Davids military victories, and his stable organised government.
David’s military victories are hard reading for a lefty peacenik like me. But my dad fought in war, I do get war. It’s not god’s plan.
In the new Jerusalem wars will cease, god will shatter the spear. They spring from the evil in our hearts. It’s like “choose your evil”. Believers get caught in them, some standing against, some joining in. But there are ways to do war.
David’s cruel treatment of Moab, randomly killing many, was not racism, his great grandmother was Ruth the Moabite. They must have represented a major threat.
Given the headlines right now about Syria, David’s body count there makes my heart stop. How long will this go on?
But they lived in a bloody, kill or be killed region. He is sharp and effective, does it once and does it right.
His decisive victories, done in a spirit of subjugation to God’s will, bought to an end conflicts that have been going on for the whole time Israel has been in the promised land.
This campaign would not have been needed if the people had followed god’s commands about taking the promised land when they moved in.
And he’s not one of those rulers who are good at military stuff so make war for the heck of it.
He makes peace if neighbours offer peace. He’s about good rule. His adminstration is fair, prosperous and organised.