While I was doing my own studying, I came across this context of Scriptures. 2 Samuel 21:1-10. And it really disturbed me.
The Gibeonites Avenged
1 During the reign of David, there was a famine for three successive years; so David sought the face of the LORD. The LORD said, “It is on account of Saul and his blood-stained house; it is because he put the Gibeonites to death.”
2 The king summoned the Gibeonites and spoke to them. (Now the Gibeonites were not a part of Israel but were survivors of the Amorites; the Israelites had sworn to spare them, but Saul in his zeal for Israel and Judah had tried to annihilate them.) 3 David asked the Gibeonites, “What shall I do for you? How shall I make atonement so that you will bless the LORD’s inheritance?”
4 The Gibeonites answered him, “We have no right to demand silver or gold from Saul or his family, nor do we have the right to put anyone in Israel to death.”
“What do you want me to do for you?” David asked.
5 They answered the king, “As for the man who destroyed us and plotted against us so that we have been decimated and have no place anywhere in Israel, 6 let seven of his male descendants be given to us to be killed and their bodies exposed before the LORD at Gibeah of Saul—the LORD’s chosen one.”
So the king said, “I will give them to you.”
7 The king spared Mephibosheth son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, because of the oath before the LORD between David and Jonathan son of Saul. 8 But the king took Armoni and Mephibosheth, the two sons of Aiah’s daughter Rizpah, whom she had borne to Saul, together with the five sons of Saul’s daughter Michal, whom she had brought up to Adriel son of Barzillai the Meholathite. 9 He handed them over to the Gibeonites, who killed them and exposed their bodies on a hill before the LORD. All seven of them fell together; they were put to death during the first days of the harvest, just as the barley harvest was beginning.
So the context of the scripture goes like this, David goes to God about a famine in the land. God says it is because of King Saul you have this famine. So David makes a deal that seven of Saul’s grandsons shall be sacrificed before the LORD to calm the famine. (If using the KJV or NKJVversion. It gives an impression that God even chose which seven to be sacrificed.)
Wait it gets worst.
Not only did God and David chose the seven descendants of Saul. David is married to one of Saul’s daughters. So he isn’t just allowing any random stranger to be killed. He is allowing his own family to be slaughtered. This is somewhat sick. (Now depending on how you interpret my previous post. http://bittersweetend.wordpress.com/2012/02/22/did-michal-have-any-children/ He is either allowing his own sons or his nephews to be slaughtered for a sacrifice.) How can any man allow his own family to be killed like that.
And I think out of all the things, that are disheartening about this passage, is that GOD is okay with this. He even encourages it, by picking out the seven innocent family members of King David to be murdered.
P.S. Now I ask myself. Was God just in his actions to the seven men in allowing them to be killed for something their father did?