2 Samuel – Chapter 1: David Hears of Saul’s Death

I have to admit being a bit excited each time I start a new book.  Typically the previous book was getting old so I’m always looking forward to the next book, although the pattern of death, destruction, blood, killing of innocents, and misogyny continues.  Maybe that’s why I’m dragging when I near the end of a book.  2 Samuel isn’t really a new book (technically it is) since it’s simply continuation of 1 Samuel.  2 Samuel begins with David learning of Saul’s death.

“Then David said to the young man who brought him the report, ‘How do you know that Saul and his son Jonathan are dead?’” – 2 Samuel 1:5

A rare moment of critical thinking on David’s part.  Too bad there’s not more.

“So I stood beside him and killed him (Saul), because I knew that after he had fallen he could not survive. And I took the crown that was on his head and the band on his arm and have brought them here to my lord.” – 2 Samuel 1:10

Except that’s not what happened.  The last chapter of 1 Samuel tells us Saul killed himself.
“David said to the young man who brought him the report, ‘Where are you from?’ ‘I am the son of a foreigner, an Amalekite,’ he answered. David asked him, ‘Why weren’t you afraid to lift your hand to destroy the Lord’s anointed?’ Then David called one of his men and said, ‘Go, strike him down!’ So he struck him down, and he died. For David had said to him, ‘Your blood be on your own head. Your own mouth testified against you when you said, ‘I killed the Lord’s anointed.’” – 2 Samuel 1:13-16

What the fuck?!?! Yes, this man lied to David on what happened.  However, the man WAS afraid to kill Saul and didn’t.  If God is all knowing than God knows this!!!  Yet God allows David and his men to kill the messenger.  Again.  What…the…fuck!?!?!?!  David next gives a lament to Saul and Jonathan (Saul’s son).

“Tell it not in Gath, proclaim it not in the streets of Ashkelon, lest the daughters of the Philistines be glad, lest the daughters of the uncircumcised rejoice.” – 2 Samuel 1:20

Once again, women are always at felt according to the Bible.

“Saul and Jonathan—in life they were loved and admired, and in death they were not parted.” – 2 Samuel 1:23

Saul was controlled by God and killed many people.  He wasn’t loved nor admired.  Maybe by those doing the killing, but those who were innocent certainly did not love Saul.

An interesting start to the book of 2 Samuel.  I find the story of David having his men kill the messenger of Saul’s death extremely disturbing.  Yes, the man lied, but he was actually killed for claiming to not kill someone else!!!  As I said above, if God is all-knowing, God knew the man was afraid to kill Saul, yet God still allows David to have the man killed.  A just god?  Nope.  An asshole god?  Yep!

Coming Soon:  2 Samuel – Chapter 2:  David Anointed King Over Judah

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