Remarkable Military Success

In 2 Samuel 8:9–12, having witnessed David’s remarkable military successes, Tou (Heb. Toi) king of the Aramean city-state of Hamath, decided to capitulate without struggle and become a vassal of Israel. To symbolize this move he sent his son Joram (or Hadoram, 1 Chronicles  18:10) to David laden with precious articles of silver and gold and bronze.

These David added to all the other spoils he had gained in previous campaigns (2 Sam. 8:11–12): Edom (cf. v. 14); Moab (cf. v. 2); Ammonites (cf. chap. 10); Philistines (cf. 8:1); and Amalek (David’s conquest of Amalek is not narrated in the OT). All these spoils he dedicated to the service of the Lord (1 Kings 7:51).

In 2 Samuel 8:13–14. Finally David gained widespread fame by defeating an Aramean army of 18,000 in the Valley of Salt, a marshy plain south of the Dead Sea. Though “Aram” (i.e., “Arameans”) is in most Hebrew manuscripts, the Septuagint and some other versions have “Edom,” a reading that is also supported by a few Hebrew manuscripts and by 1 Chronicles 18:12. The difference in the original language is in only one letter: d (as in Edom) and r (as in Aram), easily confused in Hebrew. If “Aramean,” it may be that the Edomites had solicited Aramean help against Israel. In any event, David again prevailed and brought Edom also under his rule. The Lord gave David victory everywhere he went.

By | 2018-10-02T11:37:45-05:00 October 3rd, 2018|Categories: All, Promises|

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Pastor Phil, his wife Carol, and their three children, started in Bixby over 23 years ago when New Beginnings was meeting in a downtown Bixby store front. As a result of God's blessings, New Beginnings has become one of the fastest growing churches in Oklahoma. Pastor Phil graduated from Tulsa East Central High School (1978), and Tulsa University (1982). After serving for 11 years as a Student Pastor, at the age of twenty-nine Phil began to pastor his first church in Edgewater, Colorado. Phil received a Master’s Degree from Denver Theological Seminary (1994) and completed his doctorate in Missions and Evangelism at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2012. Phil and Carol are honored to serve God in a Kingdom minded church, with joy and longevity.

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