Render Honor to Caesar
She was the wife of the king and could have demanded that he carry out the promise he had made to her. Instead, Bath-sheba and the prophet Nathan carefully planned a respectful appeal. “Bath-sheba went in unto the king . . . . And Bath-sheba bowed, and did obeisance [paid homage] unto the king. . . . And she said unto him, My lord, thou swarest by the Lord thy God unto thine handmaid, saying, Assuredly Solomon thy son shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne. And now, behold, Adonijah reigneth; and now, my Lord the king, thou knowest it not . . . . And thou, my lord, O king, the eyes of all Israel are upon thee, that thou shouldest tell them who shall sit on the throne of my lord the king after him” (I Kings 1:15–20). As a result of this wise and respectful appeal, David acted swiftly to fulfill the promise he had made to Bath-sheba.
We are to “fear God and honor the king.” Honor is inwardly deciding to place a high value on a person and outwardly expressing it.