Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 3.1-5

2 Samuel 3.1-5
Now there was a long war between the house of Saul and the house of David; and David grew steadily stronger, but the house of Saul grew weaker continually. 2 Sons were born to David at Hebron: his firstborn was Amnon, by Ahinoam the Jezreelitess; 3 and his second, Chileab, by Abigail the widow of Nabal the Carmelite; and the third, Absalom the son of Maacah, the daughter of Talmai, king of Geshur; 4 and the fourth, Adonijah the son of Haggith; and the fifth, Shephatiah the son of Abital; 5 and the sixth, Ithream, by David’s wife Eglah. These were born to David at Hebron.

The war and strife between the house of Saul and David continued as the transition of power took time.  Ish-bosheth, the son of Saul had all, but Judah.  The house of Judah followed David and so conflict was present.  David ruled Judah for seven and half years and he grew stronger because God was blessing him. 

David was in Hebron during his reign over Judah.  His family would grow during this time with 6 sons by 6 wives (3.2-5).  Now that might be shocking for you to hear this, but David would have a total of 19 sons from 8 wives over his lifetime.  David resorted to polygamy even though God had commanded Israel’s kings not to multiply wives (Deut. 17.17).  He married these women to firm up political alliances, which was a common practice in the ancient Near East.  As a result, David would spend the large portion of his reign as king fighting battles because he relied on foreign alliances.

What we see is brokenness.  Since the fall of Adam and Eve in the garden this has been the story of mankind.  This is why Jesus came.  He came to a world broken and devastated by sin to make a way to be restored (2 Corinthians 5.17).  As disciples of Jesus we are called to a life of ministry imploring the broken to come and be made new by Jesus (2 Corinthians 5.18-21).   

Weekly Memory Verse: But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. James 1.5