Archive for September 12th, 2012

2 Samuel 21

2 Samuel 21 has the kingdom of David in a famine.  Not just a little famine but three years in a row.  Things are getting a little rough.  David goes to the Lord to seek what the issue is that is causing this situation.  The problem was that Saul had not kept his promise regarding the Gibeonites.  “The people of Israel had sworn to spare them” but Saul struck them down.  God is punishing the people for Saul’s failure to obey.  David then asks “and how shall I make atonement that you may bless the heritage of the Lord”?

David seeks an answer on how to make things right.  God sends him to the people of Gibeah to make things right.  They asked for seven sons of Saul to be hanged “the seven of them perished together”.  It is a stiff penalty for violating the agreement that had been in place.  It gets a little weird in that David “brought up from there the bones of Saul and the bones of his son Jonathan; and they gathered the bones of those who were hanged.  And they buried the bones of Saul and his son Jonathan in the land of Benjamin”.

So David answered the request of the Gibeonites and had seven of Saul’s sons hanged, and then buried their bones along with the bones of Saul and Jonathan “in a tomb of Kish his father”.  Once done, “God responded to the plea for the land”.  So what is the lesson here?  Obedience is rather important when one makes a promise.  And restitution can cost a lot.

David was under attack by the Philistines.  He has defeated them numerous times in his career, but they keep coming back like a bad dream.  Scripture tells us this important detail.  “David grew weary” as he was fighting against them, and one of his guys, Abishai, came to his rescue.  But at this point David’s men said “You shall no longer go out with us to battle, lest you quench the lamp of Israel”.  David had grown old and was no longer able to keep up on the battlefield.  So in their wisdom, his team asked him to remain back at the ranch rather than going into battle with them.  Big step to take – to hand off that important task to others.  But David complies and the chapter ends with a number of other battles with the Philistines where other members of his army were the stars.  Transition is difficult, but very important.  There will also need to be a passing of the torch.  David waits a bit too long to do so, but he finally is guided there and does make it happen before it is too late.

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