Bible Study 22nd October 2014

Leader : Edwin Ashforth
Bathsheba
…. continuation …. she gave birth to a son but he only lived seven days. 2 Sam. 12 v24 “David comforted his wife … she gave birth to a son, and they named him Solomon, the Lord loved him” It is interesting that no where do we read that the Lord implicated Bathsheba with any of David’s evil deeds. David was human and he made mistakes – no human can be perfect.
The next time we read about Bathsheba is 1 Kings 1 “David was very old” v5 Adonijah one of David’s many sons put himself forward and said “I will be king”
he had a huge feast and invited all his brothers but not Solomon or Nathan the prophet. Nathan told Bathsheba that David knew nothing about this so he advised her to tell the King and say that he had promised her that Solomon would be King. She did this and Nathan followed her with the same story. David then said that he would honour his word and Solomon would be king and he had him anointed. v43 Adonijah is told the news.
Ch 2 v 10 David died and Solomon sits on the throne.
Kings 2 v13 Adonijah went to see Bathsheba to ask for Abishag as his wife – when she goes to ask Solomon he has a throne brought to his side for his mother as a sign of the respect he had for her. Solomon did not grant the request and Adonijah was put to death.
Kings always had ways of getting rid of any problems.
There is no mention of Bathsheba after this incident and we are left wondering what happened to her.
it is interesting to note how she had changed from a silent girl to becoming the mother of the king and sitting next to him. She was less powerful than men but still had a great influence.
It is also interesting that even though Michal, Abigail and Bathsheba were David’s wives there is no indication they knew each other – were they kept apart??
Was Bathsheba a seducer or a trapped victim??
We have to look at the women we know today – they are very complex – have women changed over the years??? we think not.
Read the story of Bathsheba with an open mind and form your own opinion, the last four sessions have given much food for thought and discussion – long may this continue.
Thanks to Edwin.

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