Pray: Patient and forgiving God, you helped David see his sin, and then you forgave him, and remained faithful to your promises. Help us see where we fall short, so that we might live rightly in you, for the sake of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
One day while King David was walking upon the king’s roof, he saw a beautiful woman bathing. He asked about the woman and discovered she was Bathsheba, wife of Uriah. He sent for her, and lay with her, and she became pregnant.
When David discovered she was pregnant, he sent for Uriah who was serving as a soldier in David’s war. He tried to get Uriah to go home and lie with his wife so that it would seem as though her baby belonged to Uriah. But Uriah was a faithful servant, and soldiers were not to enjoy comforts of home while they were serving. Uriah refused to lie with her.
To cover his indiscretion, David had Uriah sent to the front lines of the war, where he was killed. When Bathsheba’s time of mourning was over, David brought her to his house and she became his wife.
All of this angered God, who had given David everything he had ever wanted or needed. God sent the prophet, Nathan, to confront David. Nathan used the story of the rich and poor man to reveal David’s sin. David repented. As a punishment, God did not let his child live. But then God forgave David and remained faithful to God’s covenant with David.
Read: Follow the stories of Solomon’s birth and rise to power, following the death of his father, David.
Sunday, 2 Samuel 12:1-9; Psalm 51:1-9, David and Bathsheba
Monday, 2 Samuel 12:15b-23, Bathsheba’s Child Dies
Tuesday, 2 Samuel 12:24-25, Solomon Is Born
Wednesday, 1 Kings 1:1-21, The Struggle for Succession
Thursday, 1 Kings 1:22-27, The Struggle for the Succession
Friday, 1 Kings 1:28-53, The Accession of Solomon
Saturday, 1 Kings 2:13-25, Solomon Consolidates His Reign
Bless: Close your devotion with a blessing.
God of grace, help us hear the promise of grace in the midst of acknowledging our failures. Give us courage to trust in your love. Amen.