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Woman to Woman…Bathsehba

 

Bathsheba is the next woman in the lineage of Jesus listed in Matthew 1.  I hope you are enjoying the Woman to Woman series and the lessons we can learn from the women in the Bible.

Bathsheba is not mentioned by name in Matthew 1. She is referred to as Solomon’s mother and Uriah’s wife. Though her name is not mentioned, she is no less important than the other women who are listed. One of the important things to note is that she is the wife of Uriah who was one of David’s men. Uriah had gone off to battle, and while lounging on his roof, David sees a beautiful woman bathing on her roof.  I am not sure if she knew the king would be watching or if it was totally innocent. David asks his men to find out who she is and even though they bring him back the news that she is married, he sends for her anyway so that he can sleep with her.

Not a good idea, David! That one moment of lust starts a domino effect…

Bathsheba ends up pregnant from their escapade and David is afraid his sin of adultery will be discovered. He calls Uriah back from the battlefield and tells him to go home to his wife.  Seriously, David?

King David thinks if Uriah sleeps with his wife Uriah will think the baby is his. But that backfires because Uriah is a loyal soldier and chooses to stay in the palace with his king rather than go home to his wife. That leads to yet another attempt to cover up his sin. David orders Uriah to be sent to the front line in hopes he will be killed. When Uriah dies, David marries Bathsheba and they have a son. Growing up, my mom always said if you lie you will get caught and that is exactly what happened. Nathan the prophet confronts David about his sin and David repents asking God for forgiveness. There is a consequence for their sin, their child dies.

God, however, blesses Bathsheba and David with another child and they name him Solomon and he is loved by God.

When we look at the story of Bathsheba and King David we see that though God can always forgive, there will still be consequences for our sinful choices. We all fall short from time to time, but when we repent, God forgives us. Yes, there will be consequences but God is good and there is always something so much better ahead than what we leave in our past.

Have a Simply Blessed day and I hope you take a moment to read the whole story of Bathsheba and David in 2 Samuel 11 and 12

Next week we’ll finish our look at the women of Matthew 1 and look at Mary the mother of Jesus.

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Let No Ivy Take Root

One night at Bible study we were talking about spiritual battles and a young mom in our group gave a great analogy of what can happen when we let our guard down. Being a picture person, it came through loud and clear to me. I became fixated on the picture painted in my mind by her words. In my heart I knew there was a lesson in it. She said something like, “When we let our guard down, the enemy and sin have a way of creeping in like ivy on a house.”

Ivy is beautiful to the onlooker but what is it doing to the structure underneath? Ivy starts from one little root and grows slowly. It is a creeping plant that wraps itself around trees, fences, and buildings. Sound familiar?

The enemy sits waiting for his chance to plant that one little root that in time will grow and slowly begin to take over. Many things that the world sees as perfectly acceptable are sin in God’s eyes and can take over a person.

As I researched ivy, I learned that it wraps its way around a tree and sucks the life out of the tree. What looks beautiful from the outside is actually killing the tree. Even a tree with deep roots will be harmed when the root of an ivy plant takes hold. On buildings that have any cracks/damage, ivy literally grows into the crack and causes very harmful structural damage. Moisture also gets into those damaged areas that the ivy has made bigger and becomes the perfect breeding ground for mold and fungus.

We can so easily become like those homes covered in ivy, beautiful on the outside and falling apart because of the damage the roots of sin, shame, and lies from the enemy have caused. Just like the tree that is slowly dying, the life is being sucked out of us. Something foul like mold or fungus on a house can be growing in us where the root of evil has broken into old wounds.

God’s word tells us to “be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8 (NIV) We need to be on guard as believers. “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:12 (NIV) Daily, we need to be putting on the armor of God and digging in deep to tear out any roots the enemy is trying to plant in our heads and our hearts.

As you read this, I hope you will really look hard at yourself. Is there ivy in your life that needs to be torn out before it slowly sucks the life out of you? Ask God to search your heart and bring to your attention any strongholds that have taken root and then ask God to use His mighty hand to tear out the ivy in your life.

Know this, as ivy is pulled off a building parts of the building come with it. Ask God to be the life-giving “spackle” that fills in those holes where your ivy has been pulled out. God can rebuild what was meant for harm. Ivy can be turned from harmful to …

“I” live

“V”ictoriously in

“Y”ou!

The enemy can have no root of harm in me and he can have no root of harm in you!