Notes from the Journey with David – 58

58. After he left Hebron, David took more concubines and wives in Jerusalem (2 Samuel 5:13).
Much has been made of Solomon’s excesses in the accumulation of women, but rarely is David’s behavior so scrutinized, Truth is, the patterns of one generation are typically magnified by the next. While David’s collection of wives didn’t bring idolatry into the kingdom, these actions still had to be a violation of God’s intent. After all, God warned against such behavior in the Law. These “perks’ of a kingdom are dangerous regardless of the size of the kingdom. Leaders who take avantage of special privilege may see various benefits as normal to the kingdom, but at some point, the leader must choose his own way. And, the best way is to guard one’s heart.

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