CHARACTER STUDY: KING DAVID 33

KEY SCRIPTURE: 2 Samuel 21:1 ” Then there was a famine in the days of David three years, year after year; and David enquired of the LORD. And the LORD answered, it is for Saul, and for his bloody house, because he slew the Gibeonites”.

 In 2nd Samuel 21 the scriptures spoke about a famine that hit the land of Israel for 3 years. David enquired of the Lord, why this was happening and the Lord said it was because of Saul’s mistreatment of the Gibeonites who had entered into a covenant with the people of Israel, in the days of Joshua. Joshua 9:14,15 “And the men took of their victuals and asked not counsel at the mouth of the Lord. And Joshua made peace with them and made a league with them, to let them live and the princes of the congregation swore unto them”. These Gibeonites deceived Joshua and his men that they came from a far country.  Joshua did not enquire from the Lord before making peace with them.

  It is always    good to seek God’s will on every agreement you want to sign with anyone, especially Marriage. Because of this covenant, God also accepted that Israel should forever be at peace with them. When Saul broke that agreement, it took a couple of years to affect Israel, that is in David’s time.

No one should take any covenant, agreement or vow for granted. It may be a business agreement. It may be a vow to do something for somebody. Spirits always witnesses agreement between men. God is the witness to every normal agreement humans settle on. When one party fail to honour his part, although it is between humans, he or she cannot be free from God’s laws. Every agreement or covenant is a moral matter which is always determined   by the laws of God. In this case, you have offended a man by breaking God’s law, so you can’t ask God for forgiveness until you settle the man. God’s laws favours the one suffering. You might have been unfaithful towards a man, but God’s law is what you have broken. He (God) will come against you. Marriage partners who mistreat each other or one partner will come under God’s judgement. Malachi 2:14 “Yet ye say, wherefore? Because the Lord has been a witness between thee and the wife of thy youth against whom thou have dealt treacherously, yet is she not thy companion and the wife of the covenant?”.

In David’s story the Gibeonites requested for seven people from the house of Saul to be hanged or killed. Until the Gibeonites were settled the curse of famine would remain with the house of Israel. (2nd Samuel 21:6). David spared Mephibosheth, Jonathan’s son, because of the covenant that existed between him and Jonathan. He took sons and grandsons of Saul totaling seven, and gave them to the Gibeonites. In our days many people including Christians play down on covenants, agreements and vows. No breaker of these things goes free. Let’s be very careful.

 PRAYER

We pray for all marriage couples to keep their marriage covenants faithfully. May all persons keep faithful to their terms of agreement?

FURTHER STUDIES.

Malachi 2:14-17 ” Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because the LORD hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant. And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore, take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth. For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away: for one covereth violence with his garment, saith the LORD of hosts: therefore, take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously. Ye have wearied the LORD with your words. Yet ye say, wherein have we wearied him? When ye say, every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the LORD, and he delighteth in them; or, where is the God of judgment?”

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