Nudity, King David, Bathsheba and God’s Judgment

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2One evening David arose from his couch and was walking on the roof of the king’s house, when from there he saw a woman bathing; and she was very lovely to behold. (2 Samuel 11:20

David looked on a naked body. He then committed adultery. And murder.

Then he lied about it.

Then he learned the woman was pregnant. He lied about that.

Then he had the woman’s husband killed.

Then he lied about that.

His sin began when he looked at the naked body of the woman bathing herself.

Now that Uriah is murdered by David, he marries Bathsheba.

God lets all this happen…then

He sends Nathan the prophet who tells David a story. David is so blind to his evil of adultery and murder that he swears the man will be killed who done such a thing as Nathan reports.

Nathan tells him he is the man. Yes David GOD forgives you and has put away your sin. However the sword will never depart from your house.

Israel  is still at war today. An innocent child dies because God struck him with sickness. Regardless of David’s prayers and fasting the child dies. David had killed Uriah. Now God kills David and Bathsheba’s child.

Yes it all started when Bathsheba exposed her nudity to David. I am sure Bathsheba knew David walked where he walked when he saw her that day. How could she not know that the king’s palace was right next door?

So from this one look at a naked body here is what happened:

1. Lust

2. Adultery

3. Covetousness and No concern for Uriah

4. Adultery and Lies

5. Murder and Lies

6. An innocent child dies

7. The sword will never depart from the house of David.

No doubt that IF Bathsheba had not bathed in full view of David none of these sins would have been committed.


4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Michael Trowbridge on July 3, 2011 at 12:26

    Every statement above is true. You never say Bathsheba sinned when she bathed that first day. Yet you sort of imply that she did sin in your last sentence. I think she did not sin unless she was being seductive or purposefully alluring to David. The Scriptures give no evidence that she did. They imply she did not because it is written in great detail. Nathan makes it clear that God was killing that first child to punish David (but she is not mentioned by Nathan). I think God would not exonerate Bathsheba later with having her blessed to be the mother of Solomon if she had seduced David.


    • Posted by bdo on July 3, 2011 at 13:34

      Of course Bathsheba sinned. She committed adultery against her husband Uriah with David. No righteous woman would commit adultery, then marry the man who had her husband murdered? How could she not know the king’s palace was right there, right where she could be seen? And if she had not known this; she still could have refused to go when David sent for her. When David’s child died so did Bathsheba’s: it was the same child. God did not exonerate Bathsheba because God never neglects to punish sin. Sin will be punished wherever it is found.
      As far as her being the mother of Solomon does not mean she was righteous: it means that God is righteous and forgiving.
      Solomon married many strange women who turned his heart away from God in his life.


  2. Posted by Michael Trowbridge on July 5, 2011 at 13:15

    I wasn’t saying she hadn’t sinned elsewhere. Does the Scripture ever say she sinned by bathing (I assume without trying to be alluring to David) nude in front of David?


    • Posted by bdo on July 6, 2011 at 03:34

      It is obvious and clear that IF she had not been bathing right there where David could see her there would have been no adultery no murder and no judgement from God and no innocent child dead.
      You want a loophole for Bathsheba but there is none.
      Think. If she had been in any way decent would she have had sex with a man who was not her husband, Would she have married a man who murdered her husband, would she have did all she could to make sure Solomon her son became king instead of any of David’s other sons.
      Face it Bathsheba was not a virtuous woman nor did she care for anyone but herself.


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