Legacy by Christy Fay

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Series: Reclaimed - Uncovering Your Worth
Week 5: Epithet: Uriah’s Wife - Day 5
Christy Fay
2 Samuel 16

Her children arise and call her blessed... (Proverbs 31: 28 NIV).

For the last four days, we have turned our attention towards David. As I mentioned at the beginning of the week, it really is impossible to study Bathsheba without examining David. The fabric of their stories is tightly interwoven, but today, we will shift our focus to the mysterious and beautiful woman that stole David’s heart. We are going to pick up with our story when David is ‘‘very old,’’ as the text puts it, and getting ready to appoint one of his sons to the throne.

Read 1 Kings 1, taking special note of anytime you see Bathsheba’s name appear. Circle it, if you are willing to write in your Bible.

We are told Nathan goes to Bathsheba in verse 11. What does he ask her to do?

What does this say about the relationship between Bathsheba and David?

Nathan, the prophet who obviously held the king’s deep respect and loyalty, is the one God had sent to confront David with his sins earlier in the story. This same man, trusted by God, approaches Bathsheba with some rather troubling news in 1 Kings. Nathan believes that Bathsheba should be the one to present her son with this news. What exactly is this troubling news? Adonijah, the son of King David, has hijacked the throne. Hearing that your own brother is trying to overthrow you is not exactly the kind of thing you want to be told as a king. It is somewhat interesting that of all the people Nathan could have chosen to relay this message to Solomon, he picked Bathsheba. It is certainly telling of the nature of their relationship. Despite the scandal and turmoil surrounding Bathsheba’s entry into the royal family, we see that she has remained committed to preserving and protecting both her husband’s and her son’s well-being. We get even greater insight into her character as we continue to read. Pick up with the story in 1 Kings 2:10-25.

That pesky Adonijah is relentless in his pursuit of the throne. His request to marry Abishag may seem harmless at first glance, but his motives are undoubtedly not. Abishag is one of his father’s concubines. Although she is no longer bound to him, as the covenant of marriage has been broken because of David’s death, to marry her would be a direct attempt to undermine the rule of Solomon. It’s a trick he most likely learned from his even more menacing and unruly brother, Absalom. Glance at 2 Samuel 16:20-23 to read about the unfortunate event involving Absalom and David’s concubines. Yikes.

On a side note, while modeling our lives after David’s character proves prudent in some aspects, I think this story proves that patterning our parenting style after his may not be the best choice. We see that he took little dis ...

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