Kings, Sex and Money
2 Samuel 3:1-5 :
Now there was long war between Saul’s house and David’s house. David grew stronger and stronger, but Saul’s house grew weaker and weaker.
Sons were born to David in Hebron. His firstborn was Amnon, of Ahinoam the Jezreelitess; and his second, Chileab,
of Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite; and the third, Absalom the son of Maacah the daughter of Talmai king of Geshur;
and the fourth, Adonijah the son of Haggith; and the fifth, Shephatiah the son of Abital; and the sixth, Ithream, of Eglah, David’s wife.
These were born to David in Hebron.
The Bible makes it clear that, even though a war was going on, David grew stronger and stronger as the house of Saul
Saul grew weaker and weaker. This is what happens when a person fights against God. A person may seem very moral and they may feel
entitled to success, but morality is completely dependent on the one who makes the rules. Morality isn't something we feel is right.
It's whatever God says is right. God had made it clear that Saul was right for a time, but this was David's time. David knew not to
fight against God's choice, but the house of Saul foolishly decided to fight against what God clearly wanted.
As we read about David's sons, we learn about his family troubles. David obviously had an eye for women. It isn't a big
surprise that there were many women available to this good looking, God chosen, Goliath slayer. It is clear that David was
doing something wrong, though. God's morality for a king of Israel was well documented, and if David didn't know it,
he should have. Let's look at that again.
Deuteronomy 17:14-17 :
When you have come to the land which Yahweh your God gives you, and possess it, and dwell in it, and say,
“I will set a king over me, like all the nations that are around me”; you shall surely set him king over yourselves,
whom Yahweh your God chooses. You shall set as king over you one from among your brothers. You may not put a foreigner over you,
who is not your brother. Only he shall not multiply horses to himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt,
to the end that he may multiply horses; because Yahweh has said to you, “You shall not go back that way again.”
He shall not multiply wives to himself, that his heart not turn away. He shall not greatly multiply to himself silver and gold.
This is an extraordinary example of a prophetic law. It's as if Moses is talking directly to David! Having multiple wives is not
God's idea of a good time, and we are going to discover that it won't end up being David's either. Having multiple wives disrupts the
natural order that God planned into the universe. Notice what polygamy is listed next to here. Keeping wealth to one's self was just as bad.
It should be no surprise to us that two of the biggest temptations and life are the abuse of sex and money and a king is in a
position to acquire both. He is also an example to others. I take this to mean that none of us are to have multiple wives or to keep
wealth to ourselves. God's desire is clear. We should have one and only one wife, and we should share our wealth with others.