2 Samuel

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May 29, 2024

“… So Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Israel” (2 Samuel 15:6 ESV). Absalom was the third born son of David. His mother was Maacah, the daughter of Talmai, king of Geshur (2 Sam. 3:3). He was the son and the grandson of kings. He was praised above all others in Israel for


May 27, 2024

‘Nathan said to David, “You are the man!”‘ (2 Samuel 12:7 ESV). The Lord sent the prophet Nathan to rebuke King David for his sin with Bathsheba. Certainly, the focus of the story is on David’s sin and repentance, and God’s faithfulness and forgiveness. Yet, the prophet Nathan’s role in this story is worthy of


May 26, 2024

“In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle, David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel. And they ravaged the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem” (2 Samuel 11:1 ESV). In the Spring, when kings go to war, David stayed home. Yet, he


May 24, 2024

“…I will celebrate before the Lord. I will make myself yet more contemptible than this, and I will be abased in your eyes…” (2 Samuel 6:21-22 ESV). When David came leaping and dancing as he led the procession that brought the Ark into Jerusalem, his wife, Michal despised him for it. She spoke sarcastically to


May 30, 2023

“David walked up the road to the Mount of Olives, weeping as he went. His head was covered and his feet were bare as a sign of mourning” (2 Samuel 15:30 NLT). When David heard that his son Absalom sought to overthrow him as king, he fled from Jerusalem going East up the slope of


May 25, 2023

“For when you die and are buried with your ancestors, I will raise up one of your descendants, your own offspring, and I will make his kingdom strong. He is the one who will build a house—a temple—for my name. And I will secure his royal throne forever. I will be his father, and he

“The Spirit of the Lord speaks through me; his words are upon my tongue” (2 Samuel 23:2 NLT).

June 4, 2022

LAST WORDS OF DAVID THE PROPHET David’s last words began with the assertion that the Spirit of the Lord had spoken by him. He had an awareness that the multitude of psalms he had written were really from God. They were not merely the “fruit of his genius” (Gill), but by the inspiration of the

“When Ahithophel realized that his advice had not been followed, he saddled his donkey, went to his hometown, set his affairs in order, and hanged himself” (2 Samuel 17:23 NLT).

May 31, 2022

THE FIRST JUDAS The story of David’s betrayal by Ahithophel foreshadows that of Jesus by Judas. For just as David was betrayed by a trusted member of his inner court, who later hung himself; so was Jesus betrayed by one of his own disciples, who later hung himself. Along with Judas Iscariot (Matt. 27:5), Zimri

“But Amnon had a very crafty friend—his cousin Jonadab. He was the son of David’s brother Shimea.” (2 Samuel 13:3 NLT).

May 28, 2022

BEWARE THE “JONADABS” IN YOUR LIFE Jonadab was the son of Jesse’s third son, David’s brother, Shimeah. He was David’s nephew and a supposed “friend” to David’s firstborn son, Amnon. Yet, on this occasion his true identity was revealed, for as the serpent in the garden of Eden was described as “crafty” (Gen. 3:1), so

“And Mephibosheth, who was crippled in both feet, lived in Jerusalem and ate regularly at the king’s table.” (2 Samuel 9:13 NLT).

May 26, 2022

Who is Mephibosheth? Mephibosheth was the son of Jonathan and the grandson of King Saul. He was five years old when the news came about his father and grandfather having died in battle. His nurse was fleeing with him to hide when “he fell and became disabled” (2 Sam. 4:4). Now, perhaps 16 years later,