To touch the ark or its contents was strictly forbidden by the Lord. Abner’s question, “Am I a dog’s head of Judah,” meant, “Am I a traitor?” (v. 8). 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). 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. . In total, four of David’s sons suffered untimely deaths—the “four times over” judgment David had pronounced upon himself. Joab is said to have accomplished that initial entry (see 1 Chronicles 11:6). David chose the third and in … 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. We work hard to protect your security and privacy. 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.. Some of the Psalms portray the anguish of his soul; yet David is still paying for his sin. 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). Elder James E. Talmage explained the significance of the genealogies of Jesus given by Matthew and Luke as establishing Jesus’ right to the throne. 13:7–10.] This is a summary of the Biblical account of David and Bathsheba. We may not sin like David, but we have all committed some heinous sins. David united the twelve tribes into one nation under the ultimate leadership of God. David was the youngest. The best intentions do not justify such interference with the Lord’s plan. 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. We hear of those who are sure that women are not being treated fairly in the Church, of those who would extend some unauthorized blessing to those not yet ready, or of those who would change the established doctrines of the Church. Although he was at war with Ishbosheth, David did not condone the treachery of the assassins and put them to death. He goes to Nob and receives the sword of Goliath from Ahimelech, a priest. David was the son of Jesse, who belonged to the tribe of Ephraim. After Saul died, the tribes of Israel did not immediately flock to David and accept him as king. (Matt. Without question, Manasseh is Judah’s most wicked king, 2 Kings 20:21–21:18 and 2 Chronicles 33:1-11. 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. Uzzah may have exhibited some bold presumption when he sought to touch that which God had forbidden to be touched. Do we emphasize the David who killed Goliath, or the David who killed Uriah? There was a problem loading your book clubs. Many homes in the Holy Land, both then and now, had flat roofs. 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. Not so, writes Gary Greenberg in this stunning history of the world's most beloved monarch. Recommended for larger religious collections. Like his earlier book, this one may anger some more conservative readers. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. But he did the very thing of which so many are guilty—he compounded his sin by trying to cover it up. David’s broken heart is the sacrifice that he offers to God. Truly it could be said, “The Lord preserved David whithersoever he went” (2 Samuel 8:6). Thus, in the clash between the two kingdoms, champions were chosen to determine the winner (see Reading 25-5). One reader here takes the author, Gary Greenberg, to task for indulging in historical speculation. No specific reason was given here, only a blessing on David’s house. The rights of the royal Davidic family were unrecognized; and the ruler of the Jews was an appointee of Rome. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. King David committed generational sins, which resulted in death. Had Judah been a free and independent nation, ruled by her rightful sovereign, Joseph the carpenter would have been her crowned king; and his lawful successor to the throne would have been Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” (Jesus the Christ, p. 87.). For the first time, under his direction the chosen people controlled the whole land promised to Abraham’s seed nearly a thousand years earlier. Please try again. The oldest son was Eliab. Abner, the captain of Saul’s host (his commanding general), set up one of Saul’ sons as the new king (see vv. 8–9). 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. )” (Rasmussen, Introduction to the Old Testament, 1:185–86.). David wanted to build a house for the lord and the ark, but the lord instructed him by Nathan not to build the house because he was a man of____. Those defamed may still be able to prove themselves above reproach. 1936, p. 60. Do not think you are wise and that you can manage and manipulate the priesthood, for you cannot do it. For the 2020 holiday season, returnable items shipped between October 1 and December 31 can be returned until January 31, 2021. “As happens too frequently, it is only when a sinner knows that his sin is known that he begins to repent! He never took to himself authority that was not his nor practiced unrighteous dominion. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. Should we view David’s life as a triumph or as a tragedy? Please try again. However, it does raise a dangerous question: If the lies and hype about the promised Messiah start that far back, what does that do to his credibility when he shows up to claim the title? Those who bear the vessels of the Lord must be clean (see D&C 133:5). The common view of King David is of a young boy full of courage, piety and humility who grew to be a goodly king. David is threatened with bodily harm by Saul because of jealousy. The word most likely designates a channel or a shaft, as it is similarly used in Mishnaic Hebrew. This people held Jerusalem until David captured it about 1000 B.C., although Israel may have temporarily conquered the city soon after their invasion of the land of Canaan (see Joshua 10). And David established Zion or Jerusalem as the spiritual and political center of Israel. 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. Saul meets David for the first time twice, too, and on the second occasion he and Abner, his general, have no idea who the young shepherd boy, David, is . 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.). And these are legion. His playing and dancing referred to the Lord, who had chosen him, and had rejected Saul on account of his pride. 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? 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. Or so it seems on the surface. The ark of the covenant was a sacred vessel that housed some of the holiest objects in Israel’s history. First, secret sin will be found out. He did not receive the resurrection at the time of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Mr. Greenberg also explains the reasons for the whitewash and sanitizing of David in both of the Biblical books he sites One of them 'rehabilitates' David because the writers were part of the group of priests who joined David to do away with Saul and besides, David's lineage was still in power. Use Notes and Commentary below to help you as you read and study 2 Samuel 1–12. Repentance in the ordinary sense seems futile. This verse is an example of a dualistic prophecy, that is, a prophecy with a double meaning (see Reading G-5). 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. In modern revelation, the Lord made reference to this incident to teach that very principle (see D&C 85:8). But reflect for a moment on the incident. God must manage, regulate, dictate, and stand at the head, and every man in his place. It was at that point that Ishbosheth accused Abner of having an affair with one of Saul’s wives (see v. 7). G‑d dispatched the prophet Samuel to Jesse’s house to… According to biblical tradition (and some say myth), David (c. 1035 - 970 BCE) was the second king in the ancient United Kingdom of Israel who helped establish the eternal throne of God. 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. He seemed justified when the oxen stumbled in putting forth his hand to steady that symbol of the covenant. He was the father of Solomon and united the tribes of Israel. When the armor-bearer refused to kill his master, Saul fell upon his sword rather than fall into the hands of the Philistines. His refusal to lift his hand against Saul because he was the Lord’s anointed is one of the finest examples of loyalty anywhere in the scriptures. (Jeremiah 30:9; see also 23:5–6; 30:15–17; Ezekiel 37:24–25). It Is Also Our Story. Thus David could remain king so that the promises God made about David’s throne could stand (2Samuel 11 & 12). Instead of being grateful for the death of his most violent enemy, he truly mourned for the tragedy that had befallen Israel. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in. The war between the two kingdoms grew more intense as David’s army slowly gained the upper hand (see v. 1). David committed a grevious sin of adultery, deceit, and murder, regarding Bathsheba and her husband Uriah. Only authorized Levites, and they only under certain specified conditions, could handle the sacred instruments (see Numbers 4:15). We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. In this chapter we read of David as king of Israel. And yet everyone familiar with the Bible also recognizes that David did a lot of not-so-great things. (D&C 6:13). Others attribute a group of anonymous authors called the Deuteronomists, since language from the book of Deuteronomy is repeated in 1 Kings. Thus, David has committed two heinous sins against God—adultery and murder. He came into mortality as a descendant of David and as an heir to his throne both physically and spiritually. When that did not work, he had Uriah killed. He then tried deception to cover up his sin. 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. It was a fascinating and eye opening read and I'm inclined to believe Mr. Greenberg, first of all because of his credentials and his scholarship, and second, because people in power or who are seeking power may say that they're doing something for God and/or Country but their motives are generally (always?) was carried) into the city of David, Michal the daughter of Saul looked out of the window, and there she saw king David leaping and dancing before Jehovah, and despised him in her heart. When Joshua crossed the Jordan the Jebusites, a Canaanite tribe, possessed the city. But to take a life, whether someone else’s or one’s own, cuts off the victim’s experiences of mortality and thus his opportunity to repent, to keep God’s commandments in this earth life. We can learn from both aspects of his life. If a triumph, why, then, has “he fallen from his exaltation” (D&C 132:39) and lost “the greatest of all the gifts of God”? The shaft running up perpendicularly from a water conduit cut into the rock fifty feet west from Gihon, discovered by Sir C. Warren in 1867, would have given people inside the city walls access to water in time of siege and would have made a possible avenue for invaders to enter and open the gates of the city from within. Study his life carefully in this chapter and the next to see if you can answer these questions. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. Was his life a tragedy, or a triumph? Once David was secure on the throne, he sought to heal old wounds. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. 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. He united not only the 12, often fractured Tribes of Israel, but, as a kind if priest-king, stitched together the religious faith of Israel with its … Continue reading "David, A Great King, Yet With a Critical Flaw. However well-meaning, Uzzah approached casually what could only be approached under the strictest conditions. 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. The man who came to David and reported that he had killed Saul at Saul’s insistence was not Saul’s armor-bearer. If a tragedy, why is the Messiah prophesied to sit “upon the throne of David” (Isaiah 9:7), and be called “David their king”? (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. 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. Nevertheless, no success can compensate for failure in our personal lives or in our families. It seems so harsh, when all he was doing was trying to save a holy object from being harmed. Elder Joseph Fielding Smith, commenting on David’s sin, said: “David committed a dreadful crime, and all his life afterwards sought for forgiveness. Had he even come to himself after his transgression with Bath-sheba and sought repentance as sincerely and earnestly as he did after Nathan’s parable, there is every indication that he could have come back and received forgiveness. For being a man aft… Unable to add item to List. We today think his punishment was very severe. “The whole account which this young man gives is a fabrication: in many of the particulars it is grossly self-contradictory. 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). It promised that David’s lineage would continue on the throne, and unlike Saul’s lineage, would not be overthrown after his death. Best known of these Hirams is he who sent masons, carpenters, and cedars from Lebanon to build David’s palace in Jerusalem (see 2 Samuel 5:11; 1 Chronicles 14:1). … 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. Those who lose their possessions may be able to recover their wealth. The true author of this book is unknown. His desire was to be kind to any of the house of Saul. I would like to add that this book contains comparison text, maps, timelines, and glossaries which makes it a wide-ranging account of King David; it's not like he is plucking ideals out of the air...he uses the biblical text and a bit of common sense (coming from a foundation in the historical context of the time). Of all the great Patriarchs of the Old Testament, David is among the greatest. David's sin began with a thought in his mind—the sin of lust. King David's Generational Sin and Consequences. Even the loss of chastity leaves the soul in mortality with opportunity to recover and repent and to make amends to some degree. Each chapter begins with a quote from the Bible, then goes on to present insightful historical data. Joab was David’s commander. 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. even though we were previously told David was a heroic man of war inducted into Saul's entourage for his musical talents and to serve as the king's personal armor bearer. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. The second was Abinadab. Under David Israel reached its golden age, the zenith of its power. ). (26-22) Let us now return to the questions raised in the introduction to this chapter. 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, … This move was important politically, for those whom Abner had persuaded to change their loyalty to David could easily have gone back to Ishbosheth at the news of Abner’s death. Jesse’s three oldest sons had followed Saul into battle. 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.). (Rev. Complete Points to Ponder as directed by your teacher. 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 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. The was perhaps the greatest transgression of David's life. David did not count his men, meaning to rely on the size of his army, but rather he relied on the Lord. Greenberg's comparative analyses of the Bible stories are supplemented by archaeological and historical writings, but the lack of bibliography suggests that some of it was also based on personal belief. The ark of God does not need steadying, especially by incompetent men without revelation and without knowledge of the kingdom of God and its laws. 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). Sourcebooks Inc; First Edition (November 1, 2002), Reviewed in the United States on August 7, 2005. That's not divine revelation, by the way. 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. A careful reading of 1 Samuel 31:1–6 and 2 Samuel 1:1–16 shows two different accounts of Saul’s death. Fourth, God can work even in difficult situations. Old Testament Student Manual Genesis-2 Samuel, Introduction: For Our Profit and Learning: The Value of Studying the Old Testament, Enrichment Section A: Who Is the God of the Old Testament, Enrichment Section B: Covenants and Covenant Making, Genesis 12–17: Abraham—Father of the Faithful, Genesis 18–23:Abraham—A Model of Faith and Righteousness, Genesis 24–36: The Covenant Line Continues with Isaac and Jacob, Genesis 37–50: Joseph: The Power of Preparation, Enrichment Section C: Symbolism and Typology in the Old Testament, Exodus 11–19: The Passover and the Exodus, Exodus 21–24; 31–35: The Mosaic Law: A Preparatory Gospel, Exodus 25–30; 35–40: The House of the Lord in the Wilderness, Leviticus 1–10: A Law of Performances and Ordinances, Part 1: Sacrifices and Offerings, Leviticus 11–18: A Law of Performances and Ordinances, Part 2: The Clean and the Unclean, Enrichment Section D: Feasts and Festivals, Leviticus 19–27: A Law of Performances and Ordinances, Part 3: Laws of Mercy and Righteousness, Enrichment Section E: The Problem of Large Numbers in the Old Testament, Numbers 1–12: Wilderness Wanderings, Part 1, Numbers 13–36: Wilderness Wanderings, Part 2, Deuteronomy 1–16: An Exhortation to Obedience, Part 1, Deuteronomy 17–33: An Exhortation to Obedience, Part 2, Joshua 1–24: The Entry into the Promised Land, Enrichment Section F: Idolatry: Ancient and Modern, Judges 1–12: The Reign of the Judges, Part 1, Judges 13–21; Ruth 1–4: The Reign of the Judges, Part 2, 1 Samuel 1–15: The Prophet Samuel and Saul, King of Israel, 1 Samuel 16–31: King David’s Call to Lead Israel, 2 Samuel 13–24: The Price of Sin: Tragedy in the House of David, Enrichment Section G: Hebrew Literary Styles, The Psalms: Songs from the Heart of Israel, “2 Samuel 1–12: The Fall of King David,” Old Testament Student Manual Genesis-2 Samuel (1980), 286–92, “2 Samuel 1–12,” Old Testament Student Manual, 286–92. 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