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Nicole Unice
 

Bathsheba: How to Wait with Joy

December 19, 2022   ●   18 min

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TODAY’S PASSAGE: 1 Kings 1:28-31:

28 Then King David said, “Call in Bathsheba.” So, she came into the king’s presence and stood before him.

29 The king then took an oath: “As surely as the Lord lives, who has delivered me out of every trouble, 30 I will surely carry out this very day what I swore to you by the Lord, the God of Israel: Solomon your son shall be king after me, and he will sit on my throne in my place.”

31 Then Bathsheba bowed down with her face to the ground, prostrating herself before the king, and said, “May my lord King David live forever!”

WHAT DOES IT SAY?

- Bathsheba is a key person in David’s kingdom

- Lineage passing

WHAT’S THE BACKSTORY?

- Run down your study notes in 2 Samuel 12
- Trouble in the kingdom, sons ready to kill for the throne
- Backstory of the pain and renewal of David and Bathsheba - a whole new life

WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

- So why is Bathsheba mentioned in Matthew 1? (And she’s named Uriah’s wife)
- Advent: as we wait, we can trust in the renewal of all things that is promised through Christ and in Christ’s ultimate return:

Titus 3: 4-6: 

4 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR ME?

God’s plan is uncomfortable- if we didn’t know it before with Tamar and Rahab, Ruth are we getting it by now?

Do not count yourself out -- you are not your own judge.

The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. - 1 Samuel 16:7

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