Sharon Wilharm Bible Storyteller

Bathsheba’s Baby

God sent the prophet Nathan to confront David of his sin. He warned him of the consequences that would come from this sin for years to come, and that the son who would be born to Bathsheba would die. 

Finally, David woke up to what he had done. He acknowledged his sin against God. 

We’re not told how Bathsheba responded to all of this. All we know is that when their baby boy became ill, David pleaded to God, fasting and praying at all hours of the night. Then, when the child died, he went to the temple and worshipped, for he knew that it was God’s doing. 

In 2 Samuel 12:24 we’re told, “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.”

What an incredibly beautiful message of grace and hope. 

David comforted Bathsheba. 

Perhaps when his eyes were finally opened, he realized all he had put Bathsheba through. She suffered terribly because of David’s sins. So he comforted her in the only way he knew how, by being a husband to her and providing her with another son. 

And, oh how precious to see that God loved that son. It was through that son that Bathsheba secured a spot in the treasured lineage of Jesus. 

We serve a God of second chances. Whatever we’ve done in the past, however vile it might be, God always offers us the opportunity to come clean and start afresh. Whoever we are, whatever we’ve done, we can be used for God’s glorious future.

Read about Bathsheba’s baby in Scripture: 2 Samuel 12:1-25

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