1. Did you know David had three wives before becoming King?
He had three wives even before he became king! Do you know who they are? Michal (Saul's daughter), Ahinoam and Abigail (Nabal's widow). I knew about Michal and Abigail, but Ahinoam was new to me. Because O.T. Bible characters had lots of wives, I thought there must have been some point where God decided to limit man to one wife but actually, God intended for man to have just one wife all along as Beth Moore points out based on these verses:
Man will leave his father and mother [not father and mothers] and be united to his wife [not wives], and they will become one flesh. (Genesis 2:24) You just can't be one flesh with two spouses.
Neither shall he (king) multiply wives to himself, that his heart turn not away.--Deuteronomy 17:172. Did you know David joined up with the Philistines while running from Saul?
David, his two wives (Ahinoam and Abigail) and his men dwelt with Achish, a Philistine for a year and four months! He even wanted to help the Philistine army fight, but the Philistine commanders didn't trust him so wouldn't let him go into battle with them. (See I Samuel 27 & 29)
3. Did you know that David's own men wanted to stone him at one point when their wives and children were kidnapped by the Amalekites?
While David and his men were trying to join the Philistines in battle, the Amalekites invaded Ziklag where they were staying and took all the women and children off and burned the city. David's men were so upset that they blamed David and talked about stoning him! (See I Samuel 30:1-6)
David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him, each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the Lord his God.--I Samuel 30:6The good news was that David asked God if they should chase after the Amalekites and go after the women and children and God said yes, and promised him victory. They fought 24 hours, but came back with all their women and children.
Remember, when things appear hopeless, when circumstances get us down, when people turn against us, find strength in the Lord our God. I am so glad God is my refuge and strength, a present help in trouble!
Source: Beth Moore's study: David, Seeking a Heart Like His
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