Bloodline: A Hurt Woman Pt. 1 | Day Seven
By: Kate Downing
“…her who had been the wife of Uriah” (Matthew 1:6b)
There is something kind of haunting about that description. Instead, of being called by name, Bathsheba is recorded as the one who had been married to a man named Uriah. yet had a son with a man named David.
Most scholars believe she is listed this way as a reminder of David’s greatest failure. But, it also seems to declare Bathsheba’s greatest hurt and God’s ability to bring something wonderful out of something painful.
Today, we will look at the story of Bathsheba, a hurt woman, who knew more pain than many of us will ever experience. And yet, I bet she will become to you one of the most relatable of the five women. I believe God included her in the bloodline of His Son to declare to each of us that God is not blind to our pain and He is able to bring healing.
As usual, let’s begin with prayer.
Ask God to prepare your heart for what it is He has to speak to you about today.
Thank Him that He is able to heal even the deepest of hurts.
Ask Him to reveal to you any hurts that you are struggling to believe He can heal.
Let’s get to know Bathsheba. Read 2 Samuel 11:1-5.
Summarize into your own words what you just read.
Let me be as clear and as careful as possible here. We are not told how Bathsheba felt about what just happened to her. We are not told if she went along with King David’s plan and consensually slept with Him, or if she was completely taken advantage of. It is evident that the most powerful man in the kingdom “had her brought to him” meaning she was not looking to sleep with him, and we can assume that saying “no” to the king would be hard at best. Though we don’t know what was going through Bathsheba’s mind, we do know that what David did was motivated by lust and was absolutely sinful.
Whether Bathsheba was complicit in this sin or was a victim of David’s abuse, we can be assured she experienced deep pain. This pain was certainly worsened by the realization that she had become pregnant by King David.
In the next few verses of this story, we are told David tries in vain to cover up his sin by calling Bathsheba’s husband home from the battlefront and convincing him to sleep with his wife. David hoped this would cover up his sin, yet because Uriah was a man of great honor, he did not sleep with his wife. He was unwilling to enjoy Bathsheba’s company when his fellow soldiers were unable to do the same with their wives. What this tells us is the Uriah was a faithful man and most likely a very faithful husband. When David’s plan failed, he chose to have Uriah killed on the battlefield in order to cover up his sin.
Read 2 Samuel 11:26-27.
List some of the emotions Bathsheba must have felt after finding out her husband had been killed in battle?
Not only was her husband killed, but he was killed by the order of the man who had taken advantage of her and was about to take her as his wife. But, this is not the end of the hurt Bathsheba endured.
In the middle of this tragic story of deep hurt, it is important that we understand God’s complete disapproval of David’s sinful actions. In 2 Samuel 12:1-15, God sent the prophet Nathan to call David out on his sin and to call him to repentance. David listened to Nathan’s rebuke, opened his eyes to his sin, and repented of it. To see David’s response to his sin, read Psalm 51.
However, David still had to suffer the consequence of his actions. God would take David’s newborn son. There is so much heaviness in this story; because, though David deserved the punishment he received, Bathsheba also had to endure the consequence. She had to experience the loss of her child.
Can you relate to Bathsheba? Have you been taken advantage of in some way? Have you had someone selfishly take something or someone from you?
Have you had to endure the consequences of other’s sins?
Friend, take heart because God understands the hurt you’ve experienced and He will not ignore it. He is a God who binds up the broken-hearted, who restores what has been taken from His beloved, and who promises to be close to those who are hurting.
Read 2 Samuel 12:24-25.
God knew the hurt Bathsheba had experienced and he worked to bring healing in her life. He gave her a son whom He loved deeply. This son would go on to become king of Israel and part of the lineage of Jesus. We’ll read more about that tomorrow. But, for today, take hope in a God who understands our pain and who promises to bring healing.
What hurts in your life are you struggling to believe God can heal?
God sent His Son so that your deepest hurts might be healed.
He offers you hope, healing, and peace even in your deepest of hurts.
Read Isaiah 53:4-5 and spend the next few minutes asking God to help you trust Him to heal your hurts.