Lent 2022 Day 22

Lent 2022 Day 22

Sat 26 Mar

2 Samuel 5:4-12: David comes to Jerusalem as king

4 David was thirty years old when he became king, and he reigned for forty years. 5 In Hebron he reigned over Judah for seven years and six months, and in Jerusalem he reigned over all Israel and Judah for thirty-three years.

6 The king and his men marched to Jerusalem to attack the Jebusites, who lived there. The Jebusites said to David, ‘You will not get in here; even the blind and the lame can ward you off.’ They thought, ‘David cannot get in here.’ 7 Nevertheless, David captured the fortress of Zion – which is the City of David.

9 David then took up residence in the fortress and called it the City of David. He built up the area around it, from the terraces inwards. 10 And he became more and more powerful, because the Lord God Almighty was with him.

11 Now Hiram king of Tyre sent envoys to David, along with cedar logs and carpenters and stonemasons, and they built a palace for David. 12 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.

David had been anointed by Samuel as soon as Saul had fallen out of favour with God because of his disobedience, but it was not until Saul had died, totally destroyed by God, that David could take up the throne. His kingdom had people of other races living there and he had to remove the Jebusites in order to claim Jerusalem as his city, and establish its identity into the present day.

He is also able at last to rout the Philistines (read on in this chapter)– it was a long time ago that the young boy had killed their champion Goliath and quelled their armies.

His next task was to bring the most precious artefact of the Jewish people back to his city. The ark of the covenant contained the tablets of stone handed to Moses. It was the structure above which the Lord God would appear to the High Priest in the Tent of Meeting. It had been their figurehead, their mascot as they wandered through the wilderness after leaving Egypt and as they went out to battle. It represented the power of God to protect and save his people. Except that it had been captured by the Philistines (1 Samuel 4).

Although Hiram of Tyre was willing to supply fine cedar timber and craftsmen for the building of David’s palace, David would like to have built a Temple in which the ark could have been placed, but God reserved that task for Solomon, his son.

David led a fearsome army. He conquered many nations, and kings of other nations brought tribute to him. David, however, put a foot wrong when he decided to take a roll count of his forces (2 Sam 24:1-17). God was angry with him because, in the end, the power belonged to God, not David.

We also know about his weakness in the matter of Bathsheba (2 Sam 11 and 12). The fallout (2 Sam 12:15-19) was severe.

Why might God have passed on David building the Temple?

What do we learn from the life of David?

Father God, you appoint and raise up your people, and you also reject those who fall into disobedience. In Jesus we have forgiveness, for you are a loving God, but anointing is your prerogative. Keep me close to your calling on my life, I pray. Amen.

The anointing: