Women of the Word: Abishag

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Abishag was a Shunammite woman who is mentioned in 1 Kings 1:3, 4 and 1 Kings 2:13-25. We know that she was young, a virgin, and very beautiful. In the old age of King David, she was “hired” to be a companion to him and take care of him. After David died, his son Solomon became king. But evidently one of his other sons, Adonijah, also desired to wear the crown (he had already tried – and failed – to take over the kingdom once before).

Because Abishag had been David’s partner before his death, she was an inheritor to the throne. If he married her, Adonijah thought that he would have an easier time getting rid of Solomon and making himself king. So Adonijah asked Bathsheba to ask Solomon could he have Abishag as his wife. When Solomon heard Bathsheba, he discerned the plot behind Adonijah’s seemingly innocent request (after all, he was the wisest man who ever lived). In so many words, Solomon’s answer was a big fat “NO!” Later, Solomon had Adonijah killed. And that was the end of that. Continue reading

Women of the Word: Solomon’s Wives and Concubines

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Solomon is known as the wisest man who ever lived which is what makes his downfall so shocking and sad. Nehemiah 13:26 tells us that “among many nations there was no king like him, who was beloved of his God; and God made him king over all Israel. Nevertheless pagan women caused even him to sin.” Read all about this unfortunate happening in 1 Kings 11:1-8.

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Women of the Word: Bathsheba

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David and Bathsheba is one of the most well-known stories in the Bible. But most times we tend to focus on David’s sin and consequences instead of Bathsheba, who is equally guilty of committing adultery. If she had done some things differently, David might not have been tempted to sin at all. Bathsheba is mentioned in the books of 2 Samuel, 1 Kings, 1 Chronicles, and once in Psalm as David pleaded with God to have mercy and compassion on him despite his sin. Before getting with David, Bathsheba was married to Uriah the Hittite who as a soldier in the army of Israel. Here are three things we can learn from the life of the beautiful Bathsheba.

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