SUNDAY, MAY 20
Scripture: 2 Samuel 11:1-5
In this passage it says, “It happened in the spring of the year, at the time when kings go out to battle, that David sent Joab and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the people of Ammon and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem. Then it happened one evening that David arose from his bed and walked on the roof of the king’s house. And from the roof he saw a woman bathing, and the woman was very beautiful to behold. So David sent and inquired about the woman. And someone said, ‘Is this not Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?’ Then David sent messengers, and took her; and she came to him, and he lay with her, for she was cleansed from her impurity; and she returned to her house. And the woman conceived; so she sent and told David, and said, ‘I am with child.’” Here David was at home when he should have been on the road with his mighty men at war. He got involved with Bathsheba. They had an illicit affair and she becomes pregnant. We know the story of God’s response! We know that God redeemed the whole situation, but how bad do you think it was to walk through these events for Bathsheba? I rather suspect that Bathsheba’s name and reputation was greatly called into question and maligned in all of Judah. It is highly likely she was treated like the culpable party. The real question is, if you and I had been in that situation how would we ask God to redeem it? What could we expect God to do and how could God demonstrate to Bathsheba that she was chosen? That is a perfectly valid question and one we need to answer. Most people really have difficulty accepting the fact that they are chosen by God. It’s hard for them to believe. Bathsheba probably had the same challenge. What could God do to change her plight?