Bathsheba A Beautiful Woman:
A Bathing Naked Beauty Who was Chosen to Bear a Future King
And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king’s house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon. (2 Samuel 11:2 KJV)
Bathsheba was on her rooftop bathing uncovered to purify herself from her uncleanness in the cool of the evening. It is not clearly known if she understood she could be seen, and that she was being eyed by David from upon a terrace above.
However, Bathsheba was a married woman whose husband was gone at this very moment serving among troops on the battlefield. At the very least this ostentatious display was highly inappropriate and heading into dangerous spiritual territory.
David had stepped out onto his roof top terrace to gaze at the night sky and could clearly see Bathsheba bathing on a rooftop below. David was enticed immediately upon seeing her nakedness, his flesh was instantly awakened, and his mind wandered into dangerous sensual territory unchecked and uninhibited. David only paused for a mere moment before sending a message with his men to get the attention of Bathsheba.
And David sent and inquired after the woman. And one said, Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite? And David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in unto him, and he lay with her; for she was purified from her uncleanness: and she returned unto her house. And the woman conceived, and sent and told David, and said, I am with child. (2 Samuel 11:3-5 KJV)
David sent for Bathsheba to come to him and this was purely an act of the flesh by both David and Bathsheba. It was making a selfish choice straying from the clear laws of God to reward fleshly lusts that had taken over their clouded minds and hearts. It was choosing to live for themselves rather than for God.
One of David’s men had remarked to him that Bathsheba was married and surely David knew this was the case as well. This information did not matter to David in the heat of the moment and Bathsheba was willing to set her marriage to Uriah aside to fulfill her awakened desires in a covert liaison with David. They both were willing partners in this spiritual crime against God, each other, and Uriah.
As always, there are consequences to sin. Not only did David and Bathsheba fulfill their lusts in the heat of the moment creating a road block between them and God, but also between Uriah and Bathsheba. Bathsheba was left with the seed of David inside her pregnant with his child. This was an imminent wage of their sin and would further complicated the life of at least three people.
David at once began to scheme in his mind of how to reckon this situation. He did not go to God with these circumstances or discuss it at length with Bathsheba. He put together, or orchestrated a plan bringing Uriah back from his military service at once so that he could lay with his wife and this impending child could be passed off as his own rather than belonging to David. This plan would absolve David from any fatherly claim or duty and in essence “wipe out” or erase his part in creating this child, spare Bathsheba’s reputation, and provide a father for this coming baby. This plan was clearly a “save David and Bathsheba’s reputation” mode of thinking and reacting.
And David sent to Joab, saying, Send me Uriah the Hittite. And Joab sent Uriah to David. And when Uriah was come unto him, David demanded of him how Joab did, and how the people did, and how the war prospered. And David said to Uriah, Go down to thy house, and wash thy feet. And Uriah departed out of the king’s house, and there followed him a mess of meat from the king. But Uriah slept at the door of the king’s house with all the servants of his lord, and went not down to his house. (2 Samuel 11:6-9 KJV)
However, Uriah did not “play along” in David’s charade. Uriah came back at David’s request to meet with him to discuss the battles at hand and the state of the war. David then instructed Uriah to go to his house and clean up, believing Uriah would enter in his house, greet Bathsheba, and be physically affectionate with her since he had been gone for some time.
However, Uriah had a heart for the remaining men he had left behind on the battle field to answer this urgent call of David. He knew that these men too would rather be at home with their family but were unable themselves to leave the battle field. Uriah, in respect of all the men who were engaged diligently in battle, and to keep his own mind clear from any distraction which could prove to be dangerous in the heat of battle, Uriah declined any possible physical relationship with his wife, looking to get back to the battleground instead. He chose to fall asleep outside the king’s house with the hired help rather than crossing the threshold of his own home to entertain his wife Bathsheba with his unexpected presence.
David took the situation a step further, without taking to God, or likely asking Bathsheba. David enticed Uriah with strong drink successfully getting him drunk and uninhibited, thinking his diminished countenance would send Uriah straight to Bathsheba for a rendezvous this night, but it did nothing to send him to his own bed. Once again for the second night, to David’s dismay, he fell asleep outside the door with the servants.
And it came to pass in the morning, that David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent it by the hand of Uriah. And he wrote in the letter, saying, Set ye Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retire ye from him, that he may be smitten, and die. (2 Samuel 11:14-15 KJV)
Consequences of the sin of David and Bathsheba continued to mount as David desperately called for the death of Uriah to remove his presence from between him and Bathsheba. It is not known that Bathsheba knew or had anything to do with this latest poor decision of David. He had taken their clandestine liaison from an impromptu physical affiliation to assigning certain death to Bathsheba’s husband, choosing to place him at great physical risk on the front line of a heated battle.
One sin and further lies certainly requires more and more to cover one’s tracks against being found out. That is what David set out to do was hide any possibility of Uriah finding out David and Bathsheba had not only lain together but had produced a child; again preservation of their reputation was set in full motion.
It was not long before word came that Uriah did indeed come to sudden death in a heated battle on the frontlines. David seemed outwardly to be concerned of what had happened in this battle but inside was welling with conflicting emotions. His conscious was being pricked because he had Uriah’s blood on his hands but also he had secret joy welling up for Uriah’s death coming in timely fashion so that he could be with Bathsheba now that she was available. This would now make Bathsheba’s pregnant state acceptable in its natural timing and spare her from anybody realizing she had been unfaithful to Uriah with David.
David had worked diligently to move Uriah out of the way permanently and his plan seemed to be a success as Uriah died and Bathsheba was now with him. However, God knew the intimate details of every move both David and Bathsheba had made.
God saw fit to bring about the death of their son, conceived in ungodly circumstances, but preserved the relationship of David and Bathsheba for a future together.
And David comforted Bathsheba his wife, and went in unto her, and lay with her: and she bare a son, and he called his name Solomon: and the LORD loved him. (2 Samuel 12:24 KJV)
David and Bathsheba were given a second opportunity to bring about another son into this world. Not just a son but a future king came into this world through the birth of Solomon who was to grow to be a very wise man as he aged.
God spoke to David before the birth of Solomon promising that he would be the future king of Israel and God’s choice to reign after King David:
Behold, a son shall be born to thee, who shall be a man of rest; and I will give him rest from all his enemies round about: for his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace and quietness unto Israel in his days. He shall build an house for my name; and he shall be my son, and I will be his father; and I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel for ever. (1 Chronicles 22:9-10 KJV)
David and Bathsheba went from enjoying the pleasures of their fleshly sin, to living with immense consequences of their sin, to remaining together and bringing forth a precious baby to one day be the King of Israel.
God can do the impossible with people who are willing and available. God is always at work in ways that seem incredible, sometimes even farfetched or impossible to man, from his limited viewpoint living upon this earth. God always see the whole picture of any situation at hand.
David and Bathsheba had grown older in their long years of marriage. David was still the reigning King of Israel.
Nathan came to speak with Bathsheba with great concern that Adonijah, a son of David, had cleverly begin to covertly take over leadership of the kingdom, unbeknownst to David, who still occupied the office of King but was not the spry “on the ball” king he used to be.
David had long ago promised that Solomon would one day rein as king of Israel, vowing both before God and his wife Bathsheba. As Bathsheba became aware and watched the latest developments, she became rather concerned for herself and her son. If Adonijah was successful in inserting himself into leadership over the people and accepted by them to fulfill this royal role, then that would soon eliminate Solomon’s chances of being seated as King. Especially if David suddenly fell ill and died before handing his kingdom over to their son. Bathsheba knew that it would ruin her good standing and privileges in the kingdom as well.
This kind of stuff happens today, parents and children who are living in situations torn apart by relationships that are strained by second marriages. Children having multiple sets of parents and “step” parents which bring family relationship challenges perhaps outside of God’s intended will. These mixed families can be pleasant situations, but often are often found to be a hot bed for strife and contention to breed and develop.
There are very valuable life lessons we can learn and apply in our own lives by digging into the biblical account of women who lived in biblical times. Some of these ladies were even alive in the time when Jesus Christ was upon on this earth. Many had fascinating time spent with Him! To read more about Bathsheba along with exploring other women of biblical times order our Our latest devotional book called Women of Grace. This book digs into the lives of many other fascinating women of biblical times including Mary mother of Jesus, Rachel. Leah, Rahab. It also explores lives of women who were far removed from the grace of God such as the wicked scheming of Jezebel who had many evil desires at work in this world.
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