Women of the Bible: Bathsheba

Courageous conversations are quite scarce. The intensity and intricacy of matters that need to be addressed usually makes it seem better to not challenge any pre-existing perceptions.

The version of Bathsheba’s story that I grew up knowing doesn’t have trauma and misfortunes. At least when they mention the ugly parts, it never sounds half as bad. I get that we need positivity and hope, but sometimes it’s done at the cost of essential knowledge.

Bathsheba is often celebrated as Queen and the mother of King Solomon. What we barely talk about are the storms she weathered as King David’s wife. I guess this is because it’s uncommon for women to share their stories. It is thrilling now that more women are changing the trajectory of the world where speaking up is concerned.

There is a culture of abuse that is often overlooked. We see it in Bathsheba’s story. A culture of power abuse, that we seem to have gotten “used to” When we see injustice by those in high ranks of the society — it is hardly questioned. Bathsheba was violated, but because the David was a king — noone questioned it. This sad thing is this keeps happening even in this generation. How many women have been abused and mistreated by men with power authority? Many vulnerable women, like Bathsheba are objectified because they are not in any position to defend themselves. God forbid that we don’t call out such narcissistic behaviour.

Apart from being taken advantage of, Bathsheba’s husband is killed once her perpetrator finds out that he couldn’t cover up his mistake! We don’t even know if she loved David. I am confident that even if she was embarrassed about being pregnant by another man’s child, she didn’t want her husband to be killed because of that.

I can only imagine how broken she was while these events unfolded. The guilt of being summoned into adultery, the death of her beloved and then losing the child she was carrying. A lot of women walk around carrying awfully heavy burdens in their hearts.

So many women are currently experiencing life like Bathsheba’s in one form or another. Some have stopped trying to speak out because the society doesn’t always make it easier. Im sure if Bathsheba was to speak out, she would have been bombarded with questions like — Why were you bathing at night, why were you bathing in the open? Or why you complaining, who doesn’t want to be a king’s wife?

Our world needs more safe spaces. We need to address behaviours and cultures that are corrupted. The people who prey on the vulnerable and abuse their power ought to be called out! When one dares to speak out, we need to come together and amplify their voice.

For those who are in similar situations as Bathsheba — we see you! Rest in knowing that God will restore your honor. Whether now or through generations after you, your name will not be remembered with shame. Give your story and trauma to God, only He can make something good out of what the enemy meant for evil. Also, be kind to yourself. It’s easy to feel guilt and hopelessness when you’re victimised, but sis handle yourself with grace just as how Christ handles you. You are loved.

Prayer

Lord I hand over my heart to you. Heal, restore and make of my brokenness what You will. Being objectified has numbed me and sometimes I don’t acknowledge my worth. Help me to speak out in times of injustice. Help me see the hope of Your promises for my life. I pray for strength and resilience to raise my voice even in times when judgement may surround me. May you bring destiny helpers who will help walk this journey with me in the name of Jesus. Amen

23 Comments Add yours

  1. Reblogged this on My Melody and commented:
    Loving this twist to Bathsheba’s story.

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  2. Perth Girl says:

    Never looked at Bathsheba’s story through this perspective. Really enjoyed reading this. Thank you for sharing this.

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    1. Moreblessing says:

      A pleasure to bring this to you Perth Girl! 😊

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  3. Bravo 👏 wonderfully written! ❤️

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      1. Your Welcome! 💐

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  4. angelmimie says:

    Word my sister. You are speaking from my heart. I am every woman for real!

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  5. angelmimie says:

    Reblogged this on I believe I can fly and commented:
    Our world needs more safe spaces. We need to address behaviors and cultures that are corrupted. The people who prey on the vulnerable and abuse their power ought to be called out! When one dares to speak out, we need to come together and amplify their voice. #SafeSpaces #UpliftASister

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    1. Moreblessing says:

      😁😁😁 thanks for the reblog mami!!

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  6. Adeola says:

    This!!! God bless your heart for this Sis ❤️❤️ May we become women who speak up for ourselves and others to make the society a better place to live.

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  7. tanaka_tkzy says:

    This masterpiece came to me as a history and social studied lesson merged into one powerful blog post.✔🔥✔ WordsOfPower.✔🔥✔

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    1. Moreblessing says:

      Much thanks 😊

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  8. Sparkle✨ says:

    “Give your story and trauma to God, only He can make something good out of what the enemy meant for evil”

    My take home♥️May the Lord use as He wills to bring Bathshebas to healing!💪🏾

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    1. Moreblessing says:

      Thank you for the reblog!! 🤗🤗😃

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      1. GodChild says:

        Thank you for writing this! I have also written about Bathsheba before, here for example:
        https://godchild.blog/2020/07/28/tough-topics-from-the-heart/

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      2. Moreblessing says:

        I just read it
        As well as the David and Bathsheba (uuuh I need to catch up without blog real time — I am enjoying your writing)

        And as I read “tough topics from the heart” I couldn’t help but feel for Bathsheba again, you are asking important questions too! Love it

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  9. Leif Price says:

    Beautifully written.. Enjoyed reading it – keep up the good work!

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    1. Moreblessing says:

      Thank you Leif 😃

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  10. shyielaCroc says:

    Insightful piece there. This story is usually used David being the main character, but you shared it through a different perspective that I never saw coming. Learnt a lot. God bless.

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    1. Moreblessing says:

      Thank you Shyiela! Glad to hear that we’re learning together 😊
      Please call again

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