The Lord was with David even in his punishment

2 Samuel Bible Background

04.27.2015 Old Testament: 2Sa 17.21–22

To read the Bible in a year, read Second Samuel 17–18 on April 27, In the year of our Lord 2015

By Don Ruhl

David had to run from his son Absalom, because of David’s own sin. The Lord had told David that the sword would not depart from his house, since he had ordered the death of an innocent man. Yet, when David prayed to the Lord for help, in particular asking the Lord to turn the counsel of his old friend Ahithophel into foolishness, the Lord answered his prayer and allowed David to get away,

Now it came to pass, after they had departed, that they came up out of the well and went and told King David, and said to David, “Arise and cross over the water quickly. For thus has Ahithophel advised against you.” So David and all the people who were with him arose and crossed over the Jordan. By morning light not one of them was left who had not gone over the Jordan (2 Samuel 17.21–22). 

While the Lord had to have David suffer for his sin, the Lord did not want to destroy David, because he was a man who typically did good. The Lord may punish in this life, but He does so with mercy.

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