G‑d dispatched the prophet Samuel to Jesse’s house to… “At the time of the Savior’s birth, Israel was ruled by alien monarchs. After a brief mention of four expeditions against the Philistines, the sacred writer records a sin of pride on David's part in his resolution to take a census of the people. The true author of this book is unknown. The third was Shammah. God must manage, regulate, dictate, and stand at the head, and every man in his place. The child of David’s union with Bathsheba was taken by God in place of David’s life. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Why are we told that Jesus shall receive “the throne of his father David” (Luke 1:32) and that He has “the key of David”? (26-23) The account of Uzzah being smitten dead while attempting to save the ark of the covenant from toppling over (see Reading 26-10) raises questions in the minds of many readers. King David committed adultery with Bathsheba. Second, God will forgive anyone who repents. Instead of being grateful for the death of his most violent enemy, he truly mourned for the tragedy that had befallen Israel. I planned to write a pithy review of this book and move on, but when I saw some of the negative comments here I decided to offer a bit more than that. Thus, David has committed two heinous sins against God—adultery and murder. In the heat of the Middle East, much of the people’s time was spent walking or sitting on their roofs in the refreshing cool of evening or in the day to catch a daytime breeze. Petraeus seduced America. Use Notes and Commentary below to help you as you read and study 2 Samuel 1–12. Joab used this opportunity to avenge the death of his brother (see v. 27). It's called common sense. Jesse’s three oldest sons had followed Saul into battle. And these are legion. He never took to himself authority that was not his nor practiced unrighteous dominion. 22:15. It is a great work that we are engaged in, and it is for us to prepare ourselves for the labor before us, and to acknowledge God, his authority, his law and his priesthood in all things.” (Gospel Kingdom, p. 166. Abner was the leader of the forces of Ishbosheth, Saul’s son. The teachings of the prophets created a modern religion that still exists today. We work hard to protect your security and privacy. Some of the Psalms portray the anguish of his soul; yet David is still paying for his sin. Such is the pitiable condition of men who, neglecting their own responsibilities, spend their time in finding fault with others.” (In Conference Report, Apr. You remember the case of Uzzah who stretched forth his hand to steady the ark. Elder Spencer W. Kimball indicated that there is no restitution possible for murder. David was forced to flee and live the life of an outlaw until Saul's death ( 1 Sam 19:11; 21:11/19-25:1). Even the loss of chastity leaves the soul in mortality with opportunity to recover and repent and to make amends to some degree. Without question, Manasseh is Judah’s most wicked king, 2 Kings 20:21–21:18 and 2 Chronicles 33:1-11. Nevertheless, no success can compensate for failure in our personal lives or in our families. Only the high priest (a type of Christ) could approach it and then only after going through an elaborate ritual of personal cleansing and propitiation for his sins (see Reading D-6). It seems so harsh, when all he was doing was trying to save a holy object from being harmed. Genesis Chronology and Egyptian King-Lists: The Egyptian Origins of Genesis History (Genesis and Egypt), The Moses Mystery: The Egyptian Origins of the Jewish People. Should we view him as the servant who refused to lift his hand against the Lord’s anointed, or as the Lord’s anointed who lifted his hand against a faithful and loyal servant? Be that as it may, the incident conveys a lesson of life. “As to crimes for which no adequate restoration is possible, I have suggested … that perhaps the reason murder is an unforgivable sin is that, once having taken a life—whether that life be innocent or reprobate—the life-taker cannot restore it. If a tragedy, why is the Messiah prophesied to sit “upon the throne of David” (Isaiah 9:7), and be called “David their king”? This turning about that he might pierce him is what we translate ‘the hinder end of his spear.’ This slaying of Asahel cost Abner his life.” (Clarke, Bible Commentary, 2:313.). If, however, the war occurred after Jerusalem’s seizure, the hold may refer to Jerusalem itself (see 2 Samuel 5:7, 9). In total, four of David’s sons suffered untimely deaths—the “four times over” judgment David had pronounced upon himself. But he did the very thing of which so many are guilty—he compounded his sin by trying to cover it up. Though he later hoped and prayed that his soul would not be left forever in hell (the spirit prison), yet the eternal destiny of doers of such twin sins does not look good. Of all the great Patriarchs of the Old Testament, David is among the greatest. For the 2020 holiday season, returnable items shipped between October 1 and December 31 can be returned until January 31, 2021. The holiness of God is clearly taught in scripture. “As happens too frequently, it is only when a sinner knows that his sin is known that he begins to repent! Was his life a tragedy, or a triumph? The oldest son was Eliab. When Asahel, Joab’s brother, gave chase to Abner, Abner yelled back that Asahel should content himself by taking the armor of one of the younger men, but Asahel refused. “His repentant feelings were no doubt sincere, but he could not repent enough to restore the life of his friend, Uriah, nor the virtue of his wife. One reader here takes the author, Gary Greenberg, to task for indulging in historical speculation. It would have been difficult, but not impossible. Israel had not achieved such heights before, nor did they ever again. The sarcasm of the Jebusites’ saying David would have to overcome “the blind and the lame,” as if such would have been sufficient to defend the city, was returned to them by David, who thereafter scathingly referred to all the Jebusite defenders as “the blind and the lame” (vv. 6, 8). 8–9). The division of the united kingdom after Solomon's death (after another 40-year reign) is explained in 1 Kings as punishment for Solomon's tolerance of idolatry.In addition, 1 Kings also relates that Solomon imposed onerous taxes and forced labor on the northern tribes yet exempted Judah, leading the ten northern tribes to defect.. Placing these texts into their historical, political, and geographical setting, Greenberg is able to separate much historical fact from biblical fiction, showing, for instance, that Goliath of the popular David and Goliath story was actually killed by a Philistine warrior Elhanan. Uzzah may have exhibited some bold presumption when he sought to touch that which God had forbidden to be touched. The ark was the tangible object that symbolized the presence of God, His throne, His glory, His divine majesty (see Reading 13-5). Michal possessed teraphim, and in David she only loved the brave hero and exalted king: she therefore took offence at the humility with which the king, in his pious enthusiasm, placed himself on an equality with all the rest of the nation before the Lord. …, “… The proud daughter of Saul was offended at the fact, that the king had let himself down on this occasion to the level of the people. The first biblical reference to the city may be in Genesis, which states that “Melchizedek king of Salem” (Jerusalem) and “priest of the most high God” met Abraham returning from his battle with the kings and blessed him (Genesis 14:18). Psalms 32 and 51 are probably found within the “hiding” context of this story. Or so it seems on the surface. David's sin began with a thought in his mind—the sin of lust. )” (Mormon Doctrine, p. 520.). Those who lose their possessions may be able to recover their wealth. King Saul became jealous of David's success. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. For being a man aft… Leisure and lust led to adultery and then to murder, which sins had eternal repercussions, as well as tragic earthly results. Each chapter begins with a quote from the Bible, then goes on to present insightful historical data. good old ugly human nature reasons like power, wealth, and coverups. Removal from this earth by the hand of the Lord must come at one time or another and can be a blessing to an individual, brought about for his best interest at whatever time the Lord sees it to be optimum. The only person left was Mephibosheth, whom David took in and treated nearly as a son. Do we emphasize the David who killed Goliath, or the David who killed Uriah? The man who came to David and reported that he had killed Saul at Saul’s insistence was not Saul’s armor-bearer. David’s mother, though nameless to us, has the honor of raising a king of Israel and continuing the line of the Messiah. This action fulfilled his promise to Jonathan made years before (see 1 Samuel 20:14–16). . 13:7–10.] There was a problem loading your book clubs. The was perhaps the greatest transgression of David's life. The Sins of King David: A New History by Gary Greenberg (Sourcebooks) An important radable popularization of recent biblical criticism and historical reconstruction. Please try again. The writers of the second book, Chronicles, takes the PR overhaul even further so that they could set up the messiah myth and trace it back to David, beloved of the Lord. It interferes with his potential of having ‘glory added upon [his head] for ever and ever.’ (Abraham 3:26. The seven deadly sins can by overcome with seven corresponding virtues. He then hides in the city of Gath, hometown of Goliath and pretends to be a crazy man. The best intentions do not justify such interference with the Lord’s plan. Certainly David must be viewed as one of the greatest royal administrators. It was at that point that Ishbosheth accused Abner of having an affair with one of Saul’s wives (see v. 7). Referring to Joab (David’s general) as “my master” in front of the king was tantamount to treason, and Uriah deserved the death penalty for his rebellion.24 However, King David sentenced him to death under the guise of sending him to war so people should not say, … Something went wrong. After they have paid the full penalty for their crime, they shall go on to a telestial inheritance. Those defamed may still be able to prove themselves above reproach. Of course we have no outside material to rely on to refute or alter the biblical tale that has come down to us. David was the son of Jesse, who belonged to the tribe of Ephraim. Yet in our own time we see those who fear the ark is tottering and presume to steady its course. The parents did suffer remorse over it. Touching the ark, the throne of the divine glory and visible pledge of the invisible presence of the Lord, was a violation of the majesty of the holy God. Even if Uzzah’s intention was simply to keep the ark from falling, it should be remembered that God was fully capable of steadying His own ark had He wished to do so. That's not divine revelation, by the way. Zeruiah and Abigal were David's half … David is threatened with bodily harm by Saul because of jealousy. ), “We have more or less of the principles of insubordination among us. (Revelation 3:7). When first given to Israel, the ark was placed in the Holy of Holies in the tabernacle, and not even the priest was allowed to approach it. Greenberg shows David to be an ambitious mercenary, ruthless politician, unjust tyrant, and military imperialist. Jesus, the Messiah, was called David, He would hold the key of David, and He would sit upon the throne of David (see Reading 26-1). This book gives the reader the real inside information about the biblical figure of David. His playing and dancing referred to the Lord, who had chosen him, and had rejected Saul on account of his pride. “The whole account which this young man gives is a fabrication: in many of the particulars it is grossly self-contradictory. Reviewed in the United States on May 21, 2014. That comes from reading the newspaper and watching TV. No specific reason was given here, only a blessing on David’s house. As the Lord said, there is no greater gift that He could offer a man than eternal life (see D&C 6:13). Looks at the conflicting stories surrounding King David, as found in the Bible and historical records, to present a portrait of this biblical figure as the people of his time saw him. However well-meaning, Uzzah approached casually what could only be approached under the strictest conditions. … Michal is intentionally designated the daughter of Saul here, instead of the wife of David, because on this occasion she manifested her father’s disposition rather than her husband’s. When G-d deemed Saul unfit for the position of king, He commanded Samuel to go anoint a new king[47]. Where the greatest sin had previously been to worship competing gods, the prophets introduced a new concept of sin, namely, to do wrong against one’s fellow man. David wisely chose this city as his capital, for Jerusalem was a city between the northern and southern tribes of Israel but it belonged to neither of them because it was still held by the Canaanite Jebusites. 12:31–32; Teachings, pp. 356–357.) Let us look around us and see how quickly men who attempt unauthoritatively to steady the ark die spiritually. Third, sin’s consequences remain even when the sin is forgiven. Of course, there was the sin with Bathsheba, the murder of her husband Uriah, and the subsequent cover-up. Seven deadly sins, in Roman Catholic theology, the seven vices that spur other sins and further immoral behavior. This is a summary of the Biblical account of David and Bathsheba. In modern revelation, the Lord made reference to this incident to teach that very principle (see D&C 85:8). You may be charged a restocking fee up to 50% of item's price for used or damaged returns and up to 100% for materially different item. Abner wished to spare him, for fear of exciting Joab’s enmity; but as Asahel was obstinate in the pursuit, and was swifter of foot than Abner, the latter saw that he must either kill or be killed, and therefore he turned his spear and ran it through the body of Asahel. Perhaps Jesus, in His office of Messiah, is constantly tied into David and his reign because David did three things for temporal Israel that typify what Christ will do for spiritual Israel. He had eight sons. The word most likely designates a channel or a shaft, as it is similarly used in Mishnaic Hebrew. The Bible tells us that his major sin was to set two golden calves in Bethel and Dan to draw the Israelites away from worshipping in Jerusalem (1 Kings 12:25-33). She availed herself of the shortness of the priests’ shoulder dress, to make a contemptuous remark concerning David’s dancing, as an impropriety that was unbecoming in a king. But there is a principle associated with the kingdom of God that recognizes God in all things, and that recognizes the priesthood in all things, and those who do not do it had better repent or they will come to a stand very quickly; I tell you that in the name of the Lord. And yet everyone familiar with the Bible also recognizes that David did a lot of not-so-great things. The work contains maps, timelines, glossaries, and comparison text, making it a comprehensive account of King David. Joab was David’s commander. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. The common view of King David is of a young boy full of courage, piety and humility who grew to be a goodly king. He may give his own life as payment, but this does not wholly undo the injury done by his crime. The fraud that General David Petraeus perpetrated on America started many years before the general seduced Paula Broadwell, a lower-ranking officer 20 years his junior, after meeting her on a campus visit to Harvard. )” (Miracle of Forgiveness, pp. 195–96.). And David established Zion or Jerusalem as the spiritual and political center of Israel. How shall we view this great man of history? It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. Elder James E. Talmage explained the significance of the genealogies of Jesus given by Matthew and Luke as establishing Jesus’ right to the throne. He then brought that thought to action by actually committing the act of adultery. – 1 Samuel 21:10. Anyhow, the book is a great read for those who are skeptical, cynical, or just plain curious about the Bible as historical document, not "Word Of God'. Peter declared that his body was still in the tomb, and the Prophet Joseph Smith has said, ‘David sought repentance at the hand of God carefully with tears, for the murder of Uriah; but he could only get it through hell: he got a promise that his soul should not be left in hell.’ Again we ask: Who wishes to spend a term in hell with the devil before being cleansed from sin?” (Answers to Gospel Questions, 1:74.). In the Books of Samuel, David is a young shepherd who gains fame first as a musician and later by killing the enemy champion Goliath.He becomes a favorite of King Saul and a close friend of Saul's son Jonathan. When the twelve from each side had killed each other, no clear winner was shown, so both sides erupted into a furious battle, which David’s men won. As a penance for this sin, he was allowed to choose either a famine, an unsuccessful war, or pestilence. He was the father of Solomon and united the tribes of Israel. Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. ‘Uzzah was therefore a type of all who with good intentions, humanly speaking, yet with unsanctified minds, interfere in the affairs of the kingdom of God, from the notion that they are in danger, and with the hope of saving them.’” (Keil and Delitzsch, Commentary, 2:2:333.). (See Psalms 16 and 51; then see Hebrews 6:4–6; Revelation 22:14–15; D&C 132:27; 76:31–37; 29:41 and 42:18, 79. A careful reading of 1 Samuel 31:1–6 and 2 Samuel 1:1–16 shows two different accounts of Saul’s death. Those who bear the vessels of the Lord must be clean (see D&C 133:5). To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. King David committed generational sins, which resulted in death. His wisdom and goodness finally united the tribes into one kingdom loyal to David. “It seems Asahel wished to get the armour of Abner as a trophy; this also was greatly coveted by ancient heroes. David (Hebrew: דָּוִד ‎) is described in the Hebrew Bible as the third king of the United Monarchy of Israel and Judah, becoming king after Ish-bosheth. Fourth, God can work even in difficult situations. But Greenberg's point is obviously to look at the text itself, in light of its extensive inconsistencies, redundancies and apparent errors, to try to sort it all out. The name Hiram appears to have been the family name for a king or series of kings of Tyre who were contemporaries of David and Solomon. David was a great example in his fulfillment of his calling as king, and a tragic example in his falling from glory. He lacked faith in God’s power. What he succeeds in doing is not telling us the way it really was but rather how it might have been, constructing an alternative scenario which attempts to straighten out the peculiarities in the original text. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. Abner, the captain of Saul’s host (his commanding general), set up one of Saul’ sons as the new king (see vv. 8–9). The challenge to let the young men “play before us” (v. 14) meant to let the twelve representatives battle for each side. A good example of the futility of denying the reality of sin in our lives is King David in 2 Samuel 11, Psalms 32, and Psalms 51.In these passages, we find: 2 Samuel 11-12: King David lusts, sins, seeks to hide the sin by committing more sins, and then, after confrontation, repents. This verse is an example of a dualistic prophecy, that is, a prophecy with a double meaning (see Reading G-5). (Rev. Unable to add item to List. (26-22) Let us now return to the questions raised in the introduction to this chapter. When the armor-bearer refused to kill his master, Saul fell upon his sword rather than fall into the hands of the Philistines. The story of David and Bathsheba reminds us of how great men who are called by God are still humans and struggle with sin. Under David’s leadership the kingdom expanded to the extent of God’s promise to Abraham (see Genesis 15:18). King David's Generational Sin and Consequences. While much of the story is not known, it is an excellent example that the commands of God are sacred and must be observed precisely as the Lord decreed. David did not count his men, meaning to rely on the size of his army, but rather he relied on the Lord. First, secret sin will be found out. Please try again. The roof of David’s palace was probably high enough that he could have looked into the inner courts of a number of homes nearby. Clearly, only one person can sit upon the throne of David (that is, rule over the house of Israel) forever and ever, and that one is Christ. There is no fact in the case but the bringing of the crown, or diadem, and bracelets of Saul; which, as he appears to have been a plunderer of the slain, he found on the field of battle; and he brought them to David, and told the lie of having despatched Saul, merely to ingratiate himself with David.” (Clarke, Bible Commentary, 2:308.). We should never have trusted him. The ill treatment of David’s ambassadors, who were deliberately humiliated and degraded by the exposure of their faces and lower bodies, brought on full-scale war that only served to expand David’s domain. Consider that David was destined for exaltation, destined to rule in heaven forever and ever as a Creator and a God to his future children. The second was Abinadab. 1Sam 12:12 “And when ye saw that Nahash the king of the children of Ammon came against you, ye said unto me, Nay; but a king shall reign over us: when the LORD your God was your king.” David's father was Jesse, not Nahash. He lusted after Bathsheba, the wife of one of his soldiers. President David O. McKay applied this lesson to modern Saints: “It is a little dangerous for us to go out of our own sphere and try unauthoritatively to direct the efforts of a brother. ), “The child born of their illicit union did not live, but there is no reason to look upon that as ‘punishment’ of the child for the sins of the parents. Please try again. David may have refused to take action against Ishbosheth because he had covenanted with Jonathan not to retaliate against Saul’s family when he came to power (see 1 Samuel 20:14–16). For the first time in history, David succeeded in winning the whole extent of the promised land for the covenant people (see Reading 26-14). The life of King David ends shortly after proclaiming his son Solomon the next ruler of Israel. They were first enumerated by Pope Gregory I in the 6th century and later elaborated by St. Thomas Aquinas. (D&C 6:13). A former shepherd, David was renowned for his passion for God, his touching psalms and musical abilities, his inspiring courage and expertise in warfare, his good looks and illicit relationship with Bathsheba, and his ancestral connections to Jesu… The figure of Nathan boldly accusing the king to his face by an allegorical parallel is impressive, though not as surprising in Bible stories as it would be in accounts of other peoples where the will of God was not such a recognized factor in determining the morality of men and in specifying the results. Only when a sinner knows that king David was secure on the throne warrior as. Lineage, would not be overthrown after his death 2:2:336–38. ) man after ’! 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