DISREGARDING God’s LAW invites DISASTER for our FUTURE: "So David knew that the Lord had established him as king over Israel, and that He had exalted His kingdom for the sake of His people Israel. And David took more concubines and wives from Jerusalem, after he had come from Hebron. Also more sons and daughters were born to David." (2 Sam. 5:12-13)
After many years of waiting, David finally became the king over Israel (v. 3). As David’s kingdom became firmly established and under his firm control, he began acquiring more wives and concubines for himself (v. 13), and these wives were in addition to the six he already had before through whom his six previous sons were born at Hebron (3:2–5). David would soon discover that becoming a successful king did not necessarily translate into success in personal and family life!
David was known as a ‘man after God’s own heart’ (1 Sam. 13:14; 16:7), and his son Solomon was the wisest man who ever lived on this earth (1 Kin. 3:12; 4:29–32; 10:3, 6–7, 24). Yet, they both violated God’s commandments by multiplying wives for themselves (2 Sam. 3:2–5; 5:13; 1 Kings 11:1–3). This was due to the fact that the status of kings in ancient times was often measured in part by the size of their harems. However, David’s polygamy led to enormous problems later as he tried to blend his various families together.
Bible scholars are united in the opinion that most of David’s marriages were political marriages that were used to seal treaties and for creating foreign alliances. In entering into these alliances, David was violating God’s commandment that stated: "neither shall he (the king of Israel) multiply wives for himself" (Deut. 17:17). Not only did David’s polygamy violate the Law, but it led to enormous problems as he tried to blend his various families together.
In fact, David’s polygamy led to problems in both his personal and family life, and set a poor example and a dangerous precedent that his successor, Solomon, would follow to his peril. Solomon married 700 wives and had 300 concubines, and even though he was the wisest king alive, these women turned his heart away from Jehovah to idols (1 Kin. 11:3). God judged him for that sin by allowing the kingdom to be divided after his death (11:9–13). Thus, the historical events taking place for David’s descendants demonstrate the biblical principle that the sins of the parents did extend “to the third and fourth generations” (Exo. 20:5).
Let us always remember that disregarding God’s law will surely invite disaster for our future! When we ignore sin and refuse to listen to God’s warning, we invite failure into our lives. Let us be always careful to check our actions and decisions by God’s standard, which is His Word, and make conscious efforts to obey God completely. Instead, if we follow our own carnal desires, then our ending will be one of tragedy and utter failure.