Ben Reaoch | Category: Christmas
It’s in the life of David that we see another scandal. Another adulterous affair. It’s the famous story of David and Bathsheba. David had remained in Jerusalem even though his troops had gone out to battle. One afternoon he was walking on his roof and saw a woman bathing. He asked about her. And someone said, She’s Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah the Hittite. And then David sinned greatly. The text says, “So David sent messengers and took her, and she came to him, and he lay with her” (2 Samuel 11:4). Bathsheba got pregnant, and as David tried to hide his sin, his sins increased. He ended up sending a letter to the commander of the army that said, “Set Uriah in the forefront of the hardest fighting, and then draw back from him, that he may be struck down, and die” (11:15).
The baby that was conceived died, because David’s sin displeased the Lord. But then David and Bathsheba had another son—Solomon. And the lineage continued through him.
It’s so interesting in the genealogy of Matthew 1 that Bathsheba’s name is not recorded, but instead it says, “the wife of Uriah,” (Matthew 1:6) reminding us so vividly of this sin. The genealogy is telling a story here. It’s not just the data of Jesus’ family tree. It’s the story of his ancestry. And it’s a very spotted ancestry, indeed.
The despicable story of Judah and Tamar, Rahab the prostitute, Ruth the Moabitess, and the adulterous affair of David and Bathsheba. These are a few of the stories from Jesus’ lineage.
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