David's main military officers.
  • Unfortunately, she was a victim of David's unbridled lust. (Through my study I learned that there are two different opinions as to whether or not Bathsheba was a victim or a willing participate of David's advances towards her. I will leave that up to your opinion after personal study of the matter.)
  • Bathsheba found grace to forgive David's sin against her.
  • Bathsheba was able to discern David's positive qualities.
  • Bathsheba went on to build a strong and lasting marriage with David, even after such a dreadful beginning in their relationship.
  • Bathsheba was a strong advocate for Solomon, her son.
  • Bathsheba won David's love and Solomon's gratitude through her actions that displayed Godly character.

What We Can Learn from Bathsheba:

  • God's grace can heal those who have been severely wounded by others.
  • We can choose to become better, not bitter, when hurt by others.
  • Like Bathsheba, we can model courage and grace after the loss of a child.
  • Those who have lost a child can hold on to hope for the future.
  • Relationships are redeemable when the offender accepts responsibility and repents of their actions.
  • People are redeemable when they express Godly sorrow over their sin.

Willem Drost, Bathsheba with David's Letter, 1654 (Public Domain, Wikipedia)

There is so much to learn in the story of David and Bathsheba! I hope you'll take the time to do your own study. I'll see you next Thursday as I introduce to you the woman I have chosen for the letter C.

Walking in His Grace, 

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  1. I had never heard about Bathsheba, well I am sure I have but it is not someone I ever remember learning much about. Thank you for doing this series, I look forward to learning more about the women of the Bible.

    1. Hi, Katie! You are so welcome! I'm glad you are looking forward to learning along with me about the women of the Bible. My posts for this series will be every Thursday, so please be sure to check back each week. Feel free to follow me on Google +, Facebook, or Twitter so you can stay in touch. Those social media links are on the sidebar to the right of this page. :)

  2. I almost shared about Ahithophel for my letter A. Our pastor recently did a message about him. If you have time look into it because I was floored. You see he was Bathsheba's grandfather... imagine his anger at all that happened with his grandaughter. Then later he joins up with David's son Absolam and conspires against David. Eventually he ends his own life. Amazing how the scriptures show us how one seemingly small thing can trickle down and change lives!

    Looking forward to next weeks post!

    1. Amazing Lisa! Thanks for sharing that information...I will definitely look more into Ahithophel. Thanks!