2 Samuel 5 Commentary
David becomes king over Israel. The chapter records two critical battles with the Philistines which David wins. The capture of Jerusalem and its subsequent occupation is important as Jerusalem becomes the city of the King. The King of Tyre sends materials and labor towards the building of David’s palace. We are off to a good start!
These victories and the goodwill must be seen from within the context of the history-long blessing. The LORD gave this same land to Abraham and his descendants. After several hundreds of years, Israel is still fighting to establish herself. The instruction to ‘go and possess’ is miles way off.
It should be strange that we are celebrating David’s conquest of Jerusalem. At what point was this city repossessed by the Jebusites? We know Joshua had conquered and ‘totally destroyed’ everything there. And Israel occupied it. Victor, victim; victim, victor. This cycle would go on and on, endlessly.
They will fall by the sword and will be taken as prisoners to all the nations. Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled – The LORD Jesus Christ, in Luke 21 verse 24.
The seesaw story of Jerusalem is very interesting. It represented Israel as a settled nation in the land of promise. It also represented Israel as a nation under bondage – Remember the blessing of Issachar.
In the meantime, we can sit back and bask in the victories. We have a resemblance of normality here for Israel. Their oppressors are defeated on two critical occasions. The power of the throne is the power of the nation.
He must not take many wives, or his heart will be led astray. He must not accumulate large amounts of silver and gold. Deuteronomy 17 verse 17.
David takes more wives. He should be in breach of the above law! For now, all is well but we shall see how this spirit would go on and multiply itself in his son Solomon.
We shall also read about rape, murder, and mutiny within the family. Marrying many women wasn’t part of the script. David is many things to look up to but not as a model parent.
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