2 Samuel 5:1-13.. 10 David became greater and greater, for the Lord God of hosts was with him.12 And David realized that the Lord had established him as king over Israel, and that He had exalted his kingdom for the sake of His people Israel.
Vv.1-5 after 7-1/2 years as king of Judah, David was anointed the king over all Israel at age 30 and served for another 33 years.
Vv.6-10 David and his troops went to Jerusalem and attack the stronghold of the Jebusites and were victorious. The key to David’s victories was the presence of the Lord God with him [v.10], for the people of Israel [v.12] and ultimately the entire world through Jesus. Over 3,000 years later Jerusalem is again recognized as the capital of Israel.
Before leaving the wilderness future kings of Israel were given specific instructions: the king shall not 1] increase his horses, 2] cause the people to return to Egypt, 3] multiply wives for himself, 4] greatly increase his wealth and 5] “he shall write for himself a copy of this law on a scroll in the presence of the Levitical priests. It shall be with him and he shall read it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the Lord his God, by carefully observing all the words of this law and these statutes,” A
Vv.11-13 David knew that the Lord had established him as king for the purpose of blessing His people Israel. However, he took more wives and concubines in addition to those he brought with him to Jerusalem. [v.13]
I believe that David had a copy of the law that he had written and read it on a regular basis. He was being guided by the Spirit of God and His Word–at that time probably Genesis through Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, and Job. He trusted the Lord explicitly, yet he directly ignored the law about wives. B
How do you explain David’s growing greater, the presence of the Lord, and the Word; and yet he disobeyed the Lord? What is the application for your life?
Notes: A- Deuteronomy 17:14-20; B- Henry M. Morris III said “There are many polygamous marriages recorded in Scripture, but none meet the standard set by God at creation. None are happy marriages. There are many out-of-wedlock affairs and pregnancies recorded in the Bible. Not one works out well. God may, in mercy, use the people involved to accomplish His plans, but the circumstances are always more difficult than they might have been had the choice been to trust God and to stick with His standards.
God’s design for those who bear His image is always good. Whenever those standards are violated—even when the social milieu in which we may find ourselves looks with disdain on those standards— those who through rationalization, indifference, or open rebellion break out of God’s design will discover that serious consequences are the result.” page 491, The Book of Beginnings. To order click here.
Henry Luke 6/18//2018
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