Hello, thank you for joining us this week for our next part of Women in the Bible this week we meet Bathsheba.
Our Women in the Bible series is a journey through the Bible meeting some of the Women of the Bible we will be joining our own women from the Young @ Heart Ladies Groip for this journey
Bathsheba and King David (2 Samuel 11:1-26, 12:15-25)
The struggle for the throne (1 Kings 1:1-37, 2:10-25)
I am Bathsheba. My name means ‘pledge’. I was beautiful once, the young, granddaughter of the King’s counsellor, daughter of a high ranking soldier. I married Uriah, one of the top soldiers in King David’s army. One evening when my husband was away at the battlefront, I was bathing on the curtained flat roof of her house – this was supposed to be a private place for women. I didn’t know King David was above, on the castle walls. He saw me. He sent for me. I went. Yes, we made love. Then I went home. Later, I discovered I was pregnant….
I sent a message to the King. ‘Do something,’ I said. ‘My husband has been away, so he will know the baby is not his.’ David sent for Uriah and told him to go to his wife. Instead, Uriah spent the night in the palace with the other soldiers. So David wrote a letter to his most trusted general at the front. ‘Kill the bearer of this letter, but make it look like he died in battle.’ Uriah took the letter to the general and was killed. Then King David sent for me, and married me. The baby was born. It died. Perhaps it was a punishment. I don’t know. I became pregnant again, and this time the little boy lived. He was called Solomon.
I got older, and the boy grew up. I had other children. I was still beautiful and David loved me. But David was getting older – much older and frailer. It was time for one of his sons to take over, in a co-regency. But which son? Everyone assumed it would be Adonijah, David’s eldest living son. If Adonijah took the throne I was in a danger. So I went to David and told him that Adonijah had already taken the throne. I told him that Solomon remained loyal. I feared for my own life. ‘You are still king,’ I said. ‘Do something.’ Later, when the dust died down, Solomon was on the throne. I was now Queen Mother, the most powerful position a woman could hold in the kingdom.
But Adonijah was still alive, and still a threat. Solomon could not kill his brother outright. How to get rid of Adonijah? I went to Solomon in the throne-room of the palace, and there in front of the courtiers I told him that Adonijah planned to marry Abishag, the last of David’s wives. It sounds reasonable enough, but it wasn’t. A man who married the wives of a previous king could claim the throne himself. I was accusing Adonijah of treason. So the young king Solomon, had to execute his half-brother, like it or not. There was no trial, just a swift dagger to the heart. Solomon was secure on the throne, and my position secure.
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