It’s All in the Detail
“How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!”
Psalm 119:103 (KJV)
Reading through the Chronological Bible this year, I am back to the place where David is handing over the Throne to his son Solomon. I am trying not to allow my mind to glaze over as various people and their positions are mentioned.
There are some people who love genealogy and family trees or mapping out treks. They even like the whole spate of television programmes on this genre. Not me. But I have an incentive this time as I am looking for a connection between Bathsheba and Ahiphothel: I have heard it said they are related; uncle and niece, or grandfather and granddaughter, and Ahiphothel’s betrayal of David was a result of David having compromised his relative (2 Samuel 11), which ultimately led to his downfall. I have wondered what made David’s loyal advisor change allegiance and follow Absalom (2 Samuel 15:31)?
I want that light bulb moment as in 2 Samuel 23:39 when Uriah the Hittite finally fell into place as one of the mighty 30. Or realising how Joshua was groomed to take over from Moses (see Exodus).
David knew he had done something wrong but he felt it was fixable. We know the adage “two wrongs don’t make a right” but don’t we find ourselves at times doing just that? First, David should have gone to battle: 1 Chronicles 20:1 states it was in the Spring when Kings go to battle. Yet David didn’t go that year; instead he found himself at a loose end (idle hands come to mind) wandered up to the roof top and saw a beautiful woman. 2 Samuel 11 tells the whole story from David enquiring after her (the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite), sending for her, sleeping with and impregnating her, sending for her husband in an attempt to cover up his part in the pregnancy, to ultimately sending Uriah back to battle with his own death warrant (verse 15).
It would appear that it was not just The Lord who was displeased (verse 26). Don’t get me wrong, I know the understanding of this doesn’t affect my salvation, but to me it helps show the mind of God—that He would put so many connections in place can’t be for His benefit.
I may or may not find the connection this time round but I won’t give up. It may go on the back burner for a day, a week, a few months; but when I do, it will be all the sweeter for the wait.
Father, thank you for giving us enquiring minds. Help us to use them to seek You and to understand You and Your ways. ‘Thy words are sweeter than honey.’ In Jesus’ name we pray.
Study by Jackee Brown
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