[b-hebrew] children bear punishment for sins of parents - Examples
peterkirk at qaya.org
Sat Apr 23 13:00:45 EDT 2005
On 22/04/2005 14:30, George F Somsel wrote:
>>In 2Sam21, David did not recognize that Gibeonites have a right to
>>Saul's children. Indeed, Gibeonites were not bound by Hebrew
>>David rather recognized the merits of their vengeance. Saul, of
>>committed idolatry by sparing the animals for sacrifice, thus
>>sacrifices, the material, are more important than obedience.
>I think you misinterpret the passage. It begins
>WaY:HiY Rf(fB B.iYM"Y DfWiD . . . WaY:BaQ."$ D.fWiD )eT_P.:N"Y YHWH
>W:H"M.f HuM:TW. B.iYM"Y QfCiYR B.fRi)$ONiYM T:XiL.aT Q:CiYR #:(oRiYM
>This would serve to connect it to the judgment of God as well as David's
God told David that he had to do something about the situation. But that
doesn't mean that what David did was correct or that he was carrying out
God's judgment. For God didn't tell him to kill anyone. As the
Gibeonites recognised (v.4), they had no right to demand the death of
anyone, but David nevertheless responded to their request. And the
Gibeonites had already suggested silver or gold as an alternative. Why
didn't David pay them off in that way? Well, we can't understand the
politics in detail, but it seems to me that David was at that time
acting unrighteously, and using this as an excuse to get rid of his
potential enemies. And there are rulers today, even in democratic
countries, who conveniently hand over to less scrupulous foreigners
their potential enemies, such as terrorist "suspects" against whom there
is no evidence.
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