Zion

Bob Marley made Zion famous again when I was growing up.  He held up Zion as an image of freedom and hope.  The Jewish people are derided as ‘Zionist’ by their neighbours.  As an accusation, Zionism is een as a conquering nationalism where Jewish people have created a country in a land that they have no right to own.

In 2 Samuel 5 David conquers Zion and sets up his capital on the mountain.  The mount becomes a symbol of God’s dwelling with mankind.  Mount Zion becomes a physical and spiritual focus for Israel.  Zion is used to talk about a reestablishment of a Theocracy where God reigns from a central location of power.  Many Christians believe that God will set up a new Zion-centered kingdom and Christ will rule.  What do you think?

2 Samuel 5

1 All the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron and said, “We are your own flesh and blood. 2In the past, while Saul was king over us, you were the one who led Israel on their military campaigns. And the LORD said to you, ‘You will shepherd my people Israel, and you will become their ruler.’”

3When all the elders of Israel had come to King David at Hebron, the king made a covenant with them at Hebron before the LORD, and they anointed David king over Israel.

4 David was thirty years old when he became king, and he reigned forty years. 5In Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months, and in Jerusalem he reigned over all Israel and Judah thirty-three years.

David Conquers Jerusalem

6 The king and his men marched to Jerusalem to attack the Jebusites, who lived there. The Jebusites said to David, “You will not get in here; even the blind and the lame can ward you off.” They thought, “David cannot get in here.” 7Nevertheless, David captured the fortress of Zion—which is the City of David.

8 On that day David had said, “Anyone who conquers the Jebusites will have to use the water shaft to reach those ‘lame and blind’ who are David’s enemies.[a]” That is why they say, “The ‘blind and lame’ will not enter the palace.”

9 David then took up residence in the fortress and called it the City of David. He built up the area around it, from the terraces[b] inward. 10And he became more and more powerful, because the LORD God Almighty was with him.

11 Now Hiram king of Tyre sent envoys to David, along with cedar logs and carpenters and stonemasons, and they built a palace for David. 12Then David knew that the LORD had established him as king over Israel and had exalted his kingdom for the sake of his people Israel.

13 After he left Hebron, David took more concubines and wives in Jerusalem, and more sons and daughters were born to him. 14 These are the names of the children born to him there: Shammua, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon, 15 Ibhar, Elishua, Nepheg, Japhia, 16Elishama, Eliada and Eliphelet.

David Defeats the Philistines

17 When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king over Israel, they went up in full force to search for him, but David heard about it and went down to the stronghold. 18 Now the Philistines had come and spread out in the Valley of Rephaim; 19so David inquired of the LORD, “Shall I go and attack the Philistines? Will you deliver them into my hands?”

   The LORD answered him, “Go, for I will surely deliver the Philistines into your hands.”

20 So David went to Baal Perazim, and there he defeated them. He said, “As waters break out, the LORD has broken out against my enemies before me.” So that place was called Baal Perazim.[c] 21The Philistines abandoned their idols there, and David and his men carried them off.

22 Once more the Philistines came up and spread out in the Valley of Rephaim; 23 so David inquired of the LORD, and he answered, “Do not go straight up, but circle around behind them and attack them in front of the poplar trees. 24 As soon as you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the poplar trees, move quickly, because that will mean the LORD has gone out in front of you to strike the Philistine army.” 25 So David did as the LORD commanded him, and he struck down the Philistines all the way from Gibeon[d] to Gezer.

Questions

  1. How is David’s family increased?
  2. How is David’s domain stabilized?
  3. How is Zion viewed by the people?
  4. How is Zionism used in modern speech?
  5. What do you think is God’s role for Zion?
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About Plymothian

I teach at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. My interests include education, biblical studies, and spiritual formation. I have been married to Kelli since 1998 and we have two children, Daryl and Amelia. For recreation I like to run, play soccer, play board games, read and travel.
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14 Responses to Zion

  1. Melisa Guiles says:

    1. David takes more wives and concubines.
    2. The elders of the people come to him and make him King over all of Israel and Judah
    3. Zion is seen as an impenetrable city and they don’t think that David will be able to take it.
    4. It is used for the Jewish Movement that is trying to reclaim the land for Israel.
    5. I think that the Jewish people will be given their allotted land because that was part of the covenant that God made with Abraham and it has yet to be fulfilled.

  2. 1. David gets himself some more wives.
    2. He becomes king.
    3. As an impossible place to enter.
    4. No idea.
    5. Again, no idea. 😦

  3. Kristin Goffinet says:

    1) David took more wives and concubines, and had more children.
    2) David is anointed by the elders.
    3) Zion is the city of God that will never be destroyed soon.
    4) It is somtimes used to refer to Heavenly things, I think
    5) One day Zion will be restored as the Lord’s city.

  4. Sokloon Dy says:

    1. David took more concubines and wives, and had more children.
    2. they built a palace for him.
    3. Zion is the entire city of Jerusalem along with the temple. David built his city there.
    4. racism

  5. Melisa Guiles says:

    1. David’s family is increased as he took more concubines and had more sons and daughters.
    2. The elders made a covenant with David and anointed him king over all of Israel.
    3. They viewed Zion as a an impossible place to go to, but David captures the fortress of Zion.
    4. Zionism is now a Jewish political movement.
    5. I think God’s role for Zion is to use in someday to loudly proclaim His Kingship and rule over all.

  6. Jessica Gentry says:

    So The previous post that says it is was done by Melisa Guiles, was actually mine ha I just borrowed her computer and forgot to change the name and email. Sorry.

  7. Rebecca Langer says:

    1.How is David’s family increased?
    He gets more concubines and wives.
    2.How is David’s domain stabilized?
    He continues to capture forts and is built a palace.
    3.How is Zion viewed by the people?
    Zioin is viewed as the city of David.
    4.How is Zionism used in modern speech?
    It is used to describe the future kingdom of God.
    5.What do you think is God’s role for Zion?
    I think that he will reign there as King with Zion being his palace. 🙂

  8. Cassie Clark says:

    1.By concubines and wives
    2.Through conquering of the Jebusites and Philistines.
    3.It is the City of David.
    4.It’s seen as an image of freedom and hope.
    5.It has something to do with Israel’s king reigning over them when all hope and freedom is restored.

  9. Moon Jung Kim says:

    1.How is David’s family increased? fter he left Hebron, David took more concubines and wives in Jerusalem, and more sons and daughters were born to him
    2.How is David’s domain stabilized? They captured the fortress of Zion and built their kingdom. Also God was always with David and his army when they were in a battle.
    3.How is Zion viewed by the people? people thought David and his army were not able to enter the fortress.
    4.How is Zionism used in modern speech? a racial movement to build a Jewish nation in Palestine.
    5.What do you think is God’s role for Zion? ….

  10. HeeJin,Choi says:

    1.How is David’s family increased?
    – He took more concubines and wives in Jerusalem and more his children were born.
    2.How is David’s domain stabilized?
    – By listening to what God has told David to do.
    3.How is Zion viewed by the people?
    – the place where Israel was reestablished.
    4.How is Zionism used in modern speech?
    – Jewish political movement that, in its broadest sense, has supported the self-determination of the Jewish people in a sovereign Jewish national homeland(wikipedia).
    5.What do you think is God’s role for Zion?
    – God will reestablish this world just like He did for Israel.

  11. Sandra Tindle says:

    1. David’s family is increased by him taking more concubines when he conquers Zion.
    2. David’s domain is stabilized when he builds up the City of David.
    3. Zion is viewed by the people as something that God has promised them.
    4. Zionism in modern speech is used to refer to the movement of returning Jews to Israel.
    5. I think God’s role for Zion is that he is in control of it, and one day Christ will rule from there.

  12. Grace Yoo says:

    1. David’s family is increased by him taking more concubines which provide more children.

    2. David’s domain is stabilized when he listens to what God asks him to do builds the city of David.

    3. Zion is viewed by the people as the city of David.

    4. I am not sure how Zionism is used in Modern speech. I have not heard it being used before.

    5. I think that God’s role for Zion is to reestablish it just as He did for Israel.

  13. aaron wright says:

    1. move concubines and wives!
    2. anointed king by the elders
    3 impenetrable

  14. HyeJin Lee says:

    1.How is David’s family increased?
    It was increased by him taking more concubines
    2.How is David’s domain stabilized?
    It was stabilized when David built the city of David.
    3.How is Zion viewed by the people?
    It was viewed by people as a sing of God providing and dwelling with them.
    4.How is Zionism used in modern speech?
    5.What do you think is God’s role for Zion?
    To estabilish again.

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