After reading the story of Bathsheba many times over the years I finally decided to ask the Lord, “Why her? Why was it her? Why was she so important? Was she a mistake?”
There are so many opinions on Bathsheba and the role she played in biblical history. We have imposed those opinions to identify her, but how she became David’s wife didn’t make her who she was. The name Bathsheba does not mean woman who slept with King David and committed adultery or David’s naughty wife as one normally thinks of her. I wanted to seek beyond her name and past the surface of her actions.
I began my search in my concordance, and that is where I stayed. Through looking at the meaning of her name, and reading the scriptures I found Bathsheba to be exactly who the Lord created her to be. She was a daughter of an oath used to help build, make, repair and set up the line of David, the line of Jesus. As a part of being that builder she was anointed, appointed, valiant, and worthy. She had to be strong and had to persevere in order to complete the purpose the Lord set before her.
Bathsheba is a great example of how the Lord takes things that should not have been, and uses them for His glory…if we let Him. The scriptures do not say that the rest of her life was lived under the identity of her mistakes. If David could move forward, why couldn’t she? Bathsheba was very instrumental in allowing the Lord to repair something that was broken.
We need to see the things we help build or are a part of call for repairs from time to time. We must look beyond the surface of a breakage, and seek the Lord for His heart in the matter. His wisdom and guidance is necessary as we do our part to bring to completion the purpose He has set before us.
Bathsheba prospered within her boundaries and shows us that boundaries are not equal to limitations. We can look at Solomon to see an example of this. Who was it that influenced him? It wasn’t just David. Bathsheba was a woman of influence in the life of her son, guiding him through the times of turmoil and uncertainty that occurred in David’s later years. Why did Adonijah ask her to speak to Solomon on his behalf concerning Abishag the Shunammite? He knew she had influence and favor with Solomon.
What stands out to me is that Bathsheba knew her place, and did not fight for control to go outside of that. She made mistakes, but she was not alone in making some of them. She also did not let her mistakes become permanent limitations. Let’s look at Bathsheba in a more positive light, and see her as a woman that we can relate to. We have a life of influence to live with mistakes to be overcome.
And I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you. Philippians 1:6 AMP