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Archive for May, 2016

An Ancient Story of Hope

This is Part One of a series of blog articles written by Brittany Sherrill for Life Centers. 

Pregnant, and her husband had been off to war for months. What would everyone think? What would her husband say? He would have every right to divorce her. And then where would she go, with a baby? How she wished she could just do that one day over again! She sent word to the king about her pregnancy after their visit, wondering how on earth they were going to cover this up. Weeks later, she heard the king had brought her husband home from war – her heart froze with fear. No, no, he wouldn’t be able to tell about the pregnancy yet. Even if her husband just came home for a short visit with her, they could fix this so that he never had to know of her unfaithfulness. But he was too loyal to his country, too honorable of a man – he didn’t want to enjoy a visit home with his family when his fellow soldiers were still on the front lines. He was sent back to the battle, his visit to the king unable to produce the intended, deceptive purpose of covering up their adultery.

What were they going to do now? She waited and waited, but her pregnancy was becoming obvious. She was beginning to fear being discovered for all that had happened, when she received a letter and her heart sunk. Her husband, Uriah, was dead. A mighty man of valor to the king was dead. Weeks of mourning followed, but there was a deeper guilt and shame behind them – her husband never knew of her unfaithfulness, and she was never able to make it right with him; her developing pregnancy was a constant reminder of that. They would never know restitution. Mourning certainly was appropriate. After a time, the king sent for her to become his wife, and she joined his house in marriage.

Bathsheba was the wife of a respected man in the community. David was “a man after God’s own heart”. In 2 Samuel 11 and 12, one of the more well-known accounts of Israel’s most famous king, these two committed adultery and tried to cover up the consequences, resulting in the death of Uriah, Bathsheba’s honorable husband and David’s honorable soldier. And God chose for Jesus Christ to be born out of the line of David and Bathsheba through their second son, Solomon. Praise God that He forgives sinners! His forgiving nature is seen on display thousands of years ago just as we can see it today in our own lives and in the lives of those who come in contact with Life Centers. No matter our situation, no matter our choices, there is hope.

“For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His steadfast love toward those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does He remove our transgressions from us.”
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Psalm 103:11-12, ESV

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