Bathsheba

2 Samuel 11:2-3
One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful, and David sent someone to find out about her. The man said, “She is Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite.”

I cannot imagine being Bathsheba’s friend, hearing her confide in me about her troubles. How could she say no to King David when he sent for her? He was the king. Her husband, Uriah, was at war. She had no one to stand up for her or protect her. She submitted to the king, and then she told him later that she had become pregnant. After the king had her husband placed in the most dangerous place so he would surely die in battle, Bathsheba grieved her husband’s death. After her mourning, David sent for her to be his wife.

Her life changed because David had seen her bathing at night. If David hadn’t gotten out of bed that night, would her life have changed? If David went to the kitchen to get a glass of milk instead of to the roof for a midnight stroll, would her life have changed?

Bathsheba’s life changed because she was born beautiful. If she had been ugly, nothing would have happened. But she was a beautiful woman who caught the eye of the king.

Sarah

Genesis 20:2
And there Abraham said of his wife Sarah, “She is my sister.” Then Abimelek king of Gerar sent for Sarah and took her.


What would you feel like if you were a guy dating a beautiful girl introduced to you by a friend, but your friend didn’t tell you she was married? This happened (sort of) in the book of Genesis where Abraham told a king that Sarah was his sister. Genesis 20:3 explains what happened. “But God came to Abimelek in a dream one night and said to him, ‘You are as good as dead because of the woman you have taken; she is a married woman.’”

Abimelek wasn’t used to having God appear to him in dreams, so he took the message very seriously. He called Abraham in for a meeting and asked him why he would do such a thing.

Why would Abraham lie to the king? Did Abraham really lie? No. Sarah really was his sister because his dad was Sarah’s father with another mother.

The reason he told the king Sarah was his sister was because he was afraid they would find her irresistibly attractive and kill Abraham in order to have her. But instead of killing Abraham, the king listened to God in his dream and asked Abraham to pray for healing for his household. Sarah ended up with her husband, and the king's household was healed.

Come back next week for more about beautiful women. And find out about men who made mistakes because they didn't seek God first.