"When Uriah's wife heard that her husband was dead, she mourned for Uriah. And when the mourning was past, David sent and brought her to his house, and she became his wife and bore him a son."
II Samuel 11: 26, 27
"The Question I Would Like to Ask Bathsheba"
Virtuous: Having moral excellence.
"The words of Lemuel King of Massa, which his mother taught him…a capable, intelligent, and virtuous woman - who is he who can find her? She is far more precious than jewels and her value is far above rubies or pearls."
Proverbs 31: 1, 10
"Love virtue rather than fear sin."
Jean Pierre Camus
What are the qualities of a virtuous person?
What does being "virtuous" mean to me on a personal level?
"So good a thing is virtue that even its enemies applaud and admire it."
"Virtue is the beauty of the soul."
Information came from the battlefield. Perhaps it was a knock on the door. Or possibly it was a king's messenger who sent a note. Whatever and however the information about Uriah's death arrived, on one particular day, the news was delivered to Bathsheba: "Your husband is dead."
I wonder how Bathsheba felt? The Bible states she "mourned for Uriah." But in case you think this was some lengthy time period, Biblical scholars refer to two passages, Genesis 50: 10 and I Samuel 31: 13, which put the time of mourning at seven days. Frankly, Uriah's body was hardly cold when David took Bathsheba as his wife. Seven days of weeping and Bathsheba was whisked off to David's palace.
So if you are wondering what question I would like to ask Bathsheba, here it is: "How could you marry the man who murdered your husband?" Some might say that Bathsheba wasn't privy to all the gory details surrounding Uriah's untimely passing. But let me tell you girls, we women are an intuitive group. We get those knots in our stomachs. We have a sense about things. And within days of telling David she was pregnant, Bathsheba was met with the news that her young, vital, valiant husband had been killed in the war. If I'd been in Bathsheba's sandals, I would have smelled a rat and he would be wearing a crown and sitting on the throne of the nation.
As I considered the situation Bathsheba was in, it appears to me, that in the case of being unsuspectingly picked up one day by the messengers of a lustful King David and taken to the palace for a sexual romp, Bathsheba could have been granted some understanding, for her life was on the line. However, what I begin to see portrayed in the life of Bathsheba is the statement that one wrong step does lead to another. This to me is a more appropriate description of what occurred. Bathsheba could have said, "No," to David in the first place, but she chose not to. And the next time David came calling, after he had Uriah slaughtered, we find that Bathsheba didn't say, "No!" again. Instead, to cover the immoral act that she and David had engaged in, she went to the palace and married her husband's murderer.
We must remember, at some point, Bathsheba thought about the consequences of her behavior. After a few months, when she could not hide the fact she was pregnant, someone in Jerusalem would start the gossip mill turning. Someone would question why an absent soldier's wife would all of a sudden turn up pregnant. And someone, somewhere would start whispering that they had heard from a messenger's friend that a message was sent…and so on…and so on!
At a moment in time, Bathsheba had to agree to, and get in on, the cover-up! So she went to the palace to help draw a veil of secrecy over the act she and David had committed.
Talk about virtuous behavior taking a hit. It certainly appeared to go down the drain in this case. David got the woman he thought he wanted. And Bathsheba's marriage to David happened soon enough that for months no one suspected any hanky-panky at all.
From all outside accounts, virtue bit the dust. Moral excellence was not alive and well within the palace walls.
But in the words of Bathsheba and David's son, Solomon, "He who covers his transgressions will not prosper" (Proverbs 28: 13, Amplified Bible). And I wonder whether these words were penned by the firsthand knowledge Solomon gained from his parents who knew exactly the price that is paid when virtue is hastily cast aside. Author Francois de La Rochefoucauld likens virtue in the soul as "health to the body." And what is the body worth without health? The same can be asked each of us regarding the purity of heart and soul, for what is the value of our spirituality without virtue at the helm of our actions. As Pythagoras wrote many years ago, "Wealth is a weak anchor, and glory cannot support a man; this is the law of God, that virtue only is firm and cannot be shaken by a tempest."
"Know then this truth, enough for man to know: Virtue alone is happiness below."
An Essay on Man, IV
I Sing a Song of the Saints of God
"I sing a song of the saints of God, patient and brave and true,
who toiled and fought and lived and died for the Lord they loved and knew.
And one was a doctor, and one was a queen, and one was a shepherdess
on the green;
They were all of them saints of God, and I mean,
God helping, to be one too.
They loved their lord so dear, so dear, and
His love made them strong;
And they followed the right for Jesus' sake
the whole of their good lives long.
And one was a soldier, and one was a priest, and one was
slain by a fierce wild beast;
and there's not any reason, no, not the least, why I
shouldn't be one too.
They lived not only in ages past; there are hundreds of
The world is bright with the joyous saints who love to do
You can meet them in school, on the street, in the store, in
church, by sea, in the house next door;
they are saints of God, whether rich or poor, and I mean to
be one too."
Dorothy Valcàrcel, Author
When A Woman Meets Jesus
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