May 14, II Samuel 8:1-8
David wages ware against the Philistines, and the Moabites and defeats then but there are some problems. Let's first look at verse 2, the way it reads one would think that David lined up the Moabites and just slaughtered them but translations aren't always accurate. Consider that the word measure could also mean fought and defeated as in we took their measure. So this might actually mean that David and his army defeated them and their bodies lined the ground. Then it reads that David defeated Hadadezer who had 1700 horsemen, 20000 infantry and more than 100 chariots. Some translations read that David hamstrung the horses, that would simply be cruel, other commentaries believe it should read that he disabled the chariots, which makes more sense. God told Israel not to multiply horses, not to use horses or chariots in warfare. God's people and God's army was always to rely on Him and not their own strength. Great example here as David overcame all of these superior forces with infantry. An area that I wonder if it may have been a mistake, David took from the defeated armies survivors and made them servants. He also made the Syrians subject, I think perhaps he should have just driven them out of Israel, let them establish their own lands, by having the pagans around the influence for idolatry is so much stronger. I don't advocate a total isolation, even today believers have to live in the world and sometimes do business with pagans, but I wouldn't bring them into my family.