Can I just say it? Can I just be open and honest?
I am not sure what I am supposed to glean from chapter 10.
David tried to be friendly with a neighboring King Hanum of the Ammonites, who listened to discouraging or evil talk. People told him that David’s motives were not genuinely nice but rather with intent to spy and gain information so that he could attack and over-take.
So the neighboring King Hanun inflicted major humiliation onto David’s men. He had his men, catch David’s men, shave half their beards off and cut their garments up to their buttocks! …and thus a WAR began. Once again, WAR. Will these people ever enjoy peace?
Was such WAR-TIME prevalent in pre-king times? I mean the time period when the people were governed by God, and priests or prophets? I know there was war, but it seems like MORE and WORSE than before. So chapter 10 is all about the war or conflict.
Now chapter 11 is the Bathsheba chapter.
As much as David was the good guy, and the hero of the people, for the people, appointed by God previously; in chapter 11 an ungodly, ugly, calculating, selfish, deceitful dimension of this great man is exposed.
David discovers Bathsheba, Uriah’s beautiful wife. He pursues her, has sexual relations with her, and then connives to have Uriah killed on the front lines, fighting for his country.
After a period of mourning, Bathsheba then marries David, and bears him a son. The last sentence of chapter 11 says:
“But the thing David had done displeased the Lord.”2 Samuel 11:27 (last sentence)
My thoughts on these chapters do not fit in a neat tidy list.
What am I to see? What am I to learn?
Good people do bad things.
Even good people, who desire to please God, and who have done many things RIGHT, can royally MESS UP if they do not rigidly protect their environments, including what eyes will see and ears will hear. Good and proper BOUNDARIES serve a vital purpose!
If you don’t want to get burned, then don’t play with fire.
Don’t listen to negative gossip. For Christians, specifically the advice would be, “Listen to the Holy Spirit… Bible teaching as your guide. You don’t need to listen to negative talk of others,” like King Hanun listened to negative talk that lit the fire of aggravation that led to WAR-TIME again.
No arrogance or haughtiness from me, towards David. Only humility as a human!
Please forgive me when I am lax about protecting my mind, my eyes, my ears. Lord, help me to be smart, wise, and strong to turn away from all matters that would be BAD brain food. I want to live a pure and good life, and it is only remotely possible if I keep my eyes on you Father, and am guided by the Holy Spirit.
Your will be done in my life and my heart, no matter what is going on around me. I do not want to covet what is not good for me or what You would not approve of.
All glory and honor to You Father. Thank you for Your Word preserved so that I may learn, and grow. How fragile is our WALK of obedience. May we keep our eyes on JESUS, our savior, our redeemer who has gone to prepare a paradise for His beloved. In Jesus’s name I pray, AMEN
- How do YOU reconcile, the good guy David, with the David (same David) who was such a selfish villain to Uriah, unbeknownst to him? Does this make David more typical as compared to the common person of today?
- What are some ways or mannerisms that you institute or would recommend, in order to promote boundaries to protect yourself (from temptations, bad situations, etc..)
- What can you do to help teach children about BOUNDARIES to guard against evil?
This is part of an ongoing series, where some ordinary sisters (members of the Lord’s body of children on earth) take turns blogging devotionals per the chapters as we read the entire Bible, cover to cover. We are being richly blessed and know that you will as well be blessed for time spent in His Word. You can catch more of Stacey’s contributions at Scribbles and Sustenance, and Angela’s at No Longer Lukewarm, Tammy’s is at Grandma Mary Martha, and Telling Hearts.