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Updated: 12/22/2012 08:00:01AM

The Fabric of Our Faith: The Jesse Tree, part four

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T he focus of this Jesse Tree study is Matthew 1:6, from his genealogy of Jesus in 1:1-17. There David and an unnamed woman called “Uriah’s wife” set the stage for 2 Samuel 11, where she’s named Bathsheba. There, she shares with David the guilt of adultery and becomes an unwitting accomplice in Uriah’s murder. What a conflict with Acts 13:22. “After he made David king, God testified: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart …”

According to Samuel, in 11:1, New International Version, General Joab leads Israel’s army against the Ammonites, while King David remained in Jerusalem. Verse 11:2-5 continues, “David got out of bed and walked around the palace roof. Seeing a beautiful woman bathing, David sent a servant to learn about her. When David heard, ‘She is Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah the Hittite,’ he still sent for her. When Bathsheba knew she had conceived, she told David, ‘I am pregnant.’”

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