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God is a miracle working God. This month of September 2007 we celebrate 23 years of marriage, because God saved us from our sins in and through Yeshua/haMashiach/Jesus Christ. We were joined as "one" in holy matrimony "in the wonderful name of Yeshua/Jesus" in September of 1984. As a teenager, I was married, but I was not a Christian and the marriage ended in divorce. Our life together has not been without trials, but our life in Christ gives us a stability we could not have otherwise had. In fact this past year we went through a devastating house fire at our home in the Snohomish Valley that brought us to Talus at Cougar Mountain for an extended stay that we never actually planned. We're in the process of rebuilding our historic home of nearly 20 years, which has been on the Everett Historic Register since 1990.

King David, a bible hero of mine, loved the Lord, and he had the proverbial "blended family." My admiration for this man of God doesn't come from the fact that he married many women. God warned not to "multiply wives." But God's people did not always adhere to this. (1 Kings 11:3-4) King David's son Solomon multiplied wives (up to 1,000! And with his wives came a lot of problems) which was prohibited and prophesied that a king would do in Deuteronomy 17:17. In King David's life and family there were a multitude of problems, particularly with his children. But God is a God of mercy and grace. King David responded to the dealings of God in His life. He put God's word and will as foremost.

Monogamy is God's pattern, and He states this clearly in Genesis 2-3, where Adam & Eve were joined as husband and wife. But he forgives sins and says "all have sinned and come short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23) Whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst (John 4:14).

Yeshua/Jesus was tired and thirsty. So on his way back to Galilee He stopped at a well in Samaria while his disciples went to town to get food. When a Samaritan woman came to the well to get water, Jesus asked her to give him a drink. She was stunned.

Jews had nothing to do with Samaritans! Why are you asking me for a drink?

Yeshua/Jesus then said an amazing thing to her, If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.

What was he talking about? Where can you get this living water? she asked.

Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.

The woman stared at him. Well, sir, give me this water.

King King David had eight wives, although he appears to have had children from other women as well:

As given in 1 Chronicles 3, David had sons by various wives and concubines; their names are not given in Chronicles. By Bathsheba, his sons were:

His sons born in Hebron by other mothers included:

His sons born in Jerusalem by other mothers included:

According to 2 Chronicles 11:18, another son was born to David who is not mentioned in any of the genealogies:


David also had at least one daughter, Tamar, progeny of David and Maachah and the full sister of Absalom. (2 Samuel 3:3)

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