5. Bathsheba has a conversation with Uriah in which she realizes that like her father, Uriah expects her to blindly obey the men in authority over her. How does this attitude contribute to her future temptation? Have you ever faced a situation where you were expected to obey without thinking, without considering the consequences or whether the thing was right or wrong?
6. Uriah is protective of Bathsheba because she is beautiful and because he fears losing her, much as her father protected her as a child. But they carry their protection farther than she would like, making her feel stifled and imprisoned. How does over-protectiveness tend to backfire? What is it about human nature that rebels against being emotionally smothered?
7. War comes again and Bathsheba pouts about Uriah’s leaving. He confronts her about her attitude, then storms out and eventually leaves for battle without further discussion.
Is there ever a good time to walk away without resolution to a problem? How did Bathsheba’s attitude make Uriah feel? Do you think she was being selfish or just blinded by her loneliness? How would having a child have changed the dynamics of their relationship?
8. When spring came again, so did war. This time David had taken more concubines to help assuage his grief, and stayed home a second time. He is restless and moody and dissatisfied until he sees Bathsheba bathing in her courtyard.
How did he react to what he saw? Why do you think he made the decision he did rather than walk away?
9. Bathsheba obeys David’s summons, feeling trapped the minute she enters his rooms, yet drawn to his wooing her. How have her past feelings made her vulnerable for this moment? Could she have done anything different to guard her heart?
10. After only one night with the king, Bathsheba discovers she is pregnant. David handles the situation in all the wrong ways, committing some heinous sins.
What might the outcome have been had he acted more nobly? Should he have risked his throne to tell the truth? Have you ever been in a situation that you thought would be improved by lying?