Today we move back to 2 Samuel. If you’re new to reading this blog, I’m working on going through each chapter of the Bible in chronological order. Samuel, Chronicles and Psalms all look at the story of David so there is a constant switching back and forth as we move through the Bible. According to the chronological guide I am using, today’s chapter includes just the first ten verses. The remaining verse take place after events discussed in other chapters of the Bible. Let’s jump right into it.
“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.’” – 2 Samuel 5:2
Christians are fond of arguing that God gave us free will to explain why there is still harm in this world. Verses like this, however, in which God makes the choices, show the Bible says otherwise when it comes to free will.
“David was thirty years old when he became king, and he reigned forty years.” – 2 Samuel 5:4
Wow! Forty years of doing God’s dirty work. Forty years of murder, rape, and killing of innocents. All in the name of God.
“The king and his men marched to Jerusalem to attack the Jebusites, who lived there.” – 2 Samuel 5:6
Nowhere in the Bible is it stated why the Jebusites are to be attacked. We are never given an explanation as to why other than it was the will of God. Like I said. David is here to do God’s dirty work.
“And he became more and more powerful, because the Lord God Almighty was with him.” – 2 Samuel 5:10
Again, it is fine to argue for free will, but only if you ignore what the Bible says on the matter. David clearly has no free will. God guides his every choice.
That concludes the first ten verses of this chapter. It’s clear David has little choice in the matter as God has chosen him to lead the Israelites. It’s not the free will of the people in the Bible. It’s God’s choice. God commands David to kill in his name and David does so without fighting back.
Coming Soon: 1 Chronicles – Chapter 11: David Becomes King Over Israel