2 Samuel 5:8, No Lame and Blind in the Temple
And David said on that day, “Whoever would strike the Jebusites, let him get up the water shaft to attack ‘the lame and the blind,’ who are hated by David’s soul.” Therefore it is said, “The blind and the lame shall not come into the house.”
//I admit, I honestly don’t know what to make of this verse. It sounds too much like legend. Here’s the deal:
By God’s decree, the lame and blind were apparently not allowed to be priests in the temple. For whatsoever man he be that hath a blemish, he shall not approach: a blind man, or a lame, or he that hath a flat nose … –Leviticus 21:17
There are many more disqualifications, but you get the idea. Yet somehow, this ban from the temple in time came to extend to all the lame and blind. Why?
Apparently, when David came to conquer Jerusalem from the Jebusites, they taunted him, saying Jerusalem was so well fortified that he couldn’t even capture it from the lame and blind. Well, David did capture it, and sneeringly labeled the Jebusites as “lame and blind,” proclaiming his hatred for them. This story is followed by a little ditty of explanation for why the lame and blind would not be allowed into the “house” – the temple of God, soon afterward built by David’s son. (See today’s verse).
By the way, when Jesus came on the scene, he cast that silly rule aside. First, he overthrew the money changers in the temple. “Then the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them.” –Matthew 21:14