June 19, 2022
Today’s reading: 2 Samuel 5:13
The deadly effect of Polygamy
We read in 2 Samuel 5:13:
And David took more concubines and wives from Jerusalem, after he had come from Hebron. Also more sons and daughters were born to David.
We already read in 2 Samuel 3:2-5 how David already had six concubines/wives.
A lot of people saw this as proof that the Bible approves of polygamy. Nothing can be farther than the truth. In this regard, the text is only stating a fact and as we will see, David will reap the consequences of his sins.
For one, we need to remember that kings are prohibited to multiply their wives (Deuteronomy 17:17). We also know that this goes against God’s design of marriage (Genesis 2:24, Matthew 19:4-6).
So, what were the consequences of David’s disobedience? We read about the biggest troubles of David not coming from his enemies but from his own households.
Amnon raped his half-sister and was later killed by his half-brother. Chileab, Shephatiah, and Ithream might have died young or wicked men that only a few things were written about them. Absalom rebelled against David. Adonijah tried to seize David’s throne.
David’s passion for women led him to commit adultery with Bathsheba and murder Uriah.
We can see here that David handled trials better than success. There seem to be more troubles for David when he began to reign than when he was a fugitive.
The lesson for us here is clear: polygamy isn’t the ideal design for marriages. It is not and will never be the right way to establish relationships. Some people might approve of it, but God does not.
Yahshua told us, “We shall know them by their fruits.” Definitely, polygamy produces deadly, poisonous, and bitter fruits.
To learn more, please read, “Lessons from the Life of David: Defeating the GIANTS (Part 1).”
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