Monday, May 7, 2012


2 Sam 10:2 -  “Then said David, I will shew kindness unto Hanun the son of Nahash, as his father shewed kindness unto me. And David sent to comfort him by the hand of his servants for his father. And David's servants came into the land of the children of Ammon.”  David's mother was most likely the second wife of Jesse, the first wife being the mother of David's half-brothers. Jesse’s first wife's standing before the 'righteousness of the law', (her not having been married to, or the concubine of, a heathen king, as was David’s mother), would have been superior to that of David's mother, and explains why David's half-brothers, Jesse's other sons, would have felt they were superior to David, and why he would be accused of being prideful, for thinking he was as good as them....

1 Sam 17:28-30 - (v. 28)  “And Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spake unto the men; and Eliab's anger was kindled against David, and he said, Why camest thou down hither? and with whom hast thou left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know thy pride, and the naughtiness of thine heart; for thou art come down that thou mightest see the battle.  (v. 29)  And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause?  (v. 30)  And he turned from him toward another, and spake after the same manner: and the people answered him again after the former manner.”  ...and why David was not considered, by his father Jesse, as `true' a son as his half-brother. Samuel had called Jesse and his sons, and thus expected `all' his sons, to the sacrifice (1 Sam 16:5,11). Jesse, having been told to bring `his sons' by a prophet of the Lord everyone feared (1 Sam 16:4), was confident he had obeyed the prophet, even knowing he did not bring David....

1 Sam 16:11 -  “And Samuel said unto Jesse, Are here all thy children? And he said, There remaineth yet the youngest, and, behold, he keepeth the sheep. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Send and fetch him: for we will not sit down till he come hither.”  ....which would be consistent with God's sometimes choosing that which men esteemed as worthless (the `least') to be the greatest: (Gideon- Jud 6:15; King Saul - 1 Sam 9:21; Jesus- Mt 2:6, Lk 9:48).  David's mother was apparently a Jewish woman, because `no Ammonite shall enter the congregation of the Lord to the 10th generation’ (Deu 23:3), and yet in Ps. 86:16 and Ps. 116:16, David refers to himself as "the son of thy handmaid", which would seem to testify to his mother's relationship with the Lord.  David's mother was, in the eyes of Jewish law, considered 'defiled' by her previous relationship to an Ammonite (Num. 25:1, 2; Deut. 7:3, 4; 1 kgs. 11:2-4, Ezra 9:2; Neh. 13:23, 25; 2 Co 6:14-17.

This is not to be accepted as truth - it is intended for consideration only.

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