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Unformatted text preview: Elizabeth Campbell Quiz #3 April 9, 2009 1. God doesn’t want the children of Israel to have a king because He is worried that if His children admire their leader’s power, wealth, and beauty, they will turn away from God. God would like to be the leader, but His people want a king; thus, He feels rejected. God feels as though wanting a king is comparable to worshipping other gods. For example, both David and Absalom embody the beautiful, yet bad, aspect of kings that God is afraid of. In addition, after Solomon’s kingship, the kingdom of Israel splits in two. During Solomon’s rule, people were put to work, and this reflects how the children of Israel often become servants to their kings. Solomon’s love of material possessions, similar to David’s and Absolam’s love of objects, results in the destruction of the kingdom and God’s act of turning away from kings and giving up on them. As a result, God no longer wants His representatives to be kings. 2. David is most guilty of breaking the seventh commandment, which is thou shalt not commit adultery. David sees Bathsheba as a beautiful object, and God is cautious about this: “David sent and fetched [Bathsheba] to his house, and she became his wife, and bare him a son. But the thing that David had done displeased the Lord” (2 Samuel 11:27). God punishes him because everything in David’s life is structured around his sexual appeal; thus, his good traits are always on the verge of becoming bad traits. However, his disobedience of the seventh commandment can also correlate with his disobedience of the first commandment. David admires what Bathsheba represents: beauty. His love of beauty and his appeal for material wealth somewhat leads him to commit adultery. He is worshipping wealth and worshipping Bathsheba’s beauty as opposed to worshipping God. Solomon is most guilty of also committing adultery. He possessed 300 wives and 700 concubines. However, these adulterous acts can also correlate with disobedience of the first commandment. He somewhat begins to worship idols. He loved his wives and slaves so much that he turned away from God. Solomon describes women’s bodies as architectural forms, and it sounds as if he is worshipping fertility gods. For this act of adultery mixed with idolatry, God also becomes angered: “And the Lord was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned from the Lord… but he kept not that which the Lord commanded” (1 Kings 11:9-10). 3. David’s great sin of both adultery and murder with Bathsheba illustrates the strength and power that he possessed during his kinship. When David saw Bathsheba bathing, he used his political craftiness and his warm, emotional, democratic connection with his people in order to get what he wanted: and that was Bathsheba. In addition, throughout this situation, he frequently used his political power to achieve what he wanted. He sent Joab to battle instead of himself, used his charm to take Bathsheba, and used his manipulation to kill Uriah. By doing so, he created perfect circumstances and used his manipulation to kill Uriah....
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This note was uploaded on 12/10/2009 for the course ENG 20006 taught by Professor Generaltso during the Spring '09 term at New Hampshire.
- Spring '09