Today we pick up where we left off in 2 Samuel about two weeks ago.
“Then David knew that the Lord had established him as king over Israel and had exalted his kingdom for the sake of his people Israel.” – 2 Samuel 5:12
Life is good for David because God chooses to make it good for David, not because David has done anything to earn God’s love. No one should have to earn God’s love. A loving deity loves regardless of the individual’s deeds.
“After he left Hebron, David took more concubines and wives in Jerusalem, and more sons and daughters were born to him.” – 2 Samuel 5:13
ROFL! Maybe David earned God’s favor because he had many concubines and wives! Traditional biblical marriage at its finest!
“The Lord answered him, ‘Go, for I will surely deliver the Philistines into your hands.’” – 2 Samuel 5:19
Note that it is not David’s armies delivering the Philistines, but God. God approves of this battle. God could stop any battle and bring peace to the land, but he instead chooses to satisfy his bloodlust.
“As soon as you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the poplar trees, move quickly, because that will mean the Lord has gone out in front of you to strike the Philistine army.” – 2 Samuel 5:24
More evidence that God is the one choosing the battle to happen. Not David. God can easily stop the battle, but chooses not to. Even worse, God sides with David and gives him the win.
This chapter of 2 Samuel further proves that God has an agenda and it is not a nice, loving agenda. It is an agenda of war, death, and destruction. It also defeats the Christian argument of free-will. Clearly David and the Israelites do not have free will as God is the one making the choices for them.
Coming Soon: 2 Samuel – Chapter 6: The Ark Brought to Jerusalem