Thursday, October 23, 2008

David's Wars I Chronicle 18

I Chronicles 18:1 "Now after this it came to pass, that David smote the Philistines and subdued them, and took Gath and her towns out of the hand of the Philistines."

Up until David, the Philistines and other nations have had a pretty easy time of it, harassing Israel and taking cities and territory from them. No so, when David became king. He conducts a campaign that was victorious over many enemies.

v2 "And he smote Moab... v3 And David smote Hadarezer... v4 And David took from him a thousand chariots and seven thousand horsemen... v6 Then David put garrisons in Syria-damascus..."

David accumulated great wealth in these wars. He brought back gold, silver and brass. These things he stored up and Solomon used it in the building of the temple.

v11 "Them also king David dedicated unto the LORD, with the silver and the gold that he brought from all these nations, from Edom, and from Moab, and from the children of Ammon, and from the Philistines, and from Amalek."

Joab came to power during this time and was placed over the host.

v15 "And Joab the son of Zeruiah was over the host; and Jehosphaphat the son of Ahilud, recorder." v16 And Zadok the son of Ahitub, and Abimelech the son of Abiathar, were the priests; and Shavsha was scribe:"

I call these David's Wars because after this Joab took over on the battlefield for the most part. A king can get pretty busy with internal affairs.

v14 "So David reigned over all Israel, and executed judgment, and justice among all his people."

Psalm 2:3 "Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us."

Keywords: David, Joab, Chronicles, Old Testament, war, Israel. David defeats his enemies.

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