... Jerusalem ... 22 Just as the new earth and the new heavens will endure by my power, so your descendants and your name will endure ... Isaiah 66 (GNT), 18 ... Jerusalem will be rebuilt, and its PALACE restored. Jeremiah 30:18 (GNT)

29
March
2012

David and Saul: father and son's reconciliation! - King David

King David
After the death of King Saul and his three sons during a battle with the Philistines - 1 Samuel 31 - there was war for a long time between the House of David and the House of Saul, 2 Samuel 3:1. Though he was very sad when he heard of Saul and Jonathan's death - he took up a song of lament concerning Saul and Jonathan and he ordered that it would be taught to the people of Judah, 2 Samuel 1 - and he sent messengers with a well meant message to the people of Jabesh Gelead who buried Saul, 2 Samuel 2:4-7. Much later David himself gave Saul and Jonathan a proper burial, 2 Samuel 21:12-14.

During the course of his life, David kept his promises made to Jonathan and Saul, 1 Samuel 20:15-17 and 24:21-23. He didn't kill their descendants regardless of how they treated him. People like Mefiboseth Jontathan's son - 2 Samuel 4:4-5 and 16:1-4 - and Shimei a member of the same clan as Saul's family mentioned in 2 Samuel 16:5-14, 1 Kings 2:8-10 and 2:36-46. Ish-Bosheth Saul's forth son whom Abner the commander of Saul's army made king after Saul's death - 2 Samuel 2:8-10 - didn't die at David's hand. As for other descendants of Saul, some did receive punishment as a result of Saul's wrong doings in the past concerning the people of Gibeah, the Gebeonites whom the Israelites had sworn to spare but were nearly annihilated by King Saul, 2 Samuel 21:1-14, Exodus 21:12-14. So, crimes committed by a king, even though he and part of his household is death, his descendants are still responsible and they have to answer for them!

David reigned first from Hebron over the tribe of Judah that remained loyal to him and anointed him their king, 1 Samuel 2:1-4. Abner was trying to make a pact between King David and Ish-Bosheth, was murdered by one of David's man without David having any part in it while Abner's death made David very sad, 1 Samuel 3:6-39. Later Ish-Bosheth was also murdered by others, his murderers were punished by David. 2 Samuel 4. The leaders of Israel - already wanted David as their king, 2 Samuel 3:17-18 - came to see King David and asked him to become king over Israel, 2 Samuel 5:1-5,

1 All the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron and said, “We are your own flesh and blood. 2 In the past, while Saul was king over us, you were the one who led Israel on their military campaigns. And the LORD said to you, ‘You will shepherd my people Israel, and you will become their ruler.’”

3 When all the elders of Israel had come to King David at Hebron, the king made a covenant with them at Hebron before the LORD, and they anointed David king over Israel.

4 David was thirty years old when he became king, and he reigned forty years. 5 In Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months, and in Jerusalem he reigned over all Israel and Judah thirty-three years.

After David became the king of Israel he conquered Jerusalem and made Jerusalem the capital city of Israel. Under King David's leadership Judah and Israel were reunited to one kingdom, the Kingdom of Israel.

So, against all odds finally God the Almighty Father put David as king of Israel in place, and the friendship between Saul and David - their reconciliation included - did serve his purpose. These two man did set an example for others. By God's wisdom he made David on his way to become the king of Israel and as the King of Israel a blessing to the Israeli and the departing king.

God bless you,

 

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