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My point, from which I may have strayed a bit, since it's way past bedtime (by reason of another whole story you have no idea about, even if I say I was making something and it took longer than I thought and DH is asleep in the recliner) is that David could have been trying not to notice her for months before the recorded stroll on his balcony. He could have had such a fascination with her that she is why he stayed home from war. (Not defending him; he was absolutely wrong to no do what he was supposed to.) But also, think of all the poetry he wrote and the music; he was clearly an artistic soul, so that even if he did turn bloodthirsty sometimes, I dare say he felt a desperate need to pull back from battle every now and then, just because it was ugly and he was designed to appreciate beauty. We don't know, because it's not recorded, but it might be so. I often think the Bible is purposely vague so that we are more likely to see ourselves in it. For example, it never mentions what Paul's thorn was, so no matter what is a thorn in our own side, we can imagine that it might have been shared by Paul and take heart.
Sorry if I'm a little incoherent. I'll sleep and try again later. ;)
I love how she points out that Bathsheba is only named once in this story. Otherwise she's referred to as 'her' or 'Uriah's wife.' David, by how he treats her, dehumanizes her. She is righteously following the law by purifying herself and he is supposed to be off with the troops but is giving into his lusts instead.
It's from a podcast called Knowing Faith that is from some of the smartest Bible teachers I know. Written by people who are in the trenches every day teaching at their churches. The podcast aims to teach theology to regular people by drawing them deeper.