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David: Pro and Anti
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Let's talk about David as a Biblical role model. Do we really understand what David represents?
Submitted By oldschool on 07/06/06
 
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 In contrast to the "man after God's own heart" image being promulgated in Western culture, David finally became an archtype thug with no conscience at all toward his fellow man. While unabashedly assigning to Joab the very definitions of thuggery and then using this as an excuse to have his witness silenced, we take note that David selected and promoted such men within his gang who excelled in the same. Violent and lawless criminals like Joab were David's power base; David's flowerey prose in the Psalms notwithstanding the test of deeds over words. Besides being a thug, David was, first and foremost, the archtype hypocrit and liar.

David's last words on earth (To his favorite son, Solomon): 1 Kings 2:5-10 KJV

 5.    Moreover thou knowest also what Joab the son of Zeruiah did to me, and what he did to the two captains of the hosts of Israel, unto Abner the son of Ner, and unto Amasa the son of Jether, whom he slew, and shed the blood of war in peace, and put the blood of war upon his girdle that was about his loins, and in his shoes that were on his feet.

6    Do therefore according to thy wisdom, and let not his hoar head go down to the grave in peace.
7    But shew kindness unto the sons of Barzillai the Gileadite, and let them be of those that eat at thy table: for so they came to me when I fled because of Absalom thy brother.
8    And, behold, thou hast with thee Shimei the son of Gera, a Benjamite of Bahurim, which cursed me with a grievous curse in the day when I went to Mahanaim: but he came down to meet me at Jordan, and I sware to him by the LORD, saying, I will not put thee to death with the sword.
9    Now therefore hold him not guiltless: for thou art a wise man, and knowest what thou oughtest to do unto him; but his hoar head bring thou down to the grave with blood.
10    So David slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David.
 

Here on his death bed, where one would expect David to finally repent of all his treachery and misdeeds (and beg his son Solomon not to follow in his evil ways), David instead implores his son Solomon to continue their abominable and corrupt regime by demanding he kill yet another of the participants in the treachery whereby David ascendended to the throne many years earlier.

"MOREOVER", David (now as consumate thug, even though on his death bed) asks Solomon (his son) to kill Joab (who was David's most faithful hatchet man). It was Joab, after all,  who supported David's motis operandi and killed Abner (King Saul's faithful captain) through deciept and treachery, as well as Uriah the Hittite (faithful soldier, also one of David's mighty men -or band of thugs- like Joab, and rightful husband of Bathsheba who David took for his own in adultery), and etc.

Without arguement, David's true heart is revealed in the summation of his final words:

"Kill anyone and everyone who opposes my claim to God's throne", which David references in verse 4 immediately before.

The magnitude of David's miscomprehension of God's promises and faithfulness are staggering here, at the end of his life (verse 3), in that he equates walking before God (in faith) with keeping the Mosaic law in perfection (already, himself, and continuously is implied). This arrogance of David's is particularly  damning, especially in the light of his own well-established failings. (It is important to note that God nullifies David's claim even to this, though a few generations later, after having already cursed the house of David with the sword forever in David's own lifetime. See 2 Sam 7:12-16, Jer 22:28-30, and 2 Sam 12:9-10)

David died unrepentant (and defiled). Mark 7:20-23 "All these evil things come from within, and defile the man."


20    And he ((Jesus)) said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man.
21    For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,
22    Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:
23    All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.

Such WAS the heart of David. He is NOT a model for us today. I must OPPOSE such threats to my family and country, just as King Saul did in his time and for his people. I will trust GOD who is over all as Judge and Avenger for both my house and my enemies; not a corruptible man like myself or David. God save us!

   
   
   

 

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