2 Samuel 5: David finally becomes king – this time for real

Synopsis:

The tribes of Israel come to Hebron and ask David to be their king. He reigns for another 33 years (40 total if you include his time ruling over Judah).  David establishes the city of Zion (his city) with his fort in the center. King of Tyre sent cedar tree, capenters and mason’s a build David a house. He takes more concubines and has 11 more children (who are all named). The Philistines try to attack Israel, but David smites them, twice from Geb to Gazer.

In other words: 

David is made king for real this time and smites the Philistines, twice.

Favorite bit:

2 Samuel 5:23,24 – And when David enquired of the Lord, he said, Though shaltn ot go up; but fetch a compass behind them, and come upon them over against the mulberry trees. And let it be, when thou hearest the sound of a going in the topis of the mulbetter trees, that thou shalt bestir thyself: for then shall the Lord go out before thee, to smite the host of the Philistines. (I have a mulberry tree  - I realize that’s not a very good reason to like a particular verse, but whatever.)

2nd favorite bit:

2 Samuel 5:13 – And David took him more concubines and wives out of Jerusalem, after he was come to Hebron: and there were yet sons and daughters born to David. (how many kids does this man need – and how much sex was he having. Seriously!)

Least favorite bit:

2 Samuel 5:6,7 – And the king and his men went to Jerusalem unto the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land: which spake unto David, saying, Except though take away the blind and the lame, thou shalt not come in hither: thinking, David cannot come in hither. Nevertheless David took the strong hold of Zion: the same is the city of David. (I guess the Jebusites were wrong).

Moral Lesson Learned:

It’s not a good idea to tell a bully that he can’t beat you up – he will, just to prove he can (2 Samuel 5)