The last chapter of 2 Samuel was a disgusting piece of glorification of a god who demands murder. I’m amazed how people can look at the Bible and describe it as a book of morals. A book of morals doesn’t include murder, rape, and slavery. Fortunately for us, the Bible is a book of fiction and morals do not come from a book.
“David asked, ‘Is there anyone still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?’” – 2 Samuel 9:1
That depends. Have you murdered all of them yet?
“Ziba answered the king, ‘There is still a son of Jonathan; he is lame in both feet.’” – 2 Samuel 9:3
God doesn’t like the disabled. See the weekly Crazy Bible Verse from a couple of weeks ago (Leviticus 21:18).
“’Don’t be afraid,’” David said to him, ‘for I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will always eat at my table.’” – 2 Samuel 9:7
How nice of David to restore the land he stole.
“And Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem, because he always ate at the king’s table; he was lame in both feet.” – 2 Samuel 9:13
I love how the verse ends by pointing out once again that this dude was disabled. The authors get joy of pointing out the disabilities of others. The way it is described in this chapter is a form of mocking.
That concludes 2 Samuel 9. Not as disgusting as the previous chapter, but when put in context with what we’ve already read, we can see the problems. David comes across as nice by restoring lands to someone whose land was taken away. The person who took those lands, however, was David! Sigh.
Coming Soon: 1 Chronicles – Chapter 18: David’s Victories