Welcome to week two of blogging through the alphabet. This week our focus is going to be on these two people from the Bible.
Bathsheba: "daughter of the oath"
She was the wife of Uriah and after he died became the wife of King David. We can find her story in 2 Samuel 11. She was a beautiful woman. Both her father and husband (Uriah) were military under the direct control of the King. She became mother to Solomon.
Characteristics of Bathsheba:
- Even though she committed adultery with David, she was faithful to him after they were married.
- She was wise. She was able to ensure Solomon became king when David died.
- She was Solomon's closest advisor during his reign,
- She brought up Solomon in a godly and loving home.
2 Samuel 11:3 ~ And David sent and enquired after the woman. And one said, Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?
2 Samuel 12:24 ~ And David comforted Bathsheba his wife, and went in unto her, and lay with her: and she bare a son, and he called his name Solomon: and the Lord loved him.
1 Kings 1:16-17 ~ And Bathsheba bowed, and did obeisance unto the king. And the king said, What wouldest thou? And she said unto him, My lord, thou swarest by the Lord thy God unto thine handmaid, saying, Assuredly Solomon thy son shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne.
We find Boaz's story in the book of Ruth. He was a wealthy man and had some land in Bethlehem. Ruth began to glean on his land after she moved there with he mother-in-law Naomi.
Some characteristics of Boaz:
- He was a man of God and loved God.
- He was nice to Ruth when others may not have been.
- He took care of Ruth's needs even before they were courting or married.
- He was kind, thoughtful, and considerate.
Ruth 2:3 ~ And she went, and came, and gleaned in the field after the reapers: and her hap was to light on a part of the field belonging unto Boaz, who was of the kindred of Elimelech.
Ruth 2:10 ~ Then she fell on her face, and bowed herself to the ground, and said unto him, Why have I found grace in thine eyes, that thou shouldest take knowledge of me, seeing I am a stranger?
Ruth 4:13 ~ So Boaz took Ruth, and she was his wife: and when he went in unto her, the Lord gave her conception, and she bare a son.