2 Samuel 21-Various Stories of David’s Reign–Making Amends to Gibeah

After David became king, God caused a famine in the land. When David inquired to the Lord about the reason for the famine. God told David the famine was a result of the killing of the Gibeonites by Israel at Saul’s direction.  So David went to the Gibeonites and sought to make amends.  The Gibeonites wanted the lives of 7 of Saul’s family. With great sadness, David complied and sent 7 of Saul’s descendants to Gibeah, where they were killed.  In addition, David reclaimed the bodies of Saul and Jonathan and returned the bones to be buried in the family grave.  His efforts appeased God and the famine was over and the peoples were healed.
 
Throughout life, we are faced with tasks we wished we did not have to perform. Whether king or humble servant–the journey we take has tough moments.  If we will continue to seek God and follow his lead, he will show us how to overcome the barriers and obstacles in our lives.  As we do, we can help to make things right for others as well.  Like David, our first stop must be at the throne of God. When we get there, the Lord will give us what we need to proceed.  Help me, Lord to understand what it takes to complete the journey You have set out!
 
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The king summoned the Gibeonites and spoke to them. (Now the Gibeonites were not a part of Israel but were survivors of the Amorites; the Israelites had sworn to spare them, but Saul in his zeal for Israel and Judah had tried to annihilate them.) David asked the Gibeonites, “What shall I do for you? How shall I make atonement so that you will bless the Lord’s inheritance?”

The Gibeonites answered him, “We have no right to demand silver or gold from Saul or his family, nor do we have the right to put anyone in Israel to death.”

“What do you want me to do for you?” David asked.

They answered the king, “As for the man who destroyed us and plotted against us so that we have been decimated and have no place anywhere in Israel, let seven of his male descendants be given to us to be killed and their bodies exposed before the Lord at Gibeah of Saul—the Lord’s chosen one.”

So the king said, “I will give them to you.”

The king spared Mephibosheth son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, because of the oath before the Lord between David and Jonathan son of Saul. But the king took Armoni and Mephibosheth, the two sons of Aiah’s daughter Rizpah, whom she had borne to Saul, together with the five sons of Saul’s daughter Merab,[a] whom she had borne to Adriel son of Barzillai the Meholathite. He handed them over to the Gibeonites, who killed them and exposed their bodies on a hill before the Lord. All seven of them fell together; they were put to death during the first days of the harvest, just as the barley harvest was beginning.

10 Rizpah the daughter of Aiah took sackcloth and spread it out for herself on a rock. From the beginning of the harvest till the rain poured down from the heavens on the bodies, she did not let the birds touch them by day or the wild animals by night. 11 When David was told what Aiah’s daughter Rizpah, Saul’s concubine, had done, 12 he went and took the bones of Saul and his son Jonathan from the citizens of Jabesh Gilead. (They had stolen their bodies from the public square at Beth Shan, where the Philistines had hung them after they struck Saul down on Gilboa.) 13 David brought the bones of Saul and his son Jonathan from there, and the bones of those who had been killed and exposed were gathered up.

14 They buried the bones of Saul and his son Jonathan in the tomb of Saul’s father Kish, at Zela in Benjamin, and did everything the king commanded. After that, God answered prayer in behalf of the land.

Author: Michael Smith

This is an amazing Journey. I hope you will hear from the Lord, as you seek Him with your heart. Matthew 6:33

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