Feb. 14. David’s Kingdom Extended

II Sam. 8:1-9:13; I Chron. 18:1-17

Man’s wickedness against God and His people will eventually be punished. Israel, as God’s chosen people had suffered because of their own sins, but He also used them to take His vengeance upon other sinful nations.

David was well established in his kingdom and began with God’s help to expand its borders. He defeated the Philistines, Moabites, Zobahites and Syrians. In capturing their armies, David was able to expand his forces with captured personnel and equipment. His wealth also increased from other spoils of battle. He became allies with some nations who had been common enemies with those whom he had conquered. They in turn brought gifts for his treasury, which eventually became part of the temple’s furnishings.

Joab continued as David’s army commander; Jehoshaphat was recorder; Zadok and Ahimelech were the priests; Seraiah was scribe; Benaiah was over his personal troops and his sons were chief ministers.

In all of David’s conquests, he did not forget his respect for Saul and his love of Saul’s son, Jonathan. After the death of Jonathan, the nurse caring for his son, Mephibosheth fled for the safety of herself and her five year old charge. In their haste, the boy fell and permanently injured his feet causing him to be lame. Upon learning of Mephibosheth, David sent for him and restored all the land of Saul, his grandfather and took him into his own family.