The Consequences Of Killing Humans (3)


King David had lust for Uriah’s wife called Bathsheba. For the sake of the wife, David caused Uriah to be sent to the toughest point of the battle field where he was killed. After Uriah had been so killed, David took Bathsheba to be his wife. (2 Samuel chapter 2). David and his descendants got severely punished by God for that dastardly act of David. God cursed David and his house as follows in 2 Samuel 12:9 – 11: “Wherefore have you despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in his sight? You have killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and have taken his wife to be your wife, and have slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon. Now therefore the sword shall never depart {rom your house; because you have despised Me, and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife. Thus says the LORD, Behold, I will raise up evil against you out of your own house, and I will take your wives before your eyes, and give them to your neighbor, and he shall lie with your wives in the sight of this sun.”

These curses manifested in David and his descendants.

(i) First, the child that was born by Bathsheba out of the illicit sexual act between David and Bathsheba died (Samuel 12:14 – 18).

(ii) Second, Amnon, one of David’s sons, raped his half sister (Tamar) who was a full-blooded sister of Absalom, all of them being children of David. Consequent upon that, Absalom killed Amnon (2 Samuel Chapter 13). This happened in the lifetime of David and also to fulfill the prophecy that the sword shall never depart from the house of David.

(iii) Third, during King David’s lifetime, his son Absalom led a revolution aimed at taking the throne from David. Thus, there was a war between the army of Absalom and the army of David. This sort of war was such that whichever way it ended, David would be a loser. If Absalom succeeded, then David would be killed by the army of Absalom. Conversely, if David succeeded, then Absalom would be killed and that meant that David had lost a son. Eventually, it was the latter that happened and David wept bitterly for the death of his son, Absalom (2 Samuel Chapters 15, 16, 17, 18 & 19:1- 4).

Fourth, Absalom slept with the wives/concubines of David on the roof-top while being watched by people (2 Samuel 16:21-22).

(v) In like manner, after the death of David, God chose not the eldest surviving son of David (named Adonijah) to succeed David as king. He rather chose a younger son (named Solomon) born by the erstwhile wife of Uriah (Bathsheba) to so succeed David. This was bound to create discord/rancour in the house­hold of David. While Solomon was on the throne, his half brother (Adonijah) requested from Solomon to be allowed to have as his (Adonijah’s) wife, Abishaq – the Shunamite woman who was brought to give warmth to David during his (David’s) old age. That request angered Solomon who consequently killed Adonijah (1 Kings Chapters 1 & 2). So, truly, the sword did not depart from the house of David, even after his death, because of the blood guilt from the killing of Uriah.

As it is common in the present day, King Ahab and Jezebel killed Naboth for the sake of Ahab’s inordinate desire to own the vineyard of Naboth. Ahab gladly went and took possession of the said vineyard after the killing of Naboth (1 Kings 21:1 -16). God was angry with Ahab and Jezebel (his wife). God pronounced punishments against them. He (God) promised to avenge the blood they had shed. God promised to cut off all the descendants of Ahab and to make his house to perish and become desolate. As for Jezebel, the pronounced punishment for her was that the dogs shall eat her flesh and none shall bury her. God also decreed that any member of the household of Ahab who died in the city, the dogs shall eat him/her and the one that died in the field shall be eaten by the birds of the air (1 Kings 21:17 – 24). This is to fulfill God’s law that those who draw the sword must die by the sword (Matthew 26:52).

Ahab was killed by an arrow that was shot in the battled field and the dogs licked his blood (1 Kings 22:30-38). Similarly, God caused Jehu to be anointed King in the stead of Ahab, with the mandate to carry out the punishment pronounced against Jezebel and the descendants of Ahab (2 Kings 9:1-10). At this time, Joram the son of Ahab was alive and had been acting as the king (2 Kings 8:25).

(ii)In fulfillment of God’s words, Jehu killed Joram in Naboth’s vineyard. Also, King Jehu killed Jezebel and the dogs ate her flesh (2 Kings 9:21 – 37). As for the rest of the descendants of Ahab, they were exterminated by King Jehu. As a consequence, there is no one on earth today who can claim any blood descent to Ahab and Jezebel. In 2 Kings 10:1-17, the Bible gives a clear account of how Jehu sent to different parts of Israel and gathered all the descendants of Ahab. Thereafter, Jehu killed all the said descendants of Ahab. This clearly shows that those who kill others have put their lives and those of their descendants at great risk. For the blood guilt is on them all and they shall in one way or the other pay for their sins with their lives and those of their descendants. That is certain.

This sub-head brings up the controversial issue of reincarnation which is strictly not within the scope of this write-up. However, the truth remains the truth whether or not people believe or accept it. Elijah was a prophet of God but instances abound where he killed people. A few of such instances are as follows:

Elijah slew the prophets of Baal – 1 Kings 18:40. Also, at the command of Elijah, fire came down from heaven and consumed/killed the soldiers that were sent to him by king Ahaziah (2 Kings 1:9 – 12). Whatever may be the justification for the killings, the fact remains that Elijah took away the lives of human beings, contrary to the 6th commandment (thou shall not kill) in Exodus 20:13. The punishment for that is certain. The person who contravenes that commandment must have his own life equally taken by another (Numbers 35:31). Whoso sheds man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed (Genesis 9 v. 6). 

Uwom wrote in from Port Harcourt


H.D.D. Uwom