Cuando pensamos en las madres nombradas en la Biblia, tendemos a pensar en las mujeres conocidas. Mary, Hannah e Elizabeth vienen a la mente. La figura materna hacia la que gravito más, sin embargo, es un poco inesperada. Me encantan los destellos que obtenemos sobre la vida de Betsabé.
Es lamentable que la mayoría de la gente solo la vea de manera negativa y no por la mujer y la madre venerada en que se convirtió. En realidad, las Escrituras tienen más que decir sobre ella de lo que recordamos de nuestros primeros días en la escuela dominical, ver a una dama en una bañera colocada en una tabla cubierta de fieltro y condenada por todos los que volvieron a contar su historia.
Bathsheba was raised in a very religious household. Her grandfather, Ahithophel, was one of David?s chief counselors. So revered was his wise advice and Jewish education, that Scripture says David highly valued him. Ahithophel?s family, including Bathsheba, would have been greatly influenced by his vast Jewish teachings. Bathsheba went on to marry Uriah, who Scripture makes clear was a noble man. He was extremely loyal to his king, his duty, and his fellow warriors. Everything changed the day David saw her bathing, though, as we read in 2 Samuel.
No puedo imaginar la angustia que sintió Betsabé durante este tiempo: su confusión interna por lo que había sucedido con David, el duelo por la muerte de su esposo, dejar la vida que conocía mientras se convertía abruptamente en esposa del rey y luego perder al pequeño bebé que ella compartió con el rey David.
Bathsheba would end up having four more sons with her now husband David. One of these sons was known for being the wisest man in the world: Solomon. She, like most of us mommas, had a nickname for her son. According to Jewish history, Solomon?s nickname from his mother?often even the pen name he used when writing?was Lemuel.
Open your Bibles and turn to Proverbs 31:1. What does it say? ?The words of King Lemuel, an oracle his mother taught him.? So, this well-known chapter of Proverbs 31 was inspired by Bathsheba. I love that. Christian women are often inundated with messaging encouraging us to be like the Proverbs 31 woman. Did you realize we are being encouraged to be like Bathsheba? Are we teaching our children the virtues found in this chapter that Bathsheba was intentional about teaching to her own son?
This is a beautiful picture of God showing His love, forgiveness, and ultimate redemption of her story. Bathsheba is even mentioned in the lineage of Christ! Her legacy is a reminder that God?s mercy is always more abundant than any sin we could commit. I pray we all teach our children the truth that only in Christ can we find true peace, forgiveness, and redemption as well.