An Adulterous Affair

Read: 2 Samuel 11:1-13

David sent messengers and took her, and she came to him. (v. 4)

The account of David and Bathsheba is one of the most famous stories in Scripture. It’s focused on David and his actions—as well it should be, since David is a central figure in Scripture, and a forefather of Jesus. But as we look at these events, we will consider Bathsheba’s role as well, and where we see grace and restoration extended to her from God.

David was attracted by Bathsheba’s beauty, and he summoned her to his home. David acted on his desires, and the two had intercourse. Was Bathsheba a willing participant? We don’t really know. David certainly had a lot of power over her, however there’s nothing to indicate that she resisted, and the writer of 2 Samuel is usually clear when that is the case (see chapter 13). Later, her simple message to David, “I am pregnant” (v. 5), showed her willingness to let him handle the situation; she believed David would protect her. The stakes were high; under the Mosaic law, both David and Bathsheba could be sentenced to death for the crime of adultery (Lev. 20:10).

David’s first attempt to cover up his sin failed when Bathsheba’s husband, Uriah, refused to go home and sleep with his wife. Did Bathsheba understand the danger her husband now faced because of her adultery? The ripple effect of that one sin would continue to spread until other innocent lives were also touched.

As you pray, seek repentance for any personal sin that might affect others in your life.

About the Author

Laura Sweet

Laura N. Sweet is a wife, mother, grandmother, and former Christian schoolteacher from Midland, Michigan. She writes devotional material for both adults and children, and her work has appeared in more than a dozen publications.

This entry is part 11 of 16 in the series The Wives of David