Through the Bible, April 7

Reading: No Scheduled Reading Thoughts and Reflections: this is the catch up day for the first week of April (1-7). In addition, here are some points to ponder based on this week’s readings. One of the many evidences for the divine origin of Scripture is how it handles its heroes. …

Through the Bible, April 6

Reading: 2 Samuel 23-24 Summary: The final chapters of 2 Samuel are a bit difficult to place chronologically.  Some have concluded that they serve as a type of appendices to the book. The chapters include accounts of David’s avenging the Gibeonites, his further battles with the Philistines, a Psalm (chapter …

Through the Bible, April 5

Reading: 2 Samuel 18-20 Summary: Despite Absalom’s diabolical intentions, David finds his death nearly unbearable.  He struggles to cope with this loss and, again, an outside source is required to bring clarity to his thinking–much as Nathan had done in the incident with Bathsheba.  This time the unlikely counselor is …

Through the Bible, April 4

Reading: 2 Samuel 14-17 Summary: The prophet’s warning to David that the sword would never depart from his house (2 Sam. 12:10) certainly finds fulfillment with his son Absalom.  David, the effective administrator, is outflanked by his own son as a diplomat.  He demonstrates great skill in gaining favor and …

Through the Bible, April 3

Reading: 2 Samuel 11-13 Summary: David’s fall Up to this point the account of David’s reign focuses on matters of national concern: the capital city is established, enemies are defeated, the ark is set up in Jerusalem, the orders of priests and Levites are organized.  David is an effective and …

Through the Bible, April 2

Reading: 2 Samuel 6-10 Summary: David’s reign at its zenith David successfully strengthens, secures, and expands the nation’s borders.  He also brings the ark of the covenant into Jerusalem recognizing that the nation’s stability also depended on attention given to spiritual concerns, although he’s denied the right to build the …

Through the Bible, April 1

Reading: 2 Samuel 1-5 Summary: David’s reign begins David is moved by the news of Saul and Jonathan’s deaths.  True to his musical roots, he authors a song of lament. Finally, the throne and the kingdom were his.  Acquiring the throne of Israel, though, was not as smooth as some …