Posts Tagged ‘David’

Many of the Psalms are related to David. A case study in sanitizing the horrors of a leader, but also of what happens with power and a humble spirit. Started out as a cast off shepherd boy, hunted by the ruling monarch, before finally being anointed as King. It was his descendants that would take Israel into exile. Yet, the poetic words accredited to him does bring forward a powerful question on the road to recovery:

Unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.
O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed,
let not mine enemies triumph over me.
Yea, let none that wait on thee be ashamed:
let them be ashamed which transgress without cause.
Shew me thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths.
Lead me in thy truth, and teach me:
for thou art the God of my salvation;
on thee do I wait all the day.
Remember, O Lord, thy tender mercies and thy loving kindnesses;
for they have been ever of old.
Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions:
according to thy mercy remember thou me
for thy goodness’ sake, O Lord.

Good and upright is the Lord:
therefore will he teach sinners in the way.
The meek will he guide in judgment:
and the meek will he teach his way.
10 All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth
unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.

-Psalm 25:1-10 (King James Version)

Spend some time with these poetic words, in this translation so you really have to think of the resonance. What questions arise for you in life?

For me there is two. The first is about our relationships in life with our faith, ourselves and others. What is the way of the Covenant?

The other though, is along the same depth. Where do we seek out wisdom in our labyrinth like journey?

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Open the windows and let the Holy Spirit blow through was the concept of the Second Vatican Council opened by St. (Pope) John XXIII. It was a moment to allow the Holy Mystery to speak, and not be constrained by our own trappings. It was a breath of fresh air, a fresh cuppa with the Holy. As we travel into the ancient stories deemed Apocrypha (though found as Canon in various Churches Bibles) it is that new Holy Breath we are seeking.

In a standard Protestant Bible (66 books), the Psalms number 150, and when you open to Psalm 119 you are at the direct centre. The Psalms, or Psalter, are a hymnal (today a play list) it is the musical album of the story of Israel with YHWH. It is why in the sub-script there is not only noted the author, but sometimes instruments, and tunes. They are songs of praise, mourning, worship, inquiry and exploration. They show the gambit of human emotions, and aid in understanding one’s faith journey. The same pattern was observed with church hymnals, bringing lessons and beliefs into song to make it easier to understand and to learn, to live. We have lost the gambit of emotions presented as we constantly try to present a “happy” faith. Faith is about the why of life, and in the why we are created emotional beings, and that needs to be apart of our holy playlist.

Psalm 151 would be called a “remix” as the Dead Sea Scrolls show it is a truncation and smooshing of two Psalms and pieces of the story of David versus Goliath from 1 Samuel.  It is accredited to David, which is not unheard of even for Psalms not written by the boy-shepherd King:

I was small among my brothers,

and the youngest in my father’s house;

I tended my father’s sheep.

2 My hands made a harp;

my fingers fashioned a lyre.

3 And who will tell my Lord?

The Lord himself; it is he who hears.b

4 It was he who sent his messengerc

and took me from my father’s sheep,

and anointed me with his anointing oil.

5 My brothers were handsome and tall,

but the Lord was not pleased with them.

6 I went out to meet the Philistine,d

and he cursed me by his idols.

7 But I drew his own sword;

I beheaded him, and took away disgrace from the people of Israel.

-Psalm 151 (New Revised Standard Version)

The Psalmist writes of a young man overcoming his fears. The internal soundtrack of less than to step into his glory. To slay the greatest obstacle before him. To show that he had become who he was truly meant to be.

Have you had a moment like this in your own life?

What Goliath do you or have you slayed to come into your own being?

Reflecting on a Liturgical rhythm of Church services, what songs would you use?

Welcome song- coming into the presence of the Holy Mystery in you, through you and with you.

2-3 songs of Coming into Knowing/worshipping life of wholeness with God

Anthem (A song reflection of theological learning of the day)

Offering Song that lays out what you are to give to make a better world.

Benediction Song that lays out the going forth to make a better world and respond to soul lessons.

Are you ready to be you?

“You want to know the problem with going somewhere no one’s ever been? It takes so damned long to get there.”

-Dayton Ward’s (2015) Star Trek: The Next Generation Armageddon’s Arrow p.29

The mysterious quill behind Hebrews continues drawing the hearers to their old stories. Having moved through angels and some patriarchs, they now touch upon Moses in the Jesus comparisons. How does this fit with the Ancient Alien Theology lens we are bringing to this? Surely there is nothing within the Moses story? Hmmm… Let’s think. Ancient pantheon of gods that were easily seen as aliens (just watch any Stargate show or movie), the concept of the Elohim being the alien race that had attached to the Hebrew people, the material creators of the human race (Haze, 2018, p. 98). An extra-terrestrial conflict brought to Earth, to save those who had been loyal to the Elohim, and now currently imprisoned by another alien species that used them as slave labour. Moses being in contact with the Elohim, the idea that being upon Mount Sinai and the crashing thunder and lights were a spaceship (Haze p.112-113). That it is this glory that was revealed to Moses illuminating (burning) his face, much akin to the transfiguration we see mirrored in the Canonical Gospels of Jesus in the Christian Testament.

Haze will go on to point out the communication devices that Moses used during the Exodus and how he always spoke separated from the people- perhaps a safety measure?

 Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest. He was faithful to the one who appointed him, just as Moses was faithful in all God’s house. Jesus has been found worthy of greater honor than Moses, just as the builder of a house has greater honor than the house itself. For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything. “Moses was faithful as a servant in all God’s house,”[a] bearing witness to what would be spoken by God in the future. But Christ is faithful as the Son over God’s house. And we are his house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory.

-Epistle of Hebrews 3:1-6 (New International Version)

Reminding the people that Moses had led them out of slavery in Egypt, but had faltered in faith and as such could not lead them into the Promised Land. Moses needed to take safety measures to interact with the Elohim that is a tent of communication, being in the crevice of rocks, not facing the Glory of God directly. While it has been reported, Jesus of Nazareth has been within the Glory unprotected, and speaks directly. Pointing out and lending credence that Jesus was both – wholly human-wholly Elohim (alien).

So, as the Holy Spirit says:

“Today, if you hear his voice,
    do not harden your hearts
as you did in the rebellion,
during the time of testing in the wilderness,
where your ancestors tested and tried me,
though for forty years they saw what I did.
10 That is why I was angry with that generation;
I said, ‘Their hearts are always going astray,
and they have not known my ways.’
11 So I declared on oath in my anger,
‘They shall never enter my rest.’ ”[b]

12 See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. 13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. 14 We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end.15 As has just been said:

“Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts
as you did in the rebellion.”[c]

16 Who were they who heard and rebelled? Were they not all those Moses led out of Egypt? 17 And with whom was he angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies perished in the wilderness?18 And to whom did God swear that they would never enter his rest if not to those who disobeyed? 19 So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief.

-Epistle of Hebrews 3:12-19 (New International Version)

Jerusalem at this time, as noted in my posts Epistle of Strawolution; is a city in flux. For a time, Rome was held at bay as the Judaic rulers-religious had seized control. The time was coming for a fiery end of the rebellion, for no Empire could let the David beat Goliath. In the midst of this change, those that were not fully within the “orthodox” religion knew they would be the first of those used as cannon fodder. It is words of reminder for those thinking of surrendering their new path of metaphysical-transcendent love of God, Self, and Neighbour and turning back that the mystery writer is tapping in to.

Reminding them of the ancient stories, when the alien messengers-creators walked with them and still the people whined (rebelled is such a strong word for those that whined to go back to slavery). It was the shift of change, it would be a change for the good, but the grief was inconsolable as these refugees from the Egyptian dynasty wandered the wilderness for 40 years- a Hebrew Generation. Why so long? Like the old adage of Peace in the Middle East or Ireland, a generation raised away from the hatred, war and anger and able to return with a fresh start for a new country is what was being proposed in the journey of the Wilderness.

It left open that who entered the Promised Land would only know about the transition phase lived, they would only know the stories of bondage in Egypt. It was a step away from the conflict and the anger of the journey for a new beginning.

And what was entry into the Promised Land, but true Sabbath…

Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us fear lest any of you should seem to have failed to reach it. For good news came to us just as to them, but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened.[a] For we who have believed enter that rest, as he has said,

“As I swore in my wrath,
‘They shall not enter my rest,’”

although his works were finished from the foundation of the world. For he has somewhere spoken of the seventh day in this way: “And God rested on the seventh day from all his works.” And again in this passage he said,

“They shall not enter my rest.”

Since therefore it remains for some to enter it, and those who formerly received the good news failed to enter because of disobedience, again he appoints a certain day, “Today,” saying through David so long afterward, in the words already quoted,

“Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts.”

For if Joshua had given them rest, God[b] would not have spoken of another day later on. So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, 10 for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his.

11 Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience. 12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13 And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

-Epistle of Hebrews 4:1-13 (English Standard Version)

Exposure. It is a scary concept. It is what happens when we rest. Our true selves begin to emerge, as we allow the sludge of life to slip away. Our dreams can bubble through the sub-conscious to the conscious. It is intriguing to view this concept of resting with the Creator through an Ancient Alien Theology for it shifts understanding. Yes it references to fighters- David and Joshua- both who likely used Alien technology to accomplish their feats, but speaks of a day of rest.

Is it the rest that happens with peace? Not just peace within ourselves, but as there is allusion to the life and teachings of Jesus as encouragement- peace between species and interplanetary?

What would galactic, local, and inner peace be to you?

What facets of self-need to become whole?

It has been exploding repeatedly in time memorial. The #MeToo should bring even the most heartless to tears, as we see the horror we have wrecked over generations by teaching silence or the blame culture. For our young and old, not realizing that their voice matters. We saw the crumbling truly start when Spotlight finally gave voice to the abuse by Priests; TRC in Canada and Ireland added to where monsters hide and prey; Graham James showed us the dark side of sport; and now Harvey Weinstein in Hollywood.

I wish I could say these surprises, saddens yes, surprises no. It is one of the realities of pain that strips hope away from a person without belonging that I have strived so long to aid through their own strengths in rebuilding. They succeed in their choice whether that is a new life path after speaking their truth, or in choosing to end their life and the funeral I preside over.  Real life intersects with our cultural story no matter how troubling. This is what I have always brought to my writing, the pulpit or the classroom. Whether as a teacher or a student.

I am a classically trained theologian who has never truly accepted the canonical answers to biblical stories. More than likely because I am also a story teller so I truly love metaphor, imagery and character, how one story can be used to show so many truths, how what is left out can be as compelling as what makes it in.  Which brings us to a troubling story of horror and rape that has been, for lack of a better term, white washed with what is comfortable: David and Bathsheba.

The standard take is one of adultery, where Bathsheba’s beauty so drove King David into a sexual frenzy he could not control himself. Is the narrative sounding familiar?

There are 3 things I want to pull out of this:

  • A cultural narrative of victim blaming.
  • A cultural narrative of cover up
  • What needs to change

All can be found within the text. Sadly, very few probably have heard it in their lectionary readings on Sunday morning preached this way (or when it comes up, another passage is simply chosen that is easier).

The Passage 2 Samuel 11:

     In the spring of the year,[a] when kings normally go out to war, David sent Joab and the Israelite army to fight the Ammonites. They destroyed the Ammonite army and laid siege to the city of Rabbah. However, David stayed behind in Jerusalem.

Late one afternoon, after his midday rest, David got out of bed and was walking on the roof of the palace. As he looked out over the city, he noticed a woman of unusual beauty taking a bath. He sent someone to find out who she was, and he was told, “She is Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite.” Then David sent messengers to get her; and when she came to the palace, he slept with her. She had just completed the purification rites after having her menstrual period. Then she returned home. Later, when Bathsheba discovered that she was pregnant, she sent David a message, saying, “I’m pregnant.”

Then David sent word to Joab: “Send me Uriah the Hittite.” So Joab sent him to David. When Uriah arrived, David asked him how Joab and the army were getting along and how the war was progressing.Then he told Uriah, “Go on home and relax.[b]” David even sent a gift to Uriah after he had left the palace. But Uriah didn’t go home. He slept that night at the palace entrance with the king’s palace guard.

10 When David heard that Uriah had not gone home, he summoned him and asked, “What’s the matter? Why didn’t you go home last night after being away for so long?”

11 Uriah replied, “The Ark and the armies of Israel and Judah are living in tents,[c] and Joab and my master’s men are camping in the open fields. How could I go home to wine and dine and sleep with my wife? I swear that I would never do such a thing.”

12 “Well, stay here today,” David told him, “and tomorrow you may return to the army.” So Uriah stayed in Jerusalem that day and the next. 13 Then David invited him to dinner and got him drunk. But even then he couldn’t get Uriah to go home to his wife. Again he slept at the palace entrance with the king’s palace guard.

David Arranges for Uriah’s Death

14 So the next morning David wrote a letter to Joab and gave it to Uriah to deliver. 15 The letter instructed Joab, “Station Uriah on the front lines where the battle is fiercest. Then pull back so that he will be killed.” 16 So Joab assigned Uriah to a spot close to the city wall where he knew the enemy’s strongest men were fighting. 17 And when the enemy soldiers came out of the city to fight, Uriah the Hittite was killed along with several other Israelite soldiers.

18 Then Joab sent a battle report to David. 19 He told his messenger, “Report all the news of the battle to the king. 20 But he might get angry and ask, ‘Why did the troops go so close to the city? Didn’t they know there would be shooting from the walls? 21 Wasn’t Abimelech son of Gideon[d] killed at Thebez by a woman who threw a millstone down on him from the wall? Why would you get so close to the wall?’ Then tell him, ‘Uriah the Hittite was killed, too.’”

22 So the messenger went to Jerusalem and gave a complete report to David. 23 “The enemy came out against us in the open fields,” he said. “And as we chased them back to the city gate, 24 the archers on the wall shot arrows at us. Some of the king’s men were killed, including Uriah the Hittite.”

25 “Well, tell Joab not to be discouraged,” David said. “The sword devours this one today and that one tomorrow! Fight harder next time, and conquer the city!”

26 When Uriah’s wife heard that her husband was dead, she mourned for him. 27 When the period of mourning was over, David sent for her and brought her to the palace, and she became one of his wives. Then she gave birth to a son. But the Lord was displeased with what David had done.

(New Living Translation)

            What is the story?

Essentially a horny ruler goes up to his roof top to masturbate. Back in this period baths were on the roofs, he knew what he was doing, at the very least he is a peeping tom voyeur, at worst a sexual predator—oh wait—he then sent for the object of his masturbation to RAPE. Check-sexual predator.

Now others will say Bathsheba knew she was married and shouldn’t, well, one does what the King wants or one ends up dead. Bring the story into the 21st century lens, shock over takes the system, the victim is not to blame when soldiers show up at your door to bring you into the den of evil.

How do we know David knew he was doing wrong?

He had her husband killed to cover up.

Also, later, God herself would state due to blood being on his hands he would not get to build a glorious kingdom, and that fell to—Solomon. The only act of redemption that could come from this horror.  The blood of Uriah, the blood of the RAPE of Bathsheba.

Read the text, sit with it.

Can you see anything else in light of the #MeToo? Can you see anything different in light of the Jehovah Witness, Alliance Church, Roman Catholic sex abuse cover up? In light of Residential Schools?

That is the lens we pull the story in to. The lens that the Holy Mystery was attempting to get his children to see through the horror and the cover up. Unfortunately, pre-exile it was very much a pre-adolescent species, post exile it was a traumatized adolescent nation. How do we know of the trauma? The history of the nation was re-written post exile and is found in the books dubbed Chronicles, highly sanitized where this story is left out completely.

Why? The traumatized’s first response is disassociation. Closing out the horrible history. Not dealing with it. Lock it away. In worst scenario’s it leads to what is currently diagnosed as Dissociative Identity Disorder, historically known as Multiple Personality Disorder. What we see trickling out when locked away long enough is inter-generational trauma, and normalization of abuse patterns as actually loving and caring, as transaction for success, and blaming the victim.

The Holy Mystery inspired the writers to put in, and remove what is found in foundation legends and myths of the Hebrew Bible and Christian Testament. The story of Bathsheba was left in pre-exile, and has been used to create a culture of victim blaming for sexual abuse. Post-exile it was removed, and normalized to well 4 children came from the marriage. The mind doesn’t even realize Stockholm syndrome because these are “blessed texts” so it was God’s plan. Or was it simply the way a sexual predator works, and light needed to be shone on it?

Our history, and our present speak to a need for those who say they are spiritual, religious and/or followers of Brother Jesus to stand with the emerging voice, affirm the voice, and know that society needs to change. It has happened throughout our history.

A history where the writer of the Gospel of Matthew felt it was important that a victim be named into the genealogy of Brother Jesus, to ensure that strength was not forgotten. To ensure that we always stood with the one without voice, to allow their voice to emerge no matter how shaky so the truth can be known.

Sanitizing our history does not make things better. It allows for thousands of years of Bathsheba’s in all genders and sexualities to exist. Our history needs to be spoken with brutal honesty and truth in all its beauty and ugliness, and held in the sacrament of confession. Only then can we choose as the family of humanity to step forward in communal healing into the sacrament of reconciliation.

But it starts with those who teach, and those who learn.

Are we willing to accept the story in all its horror?

Are we willing at the end of hearing…

To choose L-I-F-E?








To choose L-I-F-E?

The Ways We Minister : Love the story, love God

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I love to tell stories — all varieties. Always have; I still have a comic book on subscription. I have been a youth leader for many years and over those years I have struggled to find ways to tell Bible stories. With my comic books as inspiration, and a Rabbi for guidance, I’ve developed a story telling method; one I find works very well, which I call the Rabinnical. I joke that God used to be a lot more visual in his teachings. That’s what he did at Jericho’s Walls. He meted out the ultimate butt kicking. Telling that story, as a dramatic tale, brings me to telling my youth about the Kingdom of God. In telling the story of David and Goliath, we argue about how a pebble could go through a giant’s head. This is the visual language of comic books. Or, how cool it would be to have aquariums to peer at fishes after Moses‘ trick with the sea. And, isn’t it funny how a feast day fell after the circumcision of all the warriors of Israel? And, did the vomit stick to Jonah after the whale puked him onto the beach? All great questions, but why were we talking about them (and in some cases getting very weird looks from elders as they choose the most awkward moments to walk by and peer in)? Because they are the story. We forget that the stories of the Bible are entertaining. As my chorus of youth tells me, we’re slow and God has to keep inventing new ways to talk to us. (Yes we are slow and occasionally just plain dumb — just look at the Golden Calf when Moses goes up the hill to get the Ten Commandments, or Peter telling God that he can’t eat what God is offering him because it is unclean.) I know I could find more traditional ways to teach the Bible. But then who likes easy — the challenge of the story is in the telling. Just like a Rabbi on the hill teaching, I sit in a church kitchen with too much pop and really great food talking about why we circumcise, will pharaoh ever get smarter, and were all the plagues cumulative or did they vanish after each one. My love of story grew out of my love of comic books (Superman, Captain America and Spiderman). It has followed me into ministry as I teach the story I am most passionate about: God’s constant seeking of a relationship with us.

2 Samuel 11

New King James Version (NKJV)

David, Bathsheba, and Uriah

11 It happened in the spring of the year, at the time when kings go out to battle, that David sent Joab and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the people of Ammon and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem.

Then it happened one evening that David arose from his bed and walked on the roof of the king’s house. And from the roof he saw a woman bathing, and the woman was very beautiful to behold. So David sent and inquired about the woman. And someone said, “Is this not Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?” Then David sent messengers, and took her; and she came to him, and he lay with her, for she was cleansed from her impurity; and she returned to her house. And the woman conceived; so she sent and told David, and said, “I am with child.”

Then David sent to Joab, saying, “Send me Uriah the Hittite.” And Joab sent Uriah to David. When Uriah had come to him, David asked how Joab was doing, and how the people were doing, and how the war prospered. And David said to Uriah, “Go down to your house and wash your feet.” So Uriah departed from the king’s house, and a gift of food from the king followed him. But Uriah slept at the door of the king’s house with all the servants of his lord, and did not go down to his house. 10 So when they told David, saying, “Uriah did not go down to his house,” David said to Uriah, “Did you not come from a journey? Why did you not go down to your house?”

11 And Uriah said to David, “The ark and Israel and Judah are dwelling in tents, and my lord Joab and the servants of my lord are encamped in the open fields. Shall I then go to my house to eat and drink, and to lie with my wife? As you live, and as your soul lives, I will not do this thing.”

12 Then David said to Uriah, “Wait here today also, and tomorrow I will let you depart.” So Uriah remained in Jerusalem that day and the next. 13 Now when David called him, he ate and drank before him; and he made him drunk. And at evening he went out to lie on his bed with the servants of his lord, but he did not go down to his house.

14 In the morning it happened that David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it by the hand of Uriah. 15 And he wrote in the letter, saying, “Set Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retreat from him, that he may be struck down and die.” 16 So it was, while Joab besieged the city, that he assigned Uriah to a place where he knew there were valiant men. 17 Then the men of the city came out and fought with Joab. And some of the people of the servants of David fell; and Uriah the Hittite died also.

18 Then Joab sent and told David all the things concerning the war, 19 and charged the messenger, saying, “When you have finished telling the matters of the war to the king, 20 if it happens that the king’s wrath rises, and he says to you: ‘Why did you approach so near to the city when you fought? Did you not know that they would shoot from the wall? 21 Who struck Abimelech the son of Jerubbesheth?[a] Was it not a woman who cast a piece of a millstone on him from the wall, so that he died in Thebez? Why did you go near the wall?’—then you shall say, ‘Your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead also.’”

22 So the messenger went, and came and told David all that Joab had sent by him. 23 And the messenger said to David, “Surely the men prevailed against us and came out to us in the field; then we drove them back as far as the entrance of the gate. 24 The archers shot from the wall at your servants; and some of the king’s servants are dead, and your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead also.”

25 Then David said to the messenger, “Thus you shall say to Joab: ‘Do not let this thing displease you, for the sword devours one as well as another. Strengthen your attack against the city, and overthrow it.’ So encourage him.”

26 When the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband was dead, she mourned for her husband. 27 And when her mourning was over, David sent and brought her to his house, and she became his wife and bore him a son. But the thing that David had done displeased the Lord.

When I learned to be a spiritual director, one exercise they gave us was to re-write stories from the Bible from each perspective of the characters involved. I found it easy to writer from the noble mindset of Uriah; from the fear of a woman being called to be raped without power in her world to argue against her ruler.

The one I found it hard to write from was that of King David. You see in my world I find it hard to relate to a misogynistic sexual deviant.

Harsh language some would say. But let’s be honest here, David knew what he was doing when he ascended to the rooftop. He knew he was going to see naked women, and he knew his position of authority. He knew that when he saw one that would arouse him sexually he would be able to have her without complaint (for is she complained she would be killed)… a textbook serial rapist (so speaketh the psychologist in me).

Then carefully plotting the murder of Uriah (the husband) when he refused to cover up the pregnancy caused by the rape. David became a murderer, and with God stating the blood on David’s hands would stop him from building the temple one has to ponder if it was because David was a warlord, or because Bathsheba was not the first this stunt had happened with?

Then what? From abuse of power; sexual abuse; murder and to the next step when Bathsheba was spiritually raped once more for under Levitical Law she was defiled and as such became the property of her rapist.

Totally without voice abused multiple times, she gives birth to a child, that dies mysteriously…some historians believe King David in a fit of anger after being confronted by the Prophet Nathan killed the baby for the first born was to be sacrificed to the Lord (a rather literal understanding of the Isaac and Abraham story).

Some would say though why did Bathsheba stay with her rapist? What options did she have? Death as a sex trade worker? Stoned by the priests? Death at her own hand? She was conditioned to understand that she was nothing more than property under the Patriarchal system, and as such if she chose any other option she would not be with God because David ruled by divine right…God anointed. She had no options as a devout Israelite but to stay for that was her role as property.

Where is the hope in this story that has survived in the Bible? A text of hate and torture for all that have endured Rape, Spiritual Abuse, political abuse and loss of child? Is it these actions that show a God of love? A holy king?




It is a story of redemption for Bathsheba for it was through her tortured life that Jesus was born into the world. It was Solomon, the second child that the line of the Messiah was started, the redemption of the devil seed David. Bathsheba named and honoured in the Genealogy of our Lord Christ Jesus in Matthew. She had no options but to survive.


Did she like it? No. Did she complain about it? How could she? She did what a good mum does, she protected her son, Solomon, so he could be the best and answer his calling from God. She did what the system of her time allowed her to do.


Do we look at this story and see adulter? No, it is rape.

Do we look at this story and say that an abused should stay with their abuser today?


Our system is different, we have more options, what we need to do is look at Bathsheba and say she did what the system allowed her to do to live and prosper.

What does our system today allow for a women (or anyone in dire straights) to escape and survive from a monster like David?

Shelters; Social Services; Child care; medical care; health care; psychological care; spiritual care; safe houses…

If you know of a Bathsheba in your life, PLEASE help her to realize there is a better choice than enduring, that system is no longer valid.

1885 was the Battle of Batoche, or the second Metis Rebellion led by Louis Riel, the MP for Winnipeg in Abstentia, recently returned from an American Asylum, firmly believing he was the new David, the Messiah of God‘s new chosen children, the Metis.

Riel recruited Gabriel Dumont See full size image as his military leader.  The Batoche rebellion was different, for one they lost, for the next, where women in the first were not active participants, the whole Metis community and several Aboriginal Nations joined the rebellion, women participated as warriors, prayer support, and doctors.The unfortunate part, was the rail road, the North West Mounted Police, and the invention and use of the gattling Gun.  Dumont fought on the belief that all are created equal, and that all humanity deserves the opportunity to be declared a human being.

It would take until the 1930’s for the Canadian Government to finally ascend to this belief and declare Metis full humans, and full citizens of Canada.  Dumont was a visionary on this front.