B is for Bathsheba
Good For Evil
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Only God could bring something so good out of something so evil
Bathsheba was a beautiful woman, the wife of Uriah the Hittite, one of David’s most loyal soldiers away on duty. One evening when King David saw her taking a bath, he did a stupid thing. Instead of looking away, he stared, lusted, and sent for Bathsheba to be brought to his palace.
NAME: “Daughter of the Promise”
DATE: 10th Century BC
IDENTIFICATION: Wife of Uriah the Hittite and then David the King
STORY LINE: David sinned with Bathsheba, had her husband killed
READ IT IN THE BIBLE: 2 Samuel 11:1-12:2
There he slept with her and she became pregnant. When Bathsheba told the king about the child, David did a deceitful thing. He had Uriah brought home so it would appear the child was his, but Uriah refused the pleasure of being home while his comrades were engaged in battle. Frustrated, David did an evil thing. He had Uriah sent to the frontlines specifically so he would be killed.
Eventually David confessed and repented of his sin. Bathsheba may not have been entirely innocent in this story either. But they paid terrible price for their sin. They married but their child became sick and died.
Adultery can never be condoned, but leave it to God to bring something so good out of something so evil.
David and Bathsheba later had seven sons, including Nathan and Solomon, who appear in the lasting of the ancestry of Jesus Christ as does Bathsheba herself, “who had been the wife of Uriah” (Matthew 1:6)
Sin is always defeating, debilitating, and deadly. But in His amazing grace, God often salvages something form our sin to bless us. Don’t sin to be blessed, but don’t despair when you do sin. Instead, cast yourself on God’s mercy, as David and Bathsheba did, and allow Him to bring good from your evil.
— by Dr. Woodrow Kroll
Confident Living Magazine (Back to the Bible International)