“David sent and inquired about the woman. One said, is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite?” 2 Samuel 11:3 Amplified
Our woman of the Bible today is Bathsheba. Most everyone knows that name and some think wrongly of her, that she was wicked for having an affair with David. According to the story recorded in the eleventh chapter of second Samuel, David the king, sent for her to be brought to him. He knew she was married, as told to him in our verse today, but he saw her and he wanted her. Like those in power, he got what he wanted. The scripture doesn’t say she didn’t consent, sin is sin, though, and since it doesn’t say she resisted, we assume she at least complied, after all he was the king.
As we know, she goes back home and finds she is pregnant. Now her husband has been off fighting in the army, so she knows it’s not his. She lets David know that she is with child. He realizes the fruit of his sin and devises a plan to cover it up. Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive. He brings Uriah home, has some drinks with him and tells him to go home to be with his wife, but Uriah doesn’t do that, he’s a soldier all the way and camps outside the palace. So then David sends a note with Uriah to the front lines and tells the commander to put Uriah in the heat of battle so that he can be killed. I’m sure the commander didn’t know why David wants this done, but poor Uriah delivers his own death sentence and it’s carried out. After a reasonable time of mourning David takes Bathsheba as his wife and everything is okay. Of course we know it isn’t, sin is like a horrible disease lying beneath the surface only to slowly reveal itself for all to see.
Many have dissected the preceding story from David’s point of view, tomorrow we’ll look at it from Bathsheba’s.