Bloodline: A Hurt Woman Pt. 2 | Day Eight
By: Kate Downing
Do you like conflict? Some people thrive during conflict, but I do not! I avoid it at all costs. Sometimes, I avoid it to a fault. In fact, I hate it so much that I often fail to stand up for what is right simply because I want to avoid any semblance of conflict. As much as I hate to admit it, this is where I fall into sin. When I refuse to obey God and stand up for what is right because I’m afraid or selfishly don’t want to deal with conflict, I am willfully walking in sin.
Bathsheba practiced boldly standing up for what is right and I am amazed by her! She was a woman who, as we discussed yesterday, endured incredible pain and hurt. Yet, when it came to obeying God, she stood for what was right. She was a hurt woman who did not allow her pain to silence her, and that is one of the reasons I believe God included her in the bloodline of Jesus.
Take the next few minutes to pray for these things:
- Thank God for His Word and the privilege to read it.
- Praise God for three things.
- Ask God to speak to you today through Bathsheba’s story.
What we are about to read is set many years after David and Bathsheba were married. Their son Solomon is now grown and David is on his deathbed.
Read 1 Kings 1:5-6.
Adonijah is a tough name! He was a son of King David, and since his father was on his deathbed, Adonijah decided to take advantage of the situation and declare himself king.
What does verse six say David failed to do?
David never corrected him! David never called him out on his sin and failed to point him to follow after God. David had promised the throne to Solomon, the son he had with Bathsheba. But, he failed to follow through on that promise as Adonijah took over.
Read 1 Kings 1:11-14. What did Nathan ask Bathsheba to do in these verses?
Why would Bathsheba’s and Solomon’s lives be in danger if Adonijah had been allowed to be king?
Bathsheba was being asked to walk into some pretty intense conflict. She was being asked to persuade a lazy and dying king to stand up to his powerful son and declare that Solomon instead would be king. Bathsheba, the woman who had endured so much hurt, now must boldly stand up for what is right.
How would you have responded to Nathan’s request?
Read 1 Kings 1:15-21.
List some of the emotions that must have been rushing through Bathsheba’s mind as she walked in to speak with King David.
Did she allow her past hurt to silence her?
When have you been asked to boldly speak up or stand up for what is right?
What fears did you face? How were you able to overcome them?
Fear is one of the most powerful tools our enemy, Satan, uses. If he can convince us to fear conflict, people’s opinions of us, or that the hurt we’ve experienced in the past determines our future, he can render us useless to the Kingdom of God. But, just like Bathsheba boldly stood for what was right, obeying God’s command through the prophet Nathan, we too can overcome fear and boldly obey God.
Read 1 Kings 1:28-31.
How did David respond to Bathsheba’s boldness?
Her final recorded words “May my lord King David live forever!” (1 Kings 1:31) declare her desire that David’s throne would always have his descendant reigning on it. Jesus Christ who would come through her son, Solomon, would ultimately fulfill this.
What is God calling you to boldly stand for today?
What fears or hurts are keeping you from standing?
Write out a prayer confessing these things to the Lord and asking Him to help you obediently walk in his strength and boldness today.