For a long time, this is where my study of Bathsheba’s life ended. The tale of her temptation of David and the resulting shock of their sin culminated with the birth of Solomon... it was over in my mind. But things were far from over. In fact, the following decades of tragedy in their family point back to the fateful words of Nathan the day that he declared God’s discipline over David. Pain truly never left the family of David and Bathsheba. Their sin rippled back and forth between the generations that came both before and after them.
To summarize the end of 2 Samuel for you, Bathsheba’s grandfather Ahithophel (one of David’s chief men of counsel) betrayed David and joined forces with David’s son Absalom in attempt to seize the kingdom. Plans backfired, and we read in 2 Samuel 17 that Ahithophel ends his own life. This was no doubt a pierce to Bathsheba’s heart. At the same time, David’s son Absalom meets a tragic end as well leaving David broken and wrecked.
Some time later, conspiracy rises again from another of David’s sons to attempt to seize the throne. And this time Bathsheba steps in...
Read 1 Kings 1:11-31.
1. Who was the faithful advisor to David and Bathsheba that communicated Godly truth and wisdom to them?
2. How was Bathsheba required to approach David even in his old age?
3. Why was this such a difficult conversation for Nathan and Bathsheba to have with David? What had David failed to do? (See vs 27 for help)
4. How does David respond to the news? What does he include in his response as a testimony of his humble dependence on the Lord?
5. What do Bathsheba’s words foreshadow in verse 31?
Sometimes the most painful part of our sin comes as we observe the rippling effects in others’ lives. The hard conversations, guilt, and helplessness can be worse than experiencing direct personal discipline - because we chose sin over obedience to God - and that hurts others.
When have you seen the effect of your personal sin on someone you love?
Why do you think that God allows this?
I know, this is a HARD question. I have to sit before the Lord and ask Him quite often for a glimpse of His why. He doesn’t always answer that right away, but one thing is certain... He is good. He has a plan way beyond me, and this requires faith.
Sin ripples. It’s not just a single action held secretly in the heart. It’s the stone that is dropped in to start the effect of unsettled water. May we have a right perspective of it and take our sin seriously, and may we have a right perspective of the Lord... He is perfection without limit reaching to the farthest ripple and beyond. There is no sin too great that His arm of salvation cannot reach!
TRUTH FOR TODAY:
Your eternal word, O Lord, stands firm in heaven. Your faithfulness extends to every generation, as enduring as the earth you created. Your regulations remain true to this day, for everything serves your plans. If your instructions hadn’t sustained me with joy, I would have died in my misery. I will never forget your commandments, for by them you give me life. I am yours; rescue me! For I have worked hard at obeying your commandments. Though the wicked hide along the way to kill me, I will quietly keep my mind on your laws. Even perfection has its limits, but your commands have no limit.”