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Was David A Man Of God

I'm reading I and II Samuel. Why was David called "a man after God's own heart" when he was polygamous, adulterous and murderous? He received forgiveness for the Bathsheba incident and paid for the rest of his life, but he still had dozens of wives. Why was this "OK?"

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First, David was always open to God's truth. Secondly, he was quick to repent of his sins. That's why.

Many of us don't measure up to David in that regard.
---Leon on 5/6/08

His heart was to build God a house. That ministered to Him greatly since it is His own heart to have a house (a people) with His name. David also spent a lot of time worshipping. True worship always touches the heart of the Father.
---Linda6563 on 3/6/07

We need to realize that those men of God were many times types and shadows of Jesus. David had two wives he rescued to show one day Jesus would rapture two wives, the Jew and Gentile church of one spirit. Many wives show many parts of one body or stars that differeth in glory. We need to see those wives as the church or body of our Lord and not neccessarily ourselves. If it appears male-chauvenistic it might be wise to remember our Lord is Lord of lords and King of kings. Every knee shall bow to him.
---Heather on 6/24/06

Christina....if you are defining the devil as "... a very real spiritual, lost condition, that they were blind to/refused to see at the time because of their pride in their own knowledge and religiousity" then absolutely I agree with the definition. I believe we create evil (negative energy) by our own behavior.
---Grace on 6/21/06

I am not saying we should throw parts of the Bible out. I am saying that interpretation of the Bible is of essence. Interpretation means understanding. Example: if you said to someone today, "I am in a pickle" we would know that you are in a difficult position or predicament. However, if you wrote it down, and two thousand years later, people translated it a literal way, the meaning would be completely different. This is what I am talking about with scripture. Understanding.
---Grace on 6/21/06

It was ok for him to have more than one wife becasue it is not a sin to have more than one. Many great men of God had more than one. The Bible says God blessed Solomon with many wives. I believe it is the best to have only one but I haven't found any teaching that says more than one is a sin. Maybe someone else can show us.
---john on 6/21/06

Grace, It was Jesus who stated that "You belong to your father, the devil," to those He was speaking with. Jesus speaks ONLY the truth, and ALWAYS in unconditional love. We cannot pick and choose what we like or dislike from scripture.
---christina on 6/16/06

Grace, unconditional love prompts one to speak the truth regardless of what others might think. You may not like the word devil, but that does not negate his very real existence. Jesus was referring to a very real spiritual, lost condition, that they were blind to/refused to see at the time because of their pride in their own knowledge and religiousity. Do you dislike the word sin also?
---christina on 6/15/06

Christina......if you had a child, and your child wouldn't listen to you when you corrected her, her behavior would be disappointing to you. This is what I understand from the verse you quoted. We are all the children of God, however, sometimes our behavior is of the devil. I really don't like the word devil, so I will say instead, sometimes our behavior is negative and displeasing to God. However, we are still his children. Remember unconditional love?
---Grace on 6/13/06

Grace, you state we are all God's children. Not according to the word. John 8:42-44" "The only Father we have is God himself." 42 Jesus said to them, "If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and now am here. I have not come on my own; but he sent me. 43 Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say. 44 You belong to your father, the devil,"
---christina on 6/13/06

David humbled himself before the Lord, and wasn't ashamed to ask forgiveness for his sins. David was the appel of God's eye. He believed on God and trusted God. He is human just like everyone else and has temptation just as we do. But instead of hiding his sins, he went the Father to ask for forgiveness. We can learn alot from David.
---Rebecca_D on 6/12/06

God called David a man after his own heart because David confessed his sins like Helen said whereas Saul justified his sins. HINT: IF you confess your sins, He is faithful and just to forgive your sins and to cleanse you from all unrighteousness. Try to get a person to admit they were wrong OR better yet, tell them they hurt you and I bet they don't apologize. IF is the key word. Folks don't confess they did anything wrong, thus we walk around in a prideful nation today.
---Donna9759 on 6/9/06

The sovereigty of God.In other words God is God he chooses who he rewards and He chose David.David was a man, they make mistakes, I,ll bet my bottom dollar God already knew David was gonna make those mistakes you mentioned even before David was born.Friend Gods gonna use somebody and quess what ?every one of us that have or ever will live will sin.
---tom2 on 6/8/06

first let me say don,t point fingers at people. david was chosen by God to lead his people. David made the same mistakes that many people make EVEN today.but he wrote the book of psalms and served God all of his life. I think your looking at his miatakes and not his victories which were much more numerous, can we say the same thing?
---tom2 on 6/8/06

I believe it was because even though he failed time and again, when he repented it was real.
---Helen_5378 on 6/8/06

I believe we are all children of God; we are at different levels of spiritual growth, and we all make errors (sin). No one sin is greater than another. We make mistakes, we recover, we regress, but in the end, if we are headed toward the light, God is pleased.
---Grace on 6/8/06

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i appreciate your answers to my question about david. i guess that it is a classic example of grace.
---melissa on 6/8/06

In the statement that David was a man after God's own heart there is a clear understanding that David was a man and as such was a member of fallen mankind. But David loved God with all his heart and stay in a state of prayer and worship in his relationship with God. And God saw the desires of David's heart and honored David's intent.
---mima on 6/8/06

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