This past Sunday I preached a message entitled “God Redeems our Darkness and Shame” We looked at the story of David and Bathsheba. This story of adultery and sin is familiar to most. What we don’t talk about in this familiar story is Bathsheba. She was the victim of the king’s sexual assault. He was the king, he took whatever he wanted. Subsequently, she gets pregnant, her husband is killed by the king, the king marries her, they baby dies shortly after he is born, and she gets pregnant again with another baby. This second baby is Solomon. He would later go on to be the king after his father David. God used Solomon to build the Temple in Jerusalem. God used Solomon to write several books in the Old Testament (Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, and Proverbs).
Proverbs 31 is one of the most well-known chapters in the book. These verses paint a picture of a godly woman. Over the centuries, these verses have encouraged millions of women as they serve the Lord. We often overlook verse 1 of this chapter. Solomon tells us that his mother taught him these things. Yes! Bathsheba taught Solomon what it means to be a godly woman! Through the generations, God has encouraged countless women with the words from Bathsheba!! That is redemption! In verses 8 and 9 she tells Solomon to speak up for the voiceless! Bathsheba was once without a voice. God redeems, God makes all things new, God has given her a voice. God is asking us to speak up for the voiceless as well. Will you join in this? Will you speak up for the victims?