Second king of Israel, David united the northern and southern kingdoms. More gains victory when he trusts God and gains wealth with which to build the The Jerusalem temple, unlike the tabernacle, was a permanent structure, although (like the tabernacle) it was a place of worship and religious activity. On one occasion Jesus felt such activity was unacceptable and, as reported in all four Gospels, drove from the temple those engaged... More.
These chapters condense the extensive material of 2 The judge who anointed the first two kings of Israel More 8-21. Some of the distillation has been understood in terms of the Chronicler’s supposed idealization of David:
- The Ammonite War (2 Samuel 11-12) is omitted, possibly because of the derogatory nature of David’s adultery with Wife of David and mother of Solomon. More and murder of her husband, One of King David's military heroes and the husband of Bathsheba More, that the Samuel account contains.
- In a similar attempt to overlook negative portrayals of David, the struggles in David’s family that arose as a result of his sin (2 Samuel 13-21) fail to appear.
But then how does one account for the positive aspects of David’s story that are also eliminated in this distillation, such as David’s kindness toward Son of King Saul and friend of David More and Mephibosheth (2 Samuel 9), the birth of Solomon–the Chronicler’s other “hero” (2 Samuel 12:24-25)–and David’s splendid psalms (2 Samuel 22; 23:1-7)? Moreover, the Chronicler’s retelling of David’s census portrays David much more negatively (1 Chronicles 21). A more satisfying explanation, granting that the Chronicler was not interested in highlighting negative portrayals, is that the remaining material concerned with David’s military victories serves as the necessary transition between God’s promise to subdue all David’s enemies (17:10a) and the preparations for the building of the temple.
Since David’s military exploits disqualify him from building the temple (1 Chronicles 22:8; 28:3; compare 1 Kings 5:3), the possibility that David is being punished or blamed has often been raised. The narrative, however, is peppered with positive evaluations such as, “The LORD gave David victory wherever he went” (1 Chronicles 18:13b; see also 18:6b, 14; 19:13; 20:3, 4, 8). Rather, these materials may have been included to explain why David’s extensive preparations for the building of the temple were not fully realized in its actual construction. The wars did provide funding for the temple, as well as a continuing attestation of God’s Blessing is the asking for or the giving of God's favor. Isaac was tricked into blessing Jacob instead of his firstborn Esau. At the Last Supper Jesus offered a blessing over bread and wine. To be blessed is to be favored by God. More, but David’s role was to prepare; Solomon’s was to build.