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Monday, January 15 2018
Children Of King David: The Baby With No Name
"Because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die"
King David had at least 6 sons in Hebron during the civil war (see Children Of King David: Adonijah and Children Of King David: Absalom and Children Of King David: Chileab and Children Of King David: Amnon). He had over 13 more sons in Jerusalem after he captured the city (see Biblical Eras: The City Of David - When Jerusalem Became An Israelite City). Although only Tamar is identified by name, David also had many daughters (2 Samuel 5:13). No doubt there were other sons and daughter other than those listed.
There is one child of David however that is documented in greater detail than most of the others, although the baby's name is not recorded (if it even had one, yet - see the Fact Finder question below). Some even debate whether it was male or female.
That child died after only a few days - of "natural" causes. Not natural causes as in some illness, but from human nature, such as it has become since humans rebelled against their created-sinless state. That child was born, by no fault of its own (see the Fact Finder question below) because of the adultery committed by both of its parents, and by the murder committed by its father. That baby's parents were King David, and Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah.
The infamous incident was a consensual act of adultery; both were equally guilty, regardless of how it came about (some debate which of them was the actual mischief-maker, suggesting that the lonely Bathsheba, whose military-serving husband was away for some time, knew that she would be observed from the king's nearby palace, while David was with a number of always-present women). Both were married; Bathsheba to Uriah, and David to more than one wife. The timing of the result ("the woman conceived, and sent and told David, and said, I am with child") of the incident however greatly complicated the matter because the chronology of the conception would prove that her absent husband was not the father of her child.
"11:2 And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king's house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon. 11:3 And David sent and inquired after the woman. And one said, Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite? 11:4 And David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in unto him, and he lay with her; for she was purified from her uncleanness: and she returned unto her house. 11:5 And the woman conceived, and sent and told David, and said, I am with child." (2 Samuel 11:2-5 KJV)
When David's attempts to get Uriah to return home failed, in order to attempt to cover up their violation of the Seventh Commandment (against adultery), David violated the Sixth Commandment (against murder) - David arranged to have Uriah killed in battle.
"11:14 And it came to pass in the morning, that David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent it by the hand of Uriah. 11:15 And he wrote in the letter, saying, Set ye Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retire ye from him, that he may be smitten, and die.
After the death of Uriah, Bathsheba quickly married David in order to give the appearance that David was the father of her child - which he was anyway. If any humans knew about it (Joab very likely did - see the verses above), none were saying, "But the thing that David had done displeased the LORD."
"11:26 And when the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband was dead, she mourned for her husband. 11:27 And when the mourning was past, David sent and fetched her to his house, and she became his wife, and bare him a son. But the thing that David had done displeased the LORD." (2 Samuel 11:26-27 KJV)
The LORD sent the prophet Nathan to confront David (see also Who Has A Spirit Of Confrontation?). The royal rebuke began with a parable that was used to impress upon David that he was a hypocrite.
"12:1 And the LORD sent Nathan unto David. And he came unto him, and said unto him, There were two men in one city; the one rich, and the other poor. 12:2 The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds: 12:3 But the poor man had nothing, save one little ewe lamb, which he had bought and nourished up: and it grew up together with him, and with his children; it did eat of his own meat, and drank of his own cup, and lay in his bosom, and was unto him as a daughter.
Nathan then extinguished David's self-righteous anger by revealing that David himself was the man in the parable.
"12:7 And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul; 12:8 And I gave thee thy master's house, and thy master's wives into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things. 12:9 Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon. 12:10 Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife." (2 Samuel 12:7-10 KJV)
David then repented, and for the sake of the Messianic line of Abraham that will make possible a future resurrection of the innocent (see the Fact Finder question below), David was forgiven by the LORD. It was however the one thing that nearly cost David his salvation. No one is above the Law of God.
"12:13 And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD.
Fact Finder: When will all of the innocent who lost their physical lives in an untimely manner be resurrected?
This Day In History
This Day In History, January 15
69: Servius Sulpicius Galba (see The Roman Emperors: Galba), the Roman Emperor who succeeded Nero (see The Roman Emperors: Nero), was assassinated by the Praetorian guard in the Roman Forum (see also The Founding Of Rome: The Curious Tale Of Romulus and Remus).
1077: German Emperor Henry IV stood barefoot in the snow for three days at Canossa, Italy, pleading for a reversal of excommunication by Pope Gregory VII (see Emperors and Popes and The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation; also Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1493: Christopher Columbus set sail for Spain from the island known today as Hispaniola, thereby ending his first voyage to the New World. In reality, all of the 4 voyages of Columbus were limited to the islands of the Caribbean Sea area, not the "America" of the popular propaganda myth (see also Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).
1519: Spanish explorer Vasco Nunez de Balboa died at age 44. He was the head of the first stable settlement on the South American continent (1511), and the first known European to sight the Pacific Ocean (September 25 1513). His last years were troubled by conflicts with his superior, who had him seized on unfounded charges of rebellion and treason from which Balboa was condemned to death and beheaded.
1535: After his split with the Papacy, King Henry VIII became Supreme Head of the Church of England under the Act of Supremacy.
1541: King Francis I of France granted Jean-Francois Roberval a commission to settle "the province of New France" (what is today much of eastern Canada and New England) and for the spread of the "Holy Catholic faith."
1552: The Treaty of Chambord was signed by Henry II of France and several German princes including Maurice of Saxony who ceded Metz, Toul and Verdun to France.
1559: Elizabeth Tudor, daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn was crowned at Westminster Abbey as Queen Elizabeth I.
1582: The Peace of Jam-Zapolski was signed between Russia and Poland, ceding Livonia and Estonia to Poland.
1697: The citizens of Massachusetts spent a day of fasting and repentance for their roles in the 1692 Salem Witch Trial hysteria. Judge Samuel Sewall, who had presided over many of the 20 capital judgments, published a written confession acknowledging his own "blame and shame" (see also Innocent Unless Proven Guilty).
1759: The British Museum opened at Montague House in London.
1889: The Coca-Cola Company, then known as the Pemberton Medicine Company, was incorporated in Atlanta, Georgia. As its name indicates, the original formula for "Coke" used the same "natural" ingredients as that used for making various legal and illegal drugs (see What Is Sorcery?). The drug in the beverage was later replaced with sugar and caffeine to maintain its stimulant effects (see also Seed-Bearing Plants: For Food Or For Folly?).
1906: Britain relinquished its naval bases at Halifax, Nova Scotia and Esquimault, British Columbia to Canada.
1919: Karl Liebknecht, 48, and Rosa Luxemburg, 49, founders of the Spartacus League which in 1919 became the German communist party, were killed in Berlin by soldiers who were taking them to prison.
1922: The Irish Free State was formed.
1965: Former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill suffered a severe stroke.
1970: Israeli archaeologists reported uncovering additional evidence supporting the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD by military forces of the Roman empire (see What Did Jesus Christ Say About Those Stones? and Pella; also Legions Of Men And Angels).
1970: Biafran forces surrendered, thereby ending Biafra as an independent territory of Nigeria.
1971: The Aswan Dam was officially dedicated by President Sadat of Egypt and President Podgorny of the Soviet Union.
1973: Golda Meir became the first Prime Minister of Israel (see also Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah) to meet with a Pope.
2005: The European Space Agency's SMART-1 lunar orbiter discovered the "Earth" elements calcium, aluminum, silicon, iron, and others on the moon.