Fourth Sunday of Advent

December 23, 2018 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church
311 Blue Grass Trail
Newport, VA
Morris Fleischer

The genealogy of Jesus found in Matthew 1 only refers to her as the “wife of Uriah.”  But this woman, the fourth in Jesus’ genealogy has a familiar name, Bathsheba.  What, then, might Bathsheba’s inclusion in Jesus’ lineage mean for us?  Join us as we explore this question in our message, Bathsheba: The King & I (2 Samuel 11:1-5, 14-17, 26-27).  Our worship series for the seasons of Advent and Christmas, Underdogs & Outsiders, continues.

2 Samuel 11:1-5, 14-17, 26-27 (NRSV)

1In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle, David sent Joab with his officers and all Israel with him; they ravaged the Ammonites, and besieged Rabbah.  But David remained at Jerusalem.  2It happened, late one afternoon, when David rose from his couch and was walking about on the roof of the king’s house, that he saw from the roof a woman bathing; the woman was very beautiful.  3David sent someone to inquire about the woman.  It was reported, “This is Bathsheba daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite.”  4So David sent messengers to get her, and she came to him, and he lay with her.  (Now she was purifying herself after her period.)  Then she returned to her house.  5The woman conceived; and she sent and told David, “I am pregnant.”

14In the morning David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it by the hand of Uriah.  15In the letter he wrote, “Set Uriah in the forefront of the hardest fighting, and then draw back from him, so that he may be struck down and die.”  16As Joab was besieging the city, he assigned Uriah to the place where he knew there were valiant warriors.  17The men of the city came out and fought with Joab; and some of the servants of David among the people fell.  Uriah the Hittite was killed as well. 2 6When the wife of Uriah heard that her husband was dead, she made lamentation for him.  27When the 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….

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