2 Samuel 8* David subdues the Philistines, the Moabites, and the Syrians.(1-8) The spoil dedicated. (9-14) David's government andofficers. (15-18) #1-8. David subdued the Philistines. They had long beentroublesome to Israel. And after the long and frequent strugglesthe saints have with the powers of darkness, like Israel withthe Philistines, the Son of David shall tread them all underfoot, and make the saints more than conquerors. He smote theMoabites, and made them tributaries to Israel. Two parts hedestroyed, the third part he spared. The line that was to keepalive, though it was but one, is ordered to be a full line. Letthe line of mercy be stretched to the utmost. He smote theSyrians. In all these wars David was protected, for this in hispsalms he often gives glory to God.9-14 All the precious things David was master of, werededicated things; they were designed for building the temple.The idols of gold David destroyed, #2Sa 5:21|, but the vesselsof gold he dedicated. Thus, in the conquest of a soul by thegrace of the Son of David, what stands in opposition to God mustbe destroyed, every lust must be mortified and crucified, butwhat may glorify him must be dedicated; thus the property of itis altered. God employs his servants in various ways; some, asDavid, in spiritual battles; others, as Solomon, in spiritualbuildings; and one prepares work for the other, that God mayhave the glory of all. 15-18 David neither did wrong, nor denied or delayed right toany. This speaks his close application to business; also hisreadiness to admit all addresses and appeals made to him. He hadno respect of persons in judgment. Herein he was a type ofChrist. To Him let us submit, his friendship let us seek, hisservice let us count our pleasure, diligently attending to thework he assigns to each of us. David made his sons chief rulers;but all believers, Christ's spiritual seed, are betterpreferred, for they are made kings and priests to our God, #Re1:6|.
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