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Date : 18-05-07 08:50
What Grace Can Do (2)
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Few things hurt more than losing a child. Bathsheba's heart no doubt was broken. David comforted her,and she conceived another son, whom David named Solomon. The Bible tells us, "The Lord loved him, and He sent word by the hand of nathan the prophet: So he called his name Jedidiah, because of the Lord" (1Sam 13:24-25). Jedidiah means "beloved of the Lord.“

How merciful and gracious is our God. Though He punished David, He did not withhold His love from him or from Bathsheba and their child. He did not renege on His promise to establish David's line forever. In fact, God would pick Solomon to carry on the kingly line of David, in keeping with the Davidic Covenant (7:12-13). Bathsheba bore David three more sons, but Solomon was uniquely chosen.

Bathsheba spent the remainder of her life in the palace, tossed about by the consequences of David's sin with her. Her life was a roller coaster of history-shaping events. God had promised David a life of "adversity" and wowed the sword would "never depart form his house" as punishment for what he had done (12:10-11).

Among the most painful of those adversities was the rebellion of David's son Absalom. Bathsheba's grandfather, Ahithophel, joined Absalom to fight against David (11:3; 15:31; 23:34). Many speculate Ahithophel turned against David as revenge for David's seduction of his granddaughter and murder of her husband. Imagine how Bathsheba felt when she heard her grandfather had committed suicide after Absalom spurned his counsel and Ahithophel realized David's victory was likely (17:23). Our lives can be full of painful disappointments.

As David advanced in age and neared his death, Bathsheba became influential in the royal court (1Ki 1-2). One day Nathan approached her to tell her that David's son Adonijah was preparing to make himself king. The prophet urged Bathsheba,"Go immediately to King David and say to him, 'Did you not, my lord, O king, swear to your maidservant, saying, "Assuredly your son Solomon shall reign after me, and he shall sit on my throne?" Why then has Adonijah become king?'" (1:13).

Bathsheba heeded Nathan's advice. David respected Bathsheba and immediately ordered Solomon's Coronation, thwarting Adonijah's short-lived rebellion. After David's death, Bathsheba remained a respected influence on her son King Solomon. Though he did not always grant his mother's requests, he respectfully bowed to her and placed a throne for her beside his (2:19-24).

Bathsheba knew God's story included Solomon carrying on King David's royal line, which would somehow continue "forever" (2Sam 7:12-13). But she did not know just how far it would take her story: Bathsheba would become part of the Messianic line. 

The New Testament begins with a genealogy, hear-kenning back to God's promise in Gen 3:15 to send the "seed" of a woman-the Redeemer-to crush Satan and the sin he caused. The Old Testament proclaimed, "He's coming!" and provided information about this promised Savior. Matthew's genealogy included five women: Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba and Mary (1:3-16). All were trophies of God's grace. Their inclusion emphasizes the truth of Jesus' name-"Salvation." He came to "save His people from their sins" (1:21).

God is wring His grand story. Eph 1:11-12 says God "works all things according to the counsel of His will, that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory." God receives glory by displaying His grace-His undeserved kindness to people whop deserve punishment.

We all deserve punishment because we all are sinners. As Bathsheba's son Solomon wrote, "There is not a just man on earth who does good and does not sin" (Ecc 7:20). Like Bathsheba, we need God's mercy and grace.