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Tuesday, December 13

Day 16: Bathsheba

Open item: Sad face stickers

Ask the children what is on the stickers. Why would someone make that face?

24 Then David comforted his wife, Bathsheba, and went in to her and lay with her, and she bore a son, and he called his name Solomon. And the Lord loved him 25 and sent a message by Nathan the prophet. So he called his name Jedidiah, because of the Lord.

Devotion

As you learned in yesterday’s devotion, although David was the greatest King in Israel’s history, he made mistakes. One of those mistakes was his relationship with Bathsheba while she was married to Uriah. David sinned against God and against Bathsheba.The Lord was not pleased. 

As a result of David’s sin, Bathsheba went through a very hard time. 

Her husband, Uriah, died on the front lines of battle.

Her baby died after she gave birth. 

She must have been so very sad. 

But God was merciful. 

Sometime later, Bathsheba married King David, and they had another son named Solomon. The Lord loved him. He even sent the prophet Nathan to name him Jedediah which means, “loved by the Lord.” Bathsheba’s son Solomon became a wise king–the wisest king who ever lived.

The Lord blessed Bathsheba by providing a son for her who would be loved by the Lord and in the direct lineage of Christ. Even though Bathsheba had to go through hard things, the Lord used it all for her good and His glory. 

Prayer

Final Words

Bathsheba, no doubt walked through dark times. Losing her husband and her son after the king took advantage of her surely contributed to depression. The Bible never says that directly, but just imagine how you would feel if these things happened to you. We can know for sure that she was broken and needing healing from a Savior, just like us. Would you expect someone so sad and broken to be a part of Jesus’ family and the Good News to come? I don’t think so. Good thing Jesus is coming!