The Second Book of Samuel
David and Bathsheba Bible Study Lesson
King David and Bathsheba in the Bible Story
Good day to you, from Daily Bread. The last time we met to study
together, we watched David defeat the Syrians. Today, is a different
story. A story that changed the course of David's life in certain
When the year ended and it was time for the kings to go to war, David
sent Joab and his army and they destroyed the Ammonites and attacked
Rabbah. But David stayed in Jerusalem.
Daily Bread Crumb time! It sounds like there was a time of year set
aside for battle. Now why would that be? One might suppose a few
different reasons. Weather is one thing that comes to mind. Remember
back in the days of the judges when Deborah ruled in Israel?
The rain was a big problem for Sisera, who counted on his many
chariots as a source of his army's strength but mud is a devastating
circumstance when you rely on chariots as your strength. Cold might
be another drawback when going to battle, as obviously any soldier
could be more effective in a comfortable climate.
David and Bathsheba Bible Study Explanation
King David and Bathsheba in the Bible Event
The heat of summer in any of the desert wilderness areas would also
pose a problem for troops traveling from one location to another, as
well as keeping food from spoiling in the heat or keeping thousands
of soldiers hydrated would.
At either rate ...
One evening, while the army of Israel was out to battle, David got up
and walked out on the roof of his house. From the roof he saw a
beautiful woman bathing in her home. David sent someone to find out
who she was. "She is Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah, the Hittite," he
was told. David sent for her and and when she came to David, he laid
with her, and she returned home. When she found out she was pregnant,
she sent and told David.
David, just like many people, yielded to the temptation of sin.
Instead of fighting the temptation, he entertained the thought and
acted on it.
David and Bathsheba Bible Study Truth
King David and Bathsheba in the Bible Concern
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Stay with me now ... This story is far from over ...
David called for Joab and told him, "Send me Uriah, the Hittite. So
Joab summoned Uriah and brought him to see David. David asked Uriah
how things were going with the army and how the war was progressing.
He then sent Uriah home to relax. When Uriah left with a gift of food
from David, he didn't go home. He stayed and slept at the palace
doors with other servants. When David found out, he asked Uriah, "Why
didn't you go home after being away for so long?
Uriah replied, "The ark, and armies of Israel and Judah are sleeping
in tents. My commander Joab and your servants are sleeping in open
fields outside. How can I go into my house, eat, drink, and sleep
with my wife when they can't do the same thing? I swear, I won't do
such a thing.
David and Bathsheba Bible Study Discussion
King David and Bathsheba in the Bible Warning
So David said to Uriah, "Stay here today as well and tomorrow I will
let you return." So Uriah stayed in Jerusalem that day and the next.
David had Uriah over for a meal and tried to get him drunk, but
Uriah still wouldn't go inside his house ... But slept with the
David knew he had sinned. But instead of running to God and
repenting, he tried to fix the situation himself ... Making things
far worse. His goal was to have Uriah sleep with Bathsheba and then
he could be off the hook. When that didn't work, David took more
extreme actions ...
The following morning, David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it with
Uriah. The letter told Joab to place Uriah in the front line of the
hottest battle so he would die. So Joab assigned Uriah to the place
where he knew the strongest of the enemy's men were fighting against
them. As the battle continued, some of David's men were killed,
David and Bathsheba Bible Study Message
King David and Bathsheba in the Bible Danger Ahead
Then Joab sent a report to David about the war. He told the
messenger, "After you report to David about the war, if he asks 'Why
did you get so close to that city, didn't you know that they'd shoot
from the wall? Wasn't Abimelech, killed by a woman throwing a stone
on him from the wall in Thebez? (Remember that story from Judges
9:50-54?) Why did you go so close to the wall?' Then tell him,
'Your servant, Uriah, has died also.'"
So the messenger went and told David everything Joab told him to say.
He told David, "The enemy came out against us in the fields and at
the gates. And the shooters shot our men from the wall and killed
some of our men, including Uriah."
Then David told the messenger to tell Joab, "Don't be discouraged
over this. The sword can kill anyone. Just fight harder against the
city and overtake them!"
David and Bathsheba Bible Study Conclusion
King David and Bathsheba in the Bible Summary
When Bathsheba heard that her husband had died, she mourned. When
she finished mourning, David sent for her to come to his house and
she became his wife and bore a son. But with what David had done,
the Lord was displeased.
This story is just starting and ends with Jesus. Wondering what's
gonna happen next? Wondering how the Lord will respond and what Jesus
has to do with this apparent union of sin? Come back soon and we'll
discover those answers together, right here at Daily Bread!
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