Today David is anointed as king over all of Israel. When the Philistines hear of David’s new position they set out to attack him but the Lord gives David victory over them. Then David conquers the city of Jerusalem from the Jebusites and there he takes more wives and concubines and has more children. Jerusalem will become the capital of Israel’s Kingdom and the location where the Lord’s temple will be built.
Hiriam, king of Tyre, befriends David and sends him resources to build his palace in Jerusalem. David’s son Solomon will also become friends with Hiriam. Hiriam will send Solomon supplies for the first temple of the Lord.
David’s next move as king is to bring the ark of God to Jerusalem from Kirjath Jearim, the place it has been since the Philistines took it which we read about on April 10th. So David and all of the house of Israel celebrate the arrival of the ark but they are not careful in handling it as the Lord instructed in Numbers 4:15 “…but they shall not touch any holy things, lest they die”. And that is what happens. Uzzah goes to steady an oxen on the ark of God and “…God struck him there for his error…” David becomes angry and afraid of the Lord so he leaves the ark with Obed-Edom for 3 months.
Tomorrow David will handle the ark of God properly, in accordance with God’s law, and it will be brought to Jerusalem. 🎉 But Michal, David’s first wife and Saul’s daughter, isn’t celebrating like her husband David. Keep reading to find out why.
(2 Samuel 5:1-3, 1 Chronicles 11:1-3, 1 Chronicles 12:23-40, 2 Samuel 5:17-25, 1 Chronicles 14:8-17, 2 Samuel 5:6-10, 1 Chronicles 11:4-9, 2 Samuel 5:13, 4-5, 11-12, 1 Chronicles 14:1-2, 1 Chronicles 13:1-5, 2 Samuel 6:1-11, 1 Chronicles 13:6-14)