Sunday, December 23, 2018

Women of Advent - Bathsheba

This is the fourth and last Sunday of Advent,
and Bathsheba is the fourth and last Old Testament woman named 
in the genealogy of Jesus according to Matthew 1:1-17.

The story of Bathsheba is told in the second Book of Samuel.

The first king of Israel was Saul; the second was David.

King David
16th century sculpture by Nicolas Cordier
Borghese Chapel of Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
Wikicommons



One afternoon, King David was walking on the roof terrace of his palace
when he saw a beautiful woman bathing at a house below.
He learned that this woman was Bathsheba,
 the wife of Uriah, a high-ranking soldier who was away fighting a war.

Bathsheba -  Women of Advent
Pastel pencil - 10X8


David was in lust with Bathsheba,
so he sent for her, and he slept with her.

A few months later, Bathsheba dispatched a message to David
informing him that she was pregnant.  
David hoped the child might be passed off as Uriah’s,
 so he summoned Uriah from the battlefront.

David encouraged Uriah to go home to spend time with his wife,
but he refused and returned to fight.

To conceal the sin of adultery,
David had Uriah killed in battle.

After a suitable mourning period, David married Bathsheba.

Bathsheba - Women of Advent
Acrylic ink w-pastel pencil / 7X5


   David’s actions so displeased God, however,
that their child died a few days after he was born.

Soon, Bathsheba gave birth to a second child named Solomon.
Although David had elder surviving sons by his other wives,
Bathsheba ensured that Solomon
was crowned the third king of Israel.

Solomon was gifted with unsurpassed wisdom.
Unfortunately, he squandered it,
but that is another story.


. . . . . . . 

This is the end of the short series. 

Finding  the Women of Advent course,
 an art and Bible study taught by Sheila Atchley,
 was perfectly timed.

It was a great way to slow down and step away from the consumerism
that surrounds the Christmas holiday, 
and to focus on what Christmas means to me.

I hope you make time to step away 
and focus on what this joyous season means to you.

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

See you next year.




47 comments:

  1. Good work and Merry Christmas!!
    ;)

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  2. I wonder how Bathsheba felt about all of this. Was she happy about David seeing her or was she afraid?

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  3. Chris-this work is incredible. So lovely and heartfelt.

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  4. Another lovely post.
    Your words, photographs and art-work are wonderful.
    I have so enjoyed this short series.

    Merry Christmas wishes to you and yours.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thank you so much, Jan.
      Merry Christmas to you and Eddie and your family :)

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  5. You've portrayed her the way I imagine her, Chris. Very nicely done. It's a dramatic story.

    On to happier things, I hope you, Tim and your family have a wonderful Christmas!

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    1. Thank you, Candy. Merry Christmas to you and your two guys!

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  6. Thank you so much Chris for this wonderful series and the drawings that accompanied it. You are very talented and I appreciate the time and effort it took you to do these four posts. Thanx.

    Wishing you a blessed Christmas filled with Hope Joy and Peace.

    God bless.

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    1. Thank you so much, Victor.
      Merry Christmas to you and your family - abundant blessings :)

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  7. Beautiful Bathsheba! Merry Christmas Chris.

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  8. Your "Women of Advent" were truly beautiful, my friend. Thank you for sharing your amazing talent with us and please know that I LOVE looking at your art work. You have a gift, dear one.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours. Hugs!

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    1. Thank you so much, Stephanie. I'm glad you enjoyed it.
      Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

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  9. Thanks for your stories Chris, I wish you and yours an outstanding Christmas full of love and a New Year 2019 Happy and Memorable! A big hug😘👋🎄🥂❄️🎁⛄️

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    1. Thank you, Helen. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy creative new year. Big hug back to you!!

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  10. Hello Chris,
    What a wonderful paints. So very nice and well done!!
    I wish you a wonderful Christmas.

    Greetings, Marco

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    1. Thank you so much, Marco.
      Wishing you and your family very happy Christmas season!

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  11. Enjoyed the stories Chris and your wonderful paintings! Hope you have a happy peaceful Christmas!!

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    1. Thank you, Karen. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas, my friend!

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  12. We became friends just in time for me to be able to enjoy these wonderful stories and your beautiful renditions of these women. I pray you have a truly blessed Christmas and that 2019 will be your best year yet!

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    1. Thank you so much, Debby. I feel the same way :)
      Trusting that you and your family will be abundantly blessed in the upcoming year! Merry Christmas :)

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  13. I hope that your Christmas would be enjoyable and may the essence of Christmas remain always with you. Merry Christmas .
    Ryoma.

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    1. Many thanks for the Christmas blessing, Ryoma.
      May you be blessed and joyful on Christmas day and beyond :)
      Chris

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  14. Chris, this has been a beautiful series.. the art and the writings. Thank you and I wish you the most blessed and Merry Christmas.
    your friend.
    Barbra Joan

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    1. Thank you, Barbra Joan.
      Trusting you, my friend, will be blessed abundantly this Christmas and beyond :)
      Hugs

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  15. A beautiful and very moving series, Chris! And beautiful artwork!
    Merry Christmas!

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  16. wowo! enjoyed this story so much! I think Solomon was the same king with that famous 'this too shall pass' ring of his. Lovely artworks!

    Merry Christmas :)

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  17. Dear Chris, thank you very much for the lovely post and wonderful drawings. Enjoy your safe and happy holiday season. Best wishes, Sadami

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    1. Thank you, Sadami. Wishing you a healthy, happy Christmas season and new year :)
      Chris

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    2. Hi, Chris, I hope you will enjoy creating art work lots and lots in 2019! Best wishes,ʚ(ˆ◡ˆ)ɞSadami

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  18. my warmest Christmas greetings Chris :)
    be happy, do love
    Nat

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  19. I love all of your amazing Advent Ladies. Great style of drawing! Wonderful idea to imagine the extraordinary women and to draw them.
    Wish you all the best for the New Year and hope you have had a wonderful Christmastime.
    Hugs
    Sabine

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  20. Very interesting now to read me through your gorgeous post! You have drawn Bathsheba in two wonderful pictures, the pastel drawing is my favorite today!
    A little late but coming from my heart - merry, merry Christmas, and wishing you a very happy new year full of creativity :)
    Warmest regards, Rike

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  21. very nice drawings of Bathsheba :

    see this story is a good example of why I never believed in God as a kid, why punish Bathsheba's kid for something the father did? never made sense to me, not the just born kids fault his father is as dick

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  22. I had a Christmas without PC, so I see your again so fantastic women portraits today, a little later. The second profile is really beautiful! Yes, you are absolutely right to dedicate yourself to art at this time! I'm looking forward to a new creative year with you! Have a good start, dear Chris.
    Ulrike

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  23. What a story, and you make it come to life in a remarkable way in a few words.
    Bathsheba looks very modern and alive, and you have made her beautiful. What a remarkable skill you have.

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  24. Wishing you all the best for 2019 and beyond.

    God bless.

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  25. It was a fabulous series and I thank you for the pleasure it gave me.
    Looking forward to seeing what your creative spirit and magic tools bring in 2019.
    To you and those you love, I wish all good things in 2019.

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  26. Hi Chris - well I was just about to comment when I saw (and agree) what Sheila77 said and I couldn't have put that any better... absolutely remarkable!
    I hope you and your family had a lovely Christmas and wishing you all the very best for 2019.
    Gill xx

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  27. Chris - what a truly lovely series. Your drawings are so beautiful. Thank you for helping me to step away from all the hustle and bustle and give thought to what is truly important. Hope your New Year is a blessed one friend. Hugs!

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  28. interesting brief story of king David.
    have a great day

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