CHARACTER STUDY: DAVID 12

KEY SCRIPTURE : 1 Samuel 27:1  “And David said in his heart, I shall now perish one day by the hand of Saul: there is nothing better for me than that I should speedily escape into the land of the Philistines; and Saul shall despair of me, to seek me any more in any coast of Israel: so shall I escape out of his hand”.

Saul’s continual pursuit of David made him to say that Saul will one day lay hold on him. He decided to leave the land of Israel and go to the Philistines to stay there. What did this decision imply?  It meant he was giving himself over to the enemies of Israel. In spite of these dangers he went and was accepted by King Achish. (God will always make a way for those who trust Him.) Now take this thought of wisdom; whenever you are thorn between two views as the following: Your present state offers no hope but destruction in view and the second option has a fifty-fifty chance of survival, please choose the second option. In.2nd kings 7 …. there were some four lepers in Samaria who were torn between staying in Samaria and dying of hunger or going to the camp of the Assyrians, where they would either be killed or accepted and given some food to eat. They decided to take the second option, and went forward only to see no enemy present but an abundance of food. If you find yourself in such a situation choose the second option that has a fifty percent chance of survival, than to remain in the old state and die.

The Bible describes a vivid picture of all the men with David who went to live in Philistine. 1st Samuel 27:3 says “And David dwelt with Achish at Gath, he and his men, every man with his household, even David with his two wives Ahinoam and Abigail.

At this stage David had two wives. Was it the will of God to have two wives? It was not wrong at that time; is it right for the child of God to have two wives now? A number of the Patriarchs had two wives or more. Does God allow for two wives?  We can understand every doctrine in its right way when we look at how and why God started it. In Genesis 2:24, the scripture said “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh”.

It takes only two people, a man and a woman to become one flesh. If there is a third person can it be said to be one flesh?  In Matthew 19, the Lord speaking on divorce said, whosoever shall put away his wife except it be for fornication and shall marry another commit adultery. Does this implies marrying a second wife makes you commit adultery? From what the Lord said it implies so. Why did God allow it?  The bible reveals a progressive revelation of how God has been dealing with His people. At some point in his dealings with men some siblings married each other, and gave birth. Adam’s children married each other to increase the human race. Later on, incest was no more allowed. (Lev.20:17) Coming to our discussion polygamy, The Lord Jesus emphasised that two becomes one flesh. A third person can’t make it one flesh, meanwhile God has intended that marriage should always make two people, a man and a woman one flesh.

   PRAYER

I pray for all children of God to humbly submit themselves to the revelation of God’s truth.

FURTHER STUDIES:

Matthew 19:9. And I say unto you, whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.

1 Timothy 3:2 ” A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;”

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