I’ll Be Hope for Christmas
Wk 3 Bathsheba: Hope from the Powerless
December 13, 2020
2 Samuel 11:1-9, 2 Samuel 11:14-16, 2 Samuel 11:26-27
2 Samuel 11:1-3
Then it happened in the spring, at the time when kings go out to battle, that David sent Joab and his servants with him and all Israel, and they destroyed the sons of Ammon and besieged Rabbah. But David stayed at Jerusalem. Now when evening came David arose from his bed and walked around on the roof of the king’s house, and from the roof he saw a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful in appearance. So David sent and inquired about the woman. And one said, “Is this not Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?”
2 Samuel 11:4-5
David sent messengers and took her, and when she came to him, he lay with her; and when she had purified herself from her uncleanness, she returned to her house. The woman conceived; and she sent and told David, and said, “I am pregnant.”
2 Samuel 11:13-15
Now David called him, and he ate and drank before him, and he made him drunk; and in the evening he went out to lie on his bed with his lord’s servants, but he did not go down to his house. Now in the morning David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it by the hand of Uriah. He had written in the letter, saying, “Place Uriah in the front line of the fiercest battle and withdraw from him, so that he may be struck down and die.”
2 Samuel 11:26-27
Now when the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband was dead, she mourned for her husband. When the time of mourning was over, David sent and brought her to his house and she became his wife; then she bore him a son.
2 Samuel 12:13-14
Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the LORD.” And Nathan said to David, “The LORD also has taken away your sin; you shall not die. However, because by this deed you have given occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is born to you shall surely die.”
2 Samuel 12:24
Then David comforted his wife Bathsheba, and went in to her and lay with her; and she gave birth to a son, and he named him Solomon. Now the LORD loved him
1 Kings 1:17-21
She said to him, “My lord, you swore to your maidservant by the LORD your God, saying, ‘Surely your son Solomon shall be king after me and he shall sit on my throne.’ Now, behold, Adonijah is king; and now, my lord the king, you do not know it. He has sacrificed oxen and fatlings and sheep in abundance, and has invited all the sons of the king and Abiathar the priest and Joab the commander of the army, but he has not invited Solomon your servant. As for you now, my lord the king, the eyes of all Israel are on you, to tell them who shall sit on the throne of my lord the king after him. Otherwise it will come about, as soon as my lord the king sleeps with his fathers, that I and my son Solomon will be considered offenders.”
1 Kings 1:34-35
Let Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anoint him there as king over Israel, and blow the trumpet and say, ‘Long live King Solomon!’ Then you shall come up after him, and he shall come and sit on my throne and be king in my place; for I have appointed him to be ruler over Israel and Judah.”
Salmon was the father of Boaz by Rahab, Boaz was the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse. Jesse was the father of David the king. David was the father of Solomon by Bathsheba who had been the wife of Uriah.
The Powerless Find Hope in the One Who Gave Up His Power for Them
Small Group Questions:
- Why do you think the Bible does not conceal sin?
- Read 2 Samuel 11:1-5, what would be some reasons that David would not be out with his army in a time that it was typical to do so? Can you think of instances in your life where you were in the wrong place at the right/wrong time? Were you able to turn and leave or were you drawn further in? How easy is it for a trial of desire/lust to be turned into sin?
- David has Bathsheba taken from her home. What do you think were some of the things that were going through his mind at this time? Have you ever been in a situation where your desires overcome your spirit and it led to sin?
- Read 2 Samuel 11:13-27, how easy is it, once we have sinned, to continue on the same destructive path? Is it ever too late to repent of our sins/is there ever a time when we’ve gone too far?
- Read 2 Samuel 12:1-14, it wasn’t fair for Bathsheba to lose her child. Does it seem like sin is highly contagious/affecting those around us? Can you think of past sins that have affected others (ok not to share if you’re not comfortable)? When we are not sinning but remain in the spirit, denying our desires, is that also contagious?
- Why do you think God would call a man to be King that he knew would sin greatly like David did?