A Naked Bathing Beauty Who was Chosen to Bear a Future King
Bathsheba was on her rooftop uncovered and bathing 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 the moment serving among troops on the battlefield and at the very least this ostentatious display was highly inappropriate, as well as heading into dangerous 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 paused for a mere moment before sending a message with his men to the attention of Bathsheba.
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 and straying from the clear laws of God to reward their fleshly lusts that had taken over their clouded minds and hearts. It was choosing for themselves rather than for God.
One of David’s men had remarked to David that Bathsheba was married and surely David knew this was the case as well. This important information did not matter in the heat of the moment and Bathsheba was willing to set her marriage to Uriah aside to fulfill her awakened desires in this 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 and was pregnant with his child. This was a clear wage of their sin and further complicated the life of 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 to bring Uriah back from his military service at once so that he could lay with his wife and the child could be passed off as his rather than from David. Efficiently 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 the baby. This was clearly a “save David and Bathsheba’s reputation” mode of thinking.
However, Uriah did not “play along” in David’s charade. Uriah came back at David’s request meeting with him and they discussed the battles and the state of the war. David then instructed Uriah to go to his house and clean up believing that Uriah would enter in his house and would greet Bathsheba and be rather 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 the urgent call of David. He knew that these men too would rather be at home with their family and were unable to leave the battle field. In respect of all the men who were engaged diligently in battle, and to keep his own mind clear from any distraction which can prove to be dangerous in the heat of battle, Uriah declined any possible physical relationship with his wife at this time and was looking to get back to the battleground instead. He fell asleep outside the king’s house with the hired help rather than crossing the threshold of his own home and entertaining Bathsheba with his unexpected presence.
David took the situation a step further in his own hands, without taking to God, or likely Bathsheba, David enticed Uriah with strong drink, getting him drunk and uninhibited, thinking this would send Uriah to Bathsheba for a rendezvous in the night, but getting Uriah drunk did nothing to send him to his own house and once again for the second night he fell asleep at the door with the servants.
Consequences of the sin of David and Bathsheba continued to mount as David called for the death of Uriah to remove him from in between him and Bathsheba. It is not likely that Bathsheba knew or had anything to do with this latest rash decision of David. He had taken their clandestine liaison from an impromptu physical affiliation to assigning certain death to Bathsheba’s husband by placing him on the front line of a heated battle. One sin and lying certainly requires more and more to cover one’s tracks against being found out and that is what David had set out to do hide any possibility of Uriah finding out David and Bathsheba had not only lain together but had produced a child; again preservation of reputation was in full swing.
It was not long before word came that Uriah did indeed come to sudden death in a heated battle along the frontlines. David seemed 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 suddenly available. This would now make Bathsheba’s pregnant state acceptable in its natural timing and spare her from those about her from realizing she had been unfaithful to Uriah with David.
David had worked to move Uriah out of the way permanently and his ungodly plan seemed to be a success as Uriah died and Bathsheba was now with him but God knew the intimate details of every move David made from the beginning as well as Bathsheba’s part in the whole episode. God brought about the death of this son which had been conceived in such ungodly circumstances but preserved the relationship of David and Bathsheba for their future together.
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:
David and Bathsheba went from enjoying the pleasures of their fleshly sin, to living with immense consequences of their sin, to 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 and God is always at work in ways that seem incredible and sometimes even farfetched or impossible to man from his limited viewpoint upon this earth.
David and Bathsheba had grown elderly and frailer in their long years of marriage and David as reigning King of Israel. Nathan came to speak with Bathsheba with great concern that Adonijah, a son of David, had cleverly begin to 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 before God promising his wife Bathsheba. As Bathsheba watched these latest developments she became rather concerned for herself and her son if Adonijah was successful in inserting himself into leadership over the people and was accepted by them to fulfill this role then that would soon eliminate Solomon’s chances of being seated as King, especially if David suddenly fell ill and died before handling this important situation, it would ruin her good standing and privileges as well.
This kind of stuff happens today, parents and children who are in situations torn apart by relationships that are strained by second marriages, children having different parents, and situations which develop outside of God’s intended will can be a hot bed for strife and contention to develop and rear its ugly head. In the family of Jacob, with the marriages to both Rachel and Leah, and now for David with a son from a previous marriage, undo strain was placed on an important situation which could ultimately affect the lives and security of many people.
Nathan questioned Bathsheba about Israel’s leadership and what David’s intention were and she was greatly concerned for Israel, herself, and that of her son and she approached King David about this at once:
David listened intently to his wife Bathsheba about circumstances surrounding leadership in his kingdom and a short time later Nathan came in to speak to him about Adonijah as well. His concerns and information matched that which Bathsheba had already spoken of to him. David reaffirmed that Solomon was next in line to reign over Israel and promised to publically announce his kingship this very day putting an end to this disharmony and political maneuvering being employed to weaken David’s leadership only serving to strengthen Adonijah who desired to coyly take over his father’s reign in sleek backdoor fashion.
David would put an end to this circumstance today by raising Solomon up into a position of royalty, according to the vow he had made with God and Bathsheba years before, he straightway summoned his men to gather Solomon and place him on a white donkey, King David would anoint with oil, and blessed him officially as King over Israel.
The whole city celebrated their new King Solomon. Bathsheba must have looked on in great admiration for these two very special men in her life whom she loved dearly: her husband King David and the new King their son Solomon!
Our flesh is often at war with our spiritual nature and good people can fall head first into bad circumstances rather quickly. Bathsheba and David both made choices which were in opposition to God, not according to His will for their lives, causing much contention, strife, potentially bringing about the death of their first baby, and certainly the factor in the murder of Uriah in the heat of battle. Choosing to sin is always costly to our lives and reaps consequences throughout our life on this earth.
Man often likes to believe that sin is measured by degrees or increments and that they will never get caught up in one of the “bigger” sins of life like murder, adultery, or hate towards another. The simple truth is anyone can get mixed up in abysmal depths of sin. The only difference between those who sin and those who do not is God’s grace. It is the grace of God that comes between sin and mankind. If the choice to sin was controlled by the power of human nature than mankind would continue to sin with abandon because there is nothing good or reliable which resides within him. However, it is God’s grace that brings about a new spiritual nature, supernatural strength, and of which through Him man can live a successful spiritual life. However, new spiritual life is a position of sanctification; allowing God to have total access and control in in each area of our life is an application or process evolving minute by minute in our life each day as we sojourn upon this earth. Paul spoke about this in Romans chapter six revealing the continual fight of our flesh against God’s Spirit or nature residing within us.
Bathsheba was a beautiful woman who found herself in a bad situation quickly in the cover of darkness of night. She accepted David’s invitation which led to great sin and provoked great and sorrowful cries in her life. However, Psalm fifty one, written by David, goes into great depth about David’s sorrow, contrition, and repentance towards His sin against God, himself, and Bathsheba in the compilation of sin in their illicit affair. David and Bathsheba is a great example of God’s restoration and grace. God heard both their cries and brought about His mercy, grace, and peace to their lives. This did not take away the natural consequences of their sin, and they both paid a great price, however, it brought peace, satisfaction and great blessing into both their lives bringing about a son Solomon who grew into a position of royalty.
There are no “big sins” and “little sins” but rather sin against the holiness of God and great mercy, grace, and truth are always found when robed in His white garments of spiritual royalty unto perfection in the eternal realm to come.