Blog thru the Bible: 2 SAMUEL #3

Reading the second book of Samuel you find that David, arguably the greatest “Warrior King” of all time; brings the tribes of Israel and Judah together after the death of Saul. You read the story of Bathsheba, David’s terrible sin and the Prophet Nathan’s chilling words to the king caught in his own judgment “You are that man!” The death of their son and the birth of their second son Solomon, the taking of Jerusalem, the rape of Tamar David’s daughter, the overthrow of David’s Kingdom by his son Absalom and the tenacious loyalty of Joab, the leader of David’s armies; David’s Mighty Men, the “Thirty” and “The Three” Josheb-Baashebetn, Eleazar and Shamma.

A man after God’s own heart David, lived a tumultuous life. “The Lord hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the Lord hath commanded him to be captain over his people.” Jesus, our King, will be a descendent of David, Matt 1:1-17. The people rejected God (1 Samuel 8:7-9) for a King, so God will call his people to Himself thru a King, which will be messy, but interesting?

The “pithy” argument that Atheists claim, i.e. “If, God is all powerful how can evil exist in the world; “wouldn’t an all powerful God by his nature, if that nature is Love, vanquish all evil?” The answer, “Well, evil, being the absence of God’s fullness, then God is therefore, so powerful that He can allow evil to occur for a greater good to be achieved?  The story of David is a clear example. In 2 Samuel 7:12-16 when your days have been completed and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring after you, sprung from your loins, and I will establish his kingdom. He it is (Solomon) who shall build a house for my name, and I will establish his royal throne forever. I will be a father to him, and he shall be a son to me. If he does wrong, I will reprove him with a human rod and with human punishments; but I will not withdraw my favor from him as I withdrew it from Saul who was before you. Your house and your kingdom are firm forever before me; your throne shall be firmly established forever”.

Remember now, that David’s grandmother was a Moabite whose name was Ruth? Also, David had played the thief with Bathsheba and murdered her husband.   He was that man! The question of good and evil, how does it play out? Oswald chambers wrote: When God wants to create so great and so bold a man, that all, the world shall be amazed; watch God’s methods and watch God’s ways”. Ain’t it so!

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