Summary: Second Samuel 5:1-16 shows us the establishment of the kingdom of God on earth.
Perhaps as many as fifteen years earlier, the Prophet Samuel was sent by God to anoint young David as the future king over Israel (1 Samuel 16:1-13). David lived an incredibly full life after his anointing. He single-handedly killed Goliath, fought countless battles, evaded numerous murderous attempts on his life, and, after the death of King Saul, was anointed king over the southern territory of Judah at the age of twenty-two (2 Samuel 2:1-7). After a long war of seven and a half years, the northern territory of Israel collapsed with the death of Saul’s son, Ish-bosheth (2 Samuel 4:1-12). The stage was finally set for David to be anointed as king over all Israel, as God had promised so many years earlier.
Let’s read about David being anointed king of Israel in 2 Samuel 5:1-16:
1 Then all the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron and said, “Behold, we are your bone and flesh. 2 In times past, when Saul was king over us, it was you who led out and brought in Israel. And the Lord said to you, ‘You shall be shepherd of my people Israel, and you shall be prince over Israel.’ ” 3 So all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron, and King David made a covenant with them at Hebron before the Lord, and they anointed David king over Israel. 4 David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years. 5 At Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months, and at Jerusalem he reigned over all Israel and Judah thirty-three years.
6 And the king and his men went to Jerusalem against the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land, who said to David, “You will not come in here, but the blind and the lame will ward you off”—thinking, “David cannot come in here.” 7 Nevertheless, David took the stronghold of Zion, that is, the city of David. 8 And David said on that day, “Whoever would strike the Jebusites, let him get up the water shaft to attack ‘the lame and the blind,’ who are hated by David’s soul.” Therefore it is said, “The blind and the lame shall not come into the house.” 9 And David lived in the stronghold and called it the city of David. And David built the city all around from the Millo inward. 10 And David became greater and greater, for the Lord, the God of hosts, was with him.
11 And Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and cedar trees, also carpenters and masons who built David a house. 12 And David knew that the Lord had established him king over Israel, and that he had exalted his kingdom for the sake of his people Israel.
13 And David took more concubines and wives from Jerusalem, after he came from Hebron, and more sons and daughters were born to David. 14 And these are the names of those who were born to him in Jerusalem: Shammua, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon, 15 Ibhar, Elishua, Nepheg, Japhia, 16 Elishama, Eliada, and Eliphelet. (2 Samuel 5:1-16)
Did you know that on March 23, 2004 the Rev. Sun Myung Moon was crowned as king over the United States of America?
This coronation took place in the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C., when the Rev. Moon received a “Crown of Peace.” The Rev. Moon and his wife, Hak Ja Han, wearing robes of regal attire, had golden crowns placed on their heads during the ceremony, which was attended by a U.S. senator and several members of the House of Representatives.
It was clear that the Rev. Moon’s followers viewed the coronation ceremony as more than just an award. On Rev. Moon’s Family Federation for World Peace and Unifi¬cation website a few days later, top official Chung Hwan Kwak was quoted as saying, “So in effect, the crowning means America is saying to Father [that is, Rev. Moon], ‘Please become my king.’ ” Kwak went on to say, “The ‘outside’ view of the Capitol Hill event was that Father received a crown, an award for his years of dedication and leadership in reconciliation and peace-making. The ‘inside’ view of the event was that America surrendered to…the king’s position.”
The Rev. Moon and his followers were self-deluded in thinking that he was being crowned as king over America.
However, no such delusion belonged to all Israel as they anointed David as king over Israel.
David’s coronation as king over Israel must be understood as something unique, different from any other coronation. You see, God was establishing his kingdom on earth. And David was God’s chosen king. What we see in today’s lesson is nothing other than the establishment of God’s kingdom on earth.