Wives of King David: Bathsheba

The story of Bathsheba is the best known of King David’s wives. By the time David meets her he is King of Israel and living in Jerusalem. Her name means the daughter of oath.  Her father and grandfather were in David’s inner circle and Wikipedia says her father, Eliam, was “one of David’s thirty” and her grandfather, Ahitophel was “one […]

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Second Chances: David and Bathsheba

We are continuing our study on second chances. We are told that David was a man “after God’s own heart.”  However, we are also shown David’s failures and mistakes.  Like the rest of us, he was not a perfect man and made plenty of mistakes. 1 Kings 15:5 says,  “David did that which was right in the eyes of the Lord, […]

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Sons in the Bible: Sons of Solomon

King Solomon was the son of David and Bathsheba and the grandson of Jesse. While Solomon had 700 wives and 300 concubines we do not know a lot about his children. Here’s what we do know: Rehoboam—means he enlarges the people; was Solomon’s successor and the son of his wife, Naamah the Ammonite. During his reign the Kingdom of Israel […]

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Sons in the Bible: Sons of Jesse

Jesse was the son of Obed and grandson of Boaz and Ruth. We learn the most about his sons when Samuel arrives to anoint the next king. His sons names come from the books of 1 Samuel and 1 Chronicles.  Jesse is mentioned to have eight sons, but only seven are mentioned by name. Whether it was an error or […]

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Lessons from King David: Death of David

As David grows old and his days are numbered, his son Adonijah attempts to take his throne. Bathsheba goes before David to plead the case for her son, Solomon. “The king solemnly promised, “As God lives, the God who delivered me from every kind of trouble, I’ll do exactly what I promised in God’s name, the God of Israel: Your […]

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Lessons from King David: David, the Father

While David had numerous sons, there is little that we know about most of them. But, what we do know about his children tells us a lot about David as a father. David only has one daughter mentioned by name in scriptures. That daughter is Tamar. She was raped by her half-brother-Amnon. “King David heard the whole story and was […]

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Lessons from King David: Rape of Tamar

The ramifications of David’s sin with Bathsheba had long reaching power. David had a daughter named Tamar. Her half-brother, Amnon, was so in love with her that he could not stop thinking about her. So, he devised a plan and pretended to be sick. Amnon asked David, his father, to send Tamar in to care for him. When she went […]

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Book Review: Courageous Women of the Bible

Do you ever struggle with being courageous?  I can’t tell you how many times I have endeavored to be courageous. We all need reminders of what being courageous means and we can stand strong when we need to. Latan Roland Murphy shares stories of courageous women in her book Courageous Women of the Bible. These women of the Bible can […]

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When You Never Do Right

          King David took Bathsheba as his own and when she became pregnant he had to find a quick fix.  He called her husband, Uriah the Hittite, in from the battle field. But instead of going to his wife, as David commanded, Uriah refused stating a code of honor to his fellow soldiers still on the […]

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Wives of King David: King David’s Children

We’ve been studying the lives and lessons from the wives of King David, including the childless wife, some nameless concubines, a bed warmer and an almost wife. But what about his children? Only one daughter is mentioned by name.  She is Tamar, daughter of Maacah.  Her name is Hebrew and means date palm, palm tree or a date {the fruit}.  She […]

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King David

King David is one of the most interesting men in scripture. He transforms from a young shepherd boy, to a confident teen that slays Goliath, into a man on the run for his life, and finally to the King of Israel. He was anointed at a young age, but had to wait many years for that promise to be fulfilled.  […]

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Lessons from the Women in Jesus Genealogy

We’ve studied the five women mentioned in Jesus genealogy in the book of Matthew.  However, we’ve learned that none of them were perfect and they all had choices to make. We don’t have to be perfect—none of these women were perfect. After all, we have an adulterer, harlot, and foreigner among the women in Jesus family history. Our consequences may […]

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Genealogy of Jesus: The Wife of Uriah

In the genealogy of Jesus, mentioned in Matthew 1, we are told “David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah’s wife.” We know from the Biblical account found in 2 Samuel 11, that the wife of Uriah was named Bathsheba.  The story of how she and David came to be the parents of Solomon is told in […]

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One Last Chance: Ananias and Sapphira

The story of Ananias and Sapphira are found in the book of Acts, in the New Testament, as we wrap up this series on last chances from God. Jesus has recently ascended to heaven and the first followers of Jesus have bounded together. In this time followers of Jesus “did not consider their possessions to be their own but held […]

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