Bathsheba is listed in the lineage of Jesus, not by name, but as “her who had been the wife of Uriah.” We don’t know why. Maybe Matthew was making a statement about King David. I don’t know. What I do know is that women were treated like property back then. The biblical account of Bathsheba’s story doesn’t give us any insight as to her feelings during these events.
The absence of her point of view leads us to believe she was compliant, but we have to remember, that she had no choice. King David sent messengers who “took her.” (2 Samuel 11:4 NKJV). We call that rape.
The next thing we learn is that she is pregnant by David. He tries to cover his tracks which doesn’t work so he has Bathsheba’s husband killed. Do you think she knew what David did? I imagine she at least suspected it. Then, the King took her as one of his many wives, she gave birth and the child died.
It’s one of the most heartbreaking stories if we put ourselves in her shoes. We really don’t know anything about Bathsheba, but God blessed her with a son, Soloman, who was highly favored in the eyes of the Lord.
Then David comforted Bathsheba his wife, and went in to her and lay with her. So she bore a son, and he called his name Solomon. Now the Lord loved him, and He sent word by the hand of Nathan the prophet: So he called his name Jedidiah, because of the Lord.
2 Samuel 12:24-25 NKJV
I don’t know what we’re supposed to learn from Bathsheba, but I see once again, God blessing a woman. She was a woman who knew great sorrow, married to a man who caused her sorrow. God saw her pain and suffering. He heard her cries.
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