Posted by: Pauline | December 17, 2017

Scriptures for Sunday December 24

2 Samuel 11:1-27

This is one of the better-known stories where one of the heroes of the Bible behaved in a way that was far from heroic. Unbelievers point to it as a reason not to believe in a God who would show favor to a man who acted as David did. Believers, however, see it as evidence of the divine inspiration of Scripture, because it lays bare the ugly sins that men would generally prefer not to include in the history of one of their greatest heroes.

We are told next to nothing about Bathsheba, other than that she was beautiful. We do not know whether she was pleased or appalled at the king’s attraction to her, whether she submitted to him in fear or cooperated in an affair that would lead to her becoming wife to the king and mother to his heir. Her husband Uriah is an honorable man, and probably was a good husband to her. But however she felt about all this, she was caught up in events beyond her power to control, and ultimately played a role shaping the royal line, affecting all generations to follow.

Matthew 1:6b-11

Here Bathsheba is not even mentioned by name, only as the wife of Uriah. But that she is mentioned at all in a genealogy is unusual. Along with Tamar, Rahab, and Ruth, she is acknowledged for the small part she played in the lineage of the Messiah, as God used men and women to accomplish His purpose.

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