2 Samuel 8:1-14



 In the course of time, David defeated the Philistines and subdued them, and he took Metheg Ammah from the control of the Philistines.

David also defeated the Moabites. He made them lie down on the ground and measured them off with a length of cord. Every two lengths of them were put to death, and the third length was allowed to live. So the Moabites became subject to David and brought him tribute.

Moreover, David defeated Hadadezer son of Rehob, king of Zobah, when he went to restore his monument at the Euphrates River. David captured a thousand of his chariots, seven thousand charioteers and twenty thousand foot soldiers. He hamstrung all but a hundred of the chariot horses.

When the Arameans of Damascus came to help Hadadezer king of Zobah, David struck down twenty-two thousand of them. He put garrisons in the Aramean kingdom of Damascus, and the Arameans became subject to him and brought tribute. The Lord gave David victory wherever he went.

David took the gold shields that belonged to the officers of Hadadezer and brought them to Jerusalem. From Tebah and Berothai, towns that belonged to Hadadezer, King David took a great quantity of bronze.

When Tou king of Hamath heard that David had defeated the entire army of Hadadezer, 10 he sent his son Joram to King David to greet him and congratulate him on his victory in battle over Hadadezer, who had been at war with Tou. Joram brought with him articles of silver, of gold and of bronze.

11 King David dedicated these articles to the Lord, as he had done with the silver and gold from all the nations he had subdued: 12 Edom and Moab, the Ammonites and the Philistines, and Amalek. He also dedicated the plunder taken from Hadadezer son of Rehob, king of Zobah.

13 And David became famous after he returned from striking down eighteen thousand Edomites in the Valley of Salt.

14 He put garrisons throughout Edom, and all the Edomites became subject to David. The Lord gave David victory wherever he went.


My Thoughts

The Lord gave David victory wherever he went… this line is repeated a few times in this passage.  Clearly David is the anointed king of Israel.  The difficulty I have with this story is that it seems to be quite barbaric.  What is the point of killing people by measuring them off?  I am also pretty sure that the Law of Moses forbids the king from taking horses and chariots so why is David keeping some?

The way I see it is like this… God has anointed David but David is still a man (human).  He gets to choose how to live and what to do with the gift God has given him.  The same is true for us today, so many people use what God has given them in ways that are not so godly, but because we still experience the gifts we start to believe that how we are living is ok.  I believe that line in Spiderman… “with great power comes great responsibility” .  The way we live and exercise our gifts/anointing is important.  We need to draw closer to God and allow Him to change our hearts and minds.  When we are close to God we can’t help but choose to live in accordance with His will.  Draw close; allow him to lead you into spacious places today.


One thought on “2 Samuel 8:1-14

  1. Amen. I really like how you dealt with this scripture. I also struggle with the idea of God blessing such atrocities and I love how you draw us back to closeness with God. Because of the Cross, we can make mistakes and still be close to God. for me David’s relationship with God was the forerunner to the access we would have because of Jesus. Thank you Abba! xx

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