Thursday, October 16, 2008

David's Kingdom Established I Chronicles 14

I Chronicles 14:2 "And David perceived that the LORD had confirmed him king over Israel, for his kingdom was lifted up on high, because of his people Israel."

And his kingdom was lifted up. We saw a couple of chapters back all the armed men he had. The Bible called them mighty men. In this chapter they go up against the bullies of the area and give them a sound whipping.

v11 "So they came up to Ball-perazim; and David smote them there. Then David said, God hath broken in upon mine enemies by mine hand like the breaking forth of waters; therefore they call the name of that place Baal-perazim."

See also II Samuel 5:17-21

David is settling in as king. The king of Hiram as sent materials and people to build David a house. David has married and married and had many children. He has attempted to bring up the ark but did it the wrong way. This chapter covers the happenings during this time (generally). The Philistines must have been thinking that they could not afford to loose their hold on Israel for they tried again to unseat David.

In this battle, the LORD gave David specific instructions to fight with a different battle plan. He was to come up behind the enemy and wait for the sound in the mulberry trees which would indicate that the LORD was attacking ahead of him.

v15 "And it shall be when thou shalt hear a sound of going in the tops of the mulberry trees, that then thou shalt go out to battle: for God is gone forth before thee to smite the host of the Philistines."

So the Philistines were defeated and the fame of David spread throughout the land.

Psalm 132:11 "The LORD hath sworn in truth unto David, he will not turn from it; Of the fruit of thy body will I set upon thy throne."

Keywords: Chronicles, Old Testament, David, Philistines, mulberry trees. David's kingdom is established, Philistines are defeated.

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