B is for Bath

I intended to continue on a trend of types of Christ. Everything within me said, “Write about Boaz, the kinsman redeemer.” Until it actually came time to write.

B is for Bath Time

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Then I couldn’t seem to stop thinking about Bathsheba. The woman who got spotted by King David while she was bathing on her roof.

Ironic that the woman named Bathsheba makes her entrance to the Bible while bathing?

Except while Bathsheba might contain the word bath, it doesn’t have anything to do with the word bath. Bathsheba actually means daughter of the oath.

Bathsheba was performing the ritual bathing purification after her menstrual cycle ended when King David noticed her. He inquired as to who she was, and was told that she was the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah.

Both men were respected warriors in King David’s army.

King David lusted after what he saw, however, and sent his men to get her. Once she came to the palace, he slept with her.

Nowhere in this part of the story do we get Bathsheba’s side of the story. All we know is that she went to the King’s palace.

From a Bath to a Baby

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During this encounter, Bathsheba conceives.

David, a man after God’s heart, has had an affair that resulted in impregnating another man’s wife.

So, David and Bathsheba admit to their affair, repent, and deal with the consequences of the sin, right?

No. Of course not.

David calls Bathsheba’s husband home from the war, hoping he will sleep with his wife and believe the child is his. However, Uriah is true to his calling and refuses to find comfort in home while the troops are still in the field. So, instead of going home to his wife, he sleeps at the palace entrance with the king’s palace guard.

The next day David tries to trick Uriah into going home by getting him drunk first. Again, Uriah sleeps with the king’s palace guard.

David can’t let Bathsheba bear his child with Uriah in the picture. Since he can’t trick Uriah into sleeping with his own wife, he comes up with a plan to lose Uriah’s life in battle.

And after the next battle, Bathsheba finds herself mourning the loss of her husband, Uriah.

When the period of mourning is over, however, Bathsheba finds herself whisked to the palace as one of David’s wives. She gave birth to a son, but he didn’t survive.

She became pregnant again by David and gave birth to Solomon. God was very happy with the birth of this child.

Out of the Bubbles

 

At the end of David’s life, it appeared that an older son, Adonijah, was going to secede him on the throne.

Bathsheba actually appears assertive and confident at this point in time. She goes straight to David and presents him with her case.

She replied, “My lord, you made a vow before the LORD your God when you said to me, ‘Your son Solomon will surely be the next king and will sit on my throne.’ But instead, Adonijah has made himself king, and my lord the king does not even know about it. … If you do not act, my son Solomon and I will be treated as criminals as soon as my lord the king has died. 1 Kings 1:17-18, 21

King David granted her request and Solomon was made king that very day.

Bathsheba’s story seems to be one soaked in sin. The fall of the man after God’s own heart. However, from the brief encounters with her in scripture, we see a woman that is strong and faithful. We don’t see her heart, other than when scripture says she mourns the death of her first husband, at all in her appearance here.

How many of us have found ourselves trapped in situations like Bathsheba? We had our lives planned out one way, but someone else’s sin (David), someone else’s honor (Uriah), or someone else’s ambition (Adonijah) places insurmountable challenges in our paths that we must deal with.

Baths Can Be Deadly

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Life happens. Sometimes it’s by no fault, at least no obviously visible fault, of our own.

We do have a choice on how we deal with it.

Bathsheba could have chosen not to tell David of her pregnancy. She could have chosen to tell her family and community that King David had raped her. Bathsheba could have simply ran away.

She didn’t do any of those things. She stood firm and fought for what she thought was right.

Bathsheba, based on what we know, didn’t kill her husband. Did she know that David had him killed? I don’t know.

However, David’s sin cost her not only the life of her husband, but also the life of her firstborn.

Our sin has consequences. Sometimes those consequences affect others more than they affect us.

9 comments

  • Carrie,
    Wow! You made such excellent points! I don’t think I’ve ever thought that deeply about the story. I think I know what you mean. I used to think about the following situation a lot. It sounds kind of convoluted bear with me. A guy I used to date had previously lived with his girlfriend. At one point, she cheated on him and like Bathsheba, found herself pregnant. The man she had the affair with left her holding the bag and my boyfriend stepped into the picture. He treated the child as his own. But then his live-in partner decided she didn’t want him as a boyfriend and cut him out of the picture. He suffered because they had lived together as a family. The child suffered because he was the only father the little girl knew. And I suffered because he was a mess when I walked into the picture. In this situation, I don’t really know how much his ex-girlfriend suffered. She was unfaithful and yet, at least for a time, held the cards to everyone’s happiness. Goodness, it was too complicated for me!

  • I hadn’t read that story in so much detail before, Carrie! Very interesting. I love the natural flow of your post as you took me through Bathsheba to Bath to baby. Thanks – I am looking forward to reading more during the A to Z Challenge!

    Here via the Facebook group for Ultimate Blog Challenge. Have a wonderful day!

  • I did not know this story. Mythology has many stories but they hold a deep meaning even in this day and we can take some inspiration and learn lessons from them.. You have a wonderful writing style. Good luck with the AtoZ!

  • never heard of this story earlier. all the best for AtoZ

  • I had never heard of this story. This was an interesting read 🙂 Found your blog through FB’s Ultra Blog Challenge group 🙂 Will be back tomorrow for more 🙂

    Betrayed

  • It always feels good to hear a story you haven’t heard before. I didn’t know this one. Thanks for the great post!

  • I’ve always thought that Bathsheba was a righteous woman who made the best of a situation in which she had no control. Her husband was so righteous he wouldn’t even come and lie with his wife when his fellow soldiers were still on the field. How could she not mourn him – a good man who loved her, when the man who replaced him took her as one wife of many (even if he was king). It’s sad.

    The points you made were really great.

  • I’ve always felt she was kind of trapped in this awful situation. David shouldn’t have been there in the first place. He should have been with his army. Even in this awful situation Gods grace prevailed, but only because David was repentant. You can read his beautiful prayer in Psalms.

  • Whenever I learned this story, it was always so negative against Bathsheba. But even as a teen I knew that wasn’t the point. I knew that wasn’t what I was supposed to take away. You shared this story so well without judgement and made me understand the story in a new way. A way that makes so much sense.