David, the new king, has many faults. He feels the same we do and has the same weaknesses as the people he rules. He starts his rule well, uniting the country, and praising the Lord but those faults shine through, and he ends killing to get what he wants...
The Israelite army, led by Joab, have destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah.
One morning, King David, (who was still in Jerusalem) got up and saw a most beautiful woman bathing. He found out this was Bathsheba, wife of Uriah the Hittite. He called her to his palace and slept with her and she became pregnant. King David then called Uriah the Hittite and he came. David asked Uriah to do a simple thing but he wouldn’t listen. King David ordered Joab to put Uriah in the frontlines then withdraw, as to kill him. The Israelite army did so and many of them were killed, including Uriah the Hittite. But this thing David had done had displeased the Lord. The Lord sent Nathan to David to point out his wrongs. David, unlike Saul, didn’t make excuses for his sin. David wrote Psalm 51. Nathan said to David, “You have repented, and will live. But the son Bathsheba bore for you will die.” David pleaded with God but the child died none-the-less. David then wrote another Psalm, but this of sadness. David and Bathsheba had another child, named Solomon.
At this time, David’s son Absalom had been making a rebellion against David, by challenging his political position. So he was now recognized as a traitor. Despite this, he was still David’s son, and David cared for him.
King David sent out his army and asked the commanders, Joab, his brother Abishai and Ittai the Gittite, to be gentle with Absalom, his son, whom they were fighting against. During the battle, Absalom was riding his mule and it ran through a thicket. Absalom’s hair was caught and he was hanging. A man that saw this told Joab and Joab said to him, “You saw him? Why didn’t you strike him to the ground right there and then? I would have given you 10 shekels of silver and a warrior’s belt.” The man replied with, “In our hearing, King David told us to protect the young man, and nothing escapes the Kings eyes.” Joab had had enough and took 3 javelins and plunged them through Absalom’s heart. When the news got back to David, he grieved and mourned for his son.
David began to realise his life was coming to a close and the magnificent temple he had begun to build for the Lord was not finished. He realised he would have to give the mantle to his son Solomon. He then wrote a quite well know Psalm, Psalm 23.
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