“And the woman became pregnant and sent and told David, I am with child.” 2 Samuel 11:5
In the story of David and Bathsheba we generally focus on David, the king, but what about Bathsheba, our woman of the Bible for today.
We don’t know much about her other than she is the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite. In the story we find she is home alone, her husband is fighting with Israel’s army. On the evening that King David calls for her she is bathing on the balcony. Now pardon me for thinking this, but she had to know that her balcony could be seen from the roof of the palace. The scripture says that it was springtime when kings go forth to war, so she may not have known that David was there. Then again, I would think the people would know if the king was in town or not. So did Bathsheba do that on purpose? Since her husband was a soldier and from the scriptures it sounded like a pretty devoted one, maybe she was very lonely. Also, I’m sure a lot of the women in the area were captivated by David, not only was he the king, but the Bible tells us he was handsome as well.
Once David calls her to him there’s no indication that she puts up much of a fuss, though no one usually argues with the king anyway. An interesting side note, people didn’t bathe a lot back then, women particularly usually bathed only after completing their menstrual cycle each month, as they were considered unclean during that time. The end of the cycle was the least likely time for her to become pregnant, yet she did. Then she goes through losing her husband, then losing the child she and David conceived, but she is made queen.
Little more is said about her until her son Solomon is to be made king, then she is a key factor in making sure that happens. Most interesting of all is the fact that she is one of only five women named in the lineage of Jesus.
So what can we learn from Bathsheba? It seems, whatever situation she found herself in she is content with. Whether the wife of a neglectful husband, an adulteress, a childless mother, the queen, or the mother of the wisest man ever to live. Let us model Bathsheba’s humility and faith.