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.

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