The devil’s successful strategy in the garden of Eden was to use the woman to accomplish his evil goals. But God promised Satan that he will use a woman’s seed for good, to overcome evil. God said, ‘I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; He [Seed of the woman] will crush your head, and you will strike His heel.’ 1
This ‘seed or offspring of the woman’ refers to Jesus the Messiah, who would free us from the bondage of the devil. He was born of a woman. God’s intention is to bless mankind through women, while the devil wants to abuse women. Women were loyal supporters of Jesus and the first to arrive on the resurrection scene.
We want to trace some Bible history to demonstrate how Satan’s efforts to use women to derail God’s program always failed. With the Noah generation the devil tried to defile their human bloodline (Was God the first feminist?). God thwarted that plan and with the wives of the Noah family the promise of Genesis 3:15 moved forward. The next steps were the promises to Abraham (Abram) and later to David.
God called Abram to leave his country and go to Canaan. The Almighty gave him a promise, ‘… all nations on earth will be blessed through you.’ 2 The only way that all nations on earth can be blessed was through the Messiah. Thus the promise to Abraham was that from his and Sarah’s offspring, the Savior would come. This was reiterated by Jacob when he blessed his son Judah: ‘…the scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until it comes to whom it belongs and the obedience of the nations is His.’ 3
The devil attempted to prevent that. He influenced Abram to twice ask Sarai to save his skin and go into the harems of two Gentile rulers. God saved Sarai in both cases. Then Satan gave Sarai the plan to give her Egyptian slave, Hagar, to ‘help’ God along with His promise of offspring to her and Abram. The devil failed again, because Abraham and Sarah eventually miraculously had their promised son, Isaac (it means laughter), after 25 years. Sarah was so blessed to experience for herself that God’s promises never fail. God gave Isaac’s son, Jacob, the name ‘Israel’ and from his 12 sons came the Israelite nation.
The next ‘link’ to the Messiah born of a woman, was David. God promised him, ‘When your days are over and you rest with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, who will come from your own body [Solomon], and I will establish his kingdom. He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of His Kingdom for ever [Jesus]. … Your house and your kingdom shall endure for ever before me; your throne will be established for ever’ 4 (it is very obvious that no man can have descendants on his throne for ever. The promise refers to the Messiah. See the Addendum for the verses about David and his ‘Son,’ the Messiah).
So the devil knew he had to concentrate on David and his offspring. How did the devil try to outsmart God? Obviously he had to watch out for a specific woman. David had quite a few wives, and according to the rules of succession, his eldest son should succeed him on the throne. In the case of David, that rule was overruled by God. Let us look at it in more detail:
David’s first wife, Michal
Michal was in love with David, they got married, and she even rescued him when her father, Saul, wanted to kill him. Still, she did not have that special love for the Lord in her heart. We see it in the idol she had, which could not have come from David. She used the idol to give the impression that David was in his bed when her father wanted to kill David. 5 Saul himself never became an ardent follower of Jesus like David.
When David brought the ark to Jerusalem, she despised him for his exuberant joy before the Lord, “When David returned home to bless his household, Michal daughter of Saul came out to meet him and said, ‘How the king of Israel had distinguished himself today, disrobing in the sight of the slave girls of his servants as any vulgar fellow would!’ 6 David said to Michal, ‘It was before the Lord, who chose me rather than your father or anyone from his house when He appointed me ruler of the Lord’s people Israel – I will celebrate before the Lord. I will become even more undignified than this and I will be humiliated in my own eyes. But by these slave girls you spoke of, I will be held in honor.’” 7
2 Samuel 6:23 says, ‘And Michal, daughter of Saul had no children to the day of her death.’ If ever there was a man insulted about his devotion to God, it was David. It might have floored the faith of an ordinary man, but not David’s. He never deviated from his faith and loyalty to God. He is an example of a man with strength of character. This effort of the devil to derail David, failed.
David’s other wives
- In time David got more wives: Ahinoam, Abigail, Maacah, Haggith and Eglah. 8 Later he took even more wives. 9
- His sons were:
- Amnon, son of David and Ahinoam of Jezreel. He was the eldest. 10
- Kileab by Abigail. 11
- Absalom was the third son. 12
- Adonijah was the fourth son by Haggith. 13
There were more sons, Shephatiah, Ithream, Shammua, Shobab, et cetera. 14
After God’s promise to David, Satan realized that God was serious that someone born of a woman would come to crush his head. So it made sense to him to use a woman again to try to floor God’s plan. He thought if he could destroy David’s testimony, even wrest the kingdom from him, he could prevent a son of David carrying on the bloodline. That explains the detail about Absalom’s conspiracy, and how David fled. Since God made the promise to David, Absalom lost his life and David regained the throne. These are the events that preceded Absalom’s rebellion:
- King David didn’t go to war with his soldiers as he should have. So he was probably bored. One evening he noticed a beautiful woman bathing herself on the roof of her house. He sent someone to find out who she was.
- Her name was Bathsheba. Her husband was Uriah, a valiant soldier, one of David’s mighty men. 15
- It was not a case that David was starved for female company. Regardless of David’s many wives, and the possibility of more if he wanted them, he had Bathsheba brought to the palace. He seduced her. In 2 Samuel 11-20 we read the sad story that she became pregnant, David had her husband killed in battle, the child died and it resulted in serious family troubles for David.
- David did not lose his faith in God despite the humbling experience. He spent his last years on the preparations to build the temple. 16 Which is why we think God said about him, ‘I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’ 17 God said this of a man who had his own loyal soldier deliberately killed in battle when he made his wife pregnant. What a God who can forgive such a grievous sin after David repented. 18
- For Bathsheba the affair must have been a humbling experience. Just think of the gossip behind her back. They probably insinuated that she bathed on the roof of her house on purpose to get the king’s attention. Yet, compared to David’s first wife, Michal, one never reads in the Bible that she led her husband astray, or tried to.
What did God do for Bathsheba?
- Before the affair David already had six sons who should get preference. He took more concubines and wives and had at least three more sons. 19 Solomon was the tenth son, so for him to become king was contrary to tradition. Yet in His mercy, God named Solomon as David’s successor. 20 Solomon said, ‘…as surely as the Lord lives – He who established me securely on the throne of my father David and has founded a dynasty for me as He promised….’ 21
- Bathsheba must have been special in king David’s life. God loved their second son, Solomon. ‘The Lord loved him [Solomon]; and because the Lord loved him, He sent word through Nathan the prophet to name him Jedidiah, ‘loved by the Lord.’ 22 God did not say that of any of David’s other children. David promised Bathsheba that Solomon would be king when he is dead. 23
- Later, after David died, Solomon treated his mother with the utmost respect, ‘When Bathsheba went to king Solomon to speak to him for Adonijah, the king stood up to meet her, bowed down to her and sat down on his throne. He had a throne brought for the king’s mother, and she sat down at his right hand’ (right hand always denotes honor, respect, like Jesus at the right hand of the Father). 24
Scripture is true, ‘There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the Lord.’ 25 The devil’s final attempt to kill off the promised seed of the woman, was with the Messiah Himself. What would that outcome be?
- Genesis 3:15
- Genesis 12:3
- Genesis 49:10 2
- Samuel 7:12-16
- 1 Samuel 19:11-16
- 2 Samuel 6:1-23
- 2 Samuel 6:20-22
- 2 Samuel 3:2-5
- 2 Samuel 5:13
- 2 Samuel 3:2
- 2 Samuel 3:3,4b, 5
- 2 Samuel 3:3
- 2 Samuel 3:4
- 2 Samuel 3:4,5; 5:14-16
- 1 Chronicles 11:26,41
- 1 Chronicles 22-29
- Acts 13:22
- Psalms 32 and 51
- 2 Samuel 5:13-16
- 2 Chronicles 6:10
- 1 Kings 2:24
- 2 Samuel 12:25
- 1 Kings 1:13,17, 20-30
- 1 Kings 2:19
- Proverbs 21:30
- The New Testament explains, ‘Brothers, I can tell you confidently that the patriarch David died and was buried, and his tomb is here to this day. But he was a prophet and knew that God had promised him on oath that He would place one of his descendants on his throne. Seeing what was ahead, he spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that He was not abandoned to the grave, nor did His body see decay….’ Acts 2:29-32
- Jesus is repeatedly called the Son of David in Scripture, ‘A record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, son of David, the son of Abraham.’ Matthew 1:1
- Jesus also verified it when He asked the Pharisees, “What do you think about the Christ? Whose son is He? ‘The Son of David,’ they replied. He said to them, ‘How is it then that David, speaking by the Spirit, calls Him, Lord?’ For he says, ‘The Lord said to my Lord: Sit at my right hand until I put your enemies under your feet.’ If then David calls Him ‘Lord,’ how can He be his son?'” Matthew 22:41-45
- There are many more verses to prove that David is the ancestor of Jesus and that God’s promise to David became true. For example, ‘A record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ son of David, the son of Abraham….’ Matthew 1:1 Luke 3:31 also mentions it. ‘…regarding His Son, who as to His human nature was a descendant of David….’ Romans 1:3 ‘Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David.’ 2 Timothy 2:8