Bathsheba is clearly the innocent one in this story. Some may try to blame her as a seductress, but the Bible account only refers to David as the one in the wrong.... any other conclusion is based solely on speculation. Psalm 51 is a profound writing of David, the guilty one, pouring out his heart to God in total and complete repentance. Bathsheba is never seen in repentance but instead mourning in the loss of Uriah. Additionally, Bathsheba receives the unique blessing of having both a husband and son serve as King of Israel. It is thru Bathsheba's offspring that the lineage to Joseph and Mary is established. It is Bathsheba who works with the prophet, Nathan, to ensure Solomon is installed as King and not his half-brother, at the death of David. In fact, the "Repentance Psalm" would never have been written if it were not for Bathsheba giving up her husband in a type of sacrifice as well as her first born son. Bathsheba must have borne the forgiveness of Christ to remain with David as his wife, bear him 4 more sons, stand by his side as he writes the majority of Psalms, and provide some comfort as he suffers, thru his offspring, all the calamities imposed by God, thru Nathan, for the sin committed with Bathsheba. The words penned by David in 51, because of that sin, ring out even to our age with the Spirit of Jesus.
"Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions."---is a plea fulfilled in the mission of Christ. "Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin."--is a promise kept with baptism into Christ. "Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow."--is a continuing cleansing process thru the blood of Christ. "Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me."---is the desire of every disciple of Christ. "Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me."--is the Christian's sure and certain hope, even when we fall. "Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me." ---is the Christian's certainty of eternal life and salvation.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God-- children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, "This is the one I spoke about when I said, 'He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.'") Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known. (John 1:1-18 NIV)
Scott and Jane Johnson minister with East Faulkner Church of Christ and BRG Bible. Bible question can be sent to [email protected],com.