27 10, 2018

Revenge and murder.

By | 2018-10-21T15:42:41+00:00 October 27th, 2018|Categories: All, Promises|

We read in 2 Samuel 13:23–29, that two long years passed before Absalom effected his plan for retaliation. He hosted a festival to celebrate the time of sheepshearing, a custom observed in Israel from earliest times (Genesis 38:12–13; 1 Samuel 25:2, 8).  He invited and urged his father David to join him at Baal Hazor for the festivities, but David declined. Absalom [...]

26 10, 2018

Humiliation and hatred.

By | 2018-10-21T15:40:57+00:00 October 26th, 2018|Categories: All, Promises|

We read in 2 Samuel 13:15–19, that in revulsion at what he had done, Amnon now hated Tamar more than he had previously loved her. This indicates, of course, that his original feelings had not been love but only lust.  To add insult to injury and in further violation of the Law, Amnon sent Tamar away. This suggests not only his desire [...]

25 10, 2018

Assault and rape.

By | 2018-10-21T15:38:30+00:00 October 25th, 2018|Categories: All, Promises|

We read in 2 Samuel 13 about more of the judgment as described by by Nathan. Because of his affair with Bathsheba David had been told by Nathan the prophet that the sword would never depart from his house (2 Samuel 12:10). It was not long before he began to experience the heartbreaks of rape and murder within his own family. In [...]

24 10, 2018

Victorious again.

By | 2018-10-21T15:36:22+00:00 October 24th, 2018|Categories: All, Promises|

We read in 2 Samuel 12:24–25 that another son was born to David and Bathsheba David new son had a double name.  His first name was called Solomon which means “peace.” This was the name given to the son by David and Bathsheba. His first name was called Jedidiah which means “loved by the Lord.” This was the name given to the [...]

23 10, 2018

Both Judgement and Mercy

By | 2018-10-21T15:43:57+00:00 October 23rd, 2018|Categories: All, Promises|

To David’s credit, he did not deny his guilt as Saul did when Samuel accused him (1 Samuel 15:13-14). David confessed his guilt openly. Psalm 51 is a statement of his confession and repentance.  Nathan pronounced God’s judgement on David. The judgment began with the child of David and Bathsheba. David prayed and fasted earnestly for the child’s life. David had felt [...]

22 10, 2018

Catastrophic slide.

By | 2018-10-21T15:27:41+00:00 October 22nd, 2018|Categories: All, Promises|

The past two weeks we have been learning about the seriousness and the consequences of sin. Sin comes with a great cost. We have been looking at the downward spiral of King David. Know one decides to ruin their life. But King David’s pride led to his passivity. King David’s pride led to his passivity which led to his lust. King David’s [...]

7 10, 2018

God’s Love = Kind, Loyal, Faithful, Merciful.

By | 2018-10-02T11:50:55+00:00 October 7th, 2018|Categories: All, Promises|

In 2 Samuel 9:1–8. David had pledged to Jonathan that he would never forget the covenant of friendship that had bound them together (1 Sam. 20:14–17). He therefore called Ziba, a servant of Saul, and asked him if some member of Saul’s family had special need (2 Sam. 9:2–3; cf. 1 Sam. 20:42). Ziba replied that Mephibosheth, the disabled son of Jonathan [...]

6 10, 2018

A Kind King

By | 2018-10-02T11:46:42+00:00 October 6th, 2018|Categories: All, Promises|

David's gracious dealing with Mephibosheth are described in 2 Samuel 9:1–13. David was not only an effective warrior and administrator, but he also was a kind ruler. He desired to honor the pledge he had made to Jonathan and his family (read 1 Samuel 20:14–15). David inquired and learned from Ziba, a servant in Saul’s household, about Mephibosheth, who was Jonathan’s only surviving [...]

4 10, 2018

David’s Administrative Officials

By | 2018-10-02T11:41:57+00:00 October 4th, 2018|Categories: All, Promises|

In 2 Samuel 8:15–18, the creation of an empire, though still small in comparison with the great powers of today, required the creation of a bureaucracy to administer its affairs. The principal officers were: Joab, military commander; Jehoshaphat, record keeper; Zadok and Ahimelech chief priests; Seraiah … secretary; Benaiah (2 Samuel 23:2–23), leader of the elite Kerethite and Pelethite troops (also mentioned [...]

3 10, 2018

Remarkable Military Success

By | 2018-10-02T11:37:45+00:00 October 3rd, 2018|Categories: All, Promises|

In 2 Samuel 8:9–12, having witnessed David’s remarkable military successes, Tou (Heb. Toi) king of the Aramean city-state of Hamath, decided to capitulate without struggle and become a vassal of Israel. To symbolize this move he sent his son Joram (or Hadoram, 1 Chronicles  18:10) to David laden with precious articles of silver and gold and bronze. These David added to all [...]

2 10, 2018

Victory to the North

By | 2018-10-02T11:55:05+00:00 October 2nd, 2018|Categories: All, Promises|

In 2 Samuel 8:3–8, the Arameans then became David’s objective. Consisting of a loose federation of city-states, the Arameans rose to prominence the same time Israel’s monarchy rose under Saul and David. David first made an assault against Hadadezer, king of Zobah, an area just north of Damascus. Hadadezer had gone on a campaign to the Euphrates River to recover some territory, [...]

29 09, 2018

Keeping a Promise Forever!

By | 2018-09-25T12:34:41+00:00 September 29th, 2018|Categories: All, Promises|

This week we are studying 2 Samuel 7:18-29. Today we will highlight 2 Samuel 7:25–29. Having marveled at the Lord’s work in his own life and on behalf of Israel, David now boldly commanded the Lord to “keep forever the promise you have made concerning your servant and his house.”  This act of giving an order to God should not be viewed as an irreverent [...]

28 09, 2018

God is making a Name for Himself!

By | 2018-09-25T12:29:17+00:00 September 28th, 2018|Categories: All, Promises|

This week we are studying 2 Samuel 7:18-29. Today we will examine 2 Samuel 7:21–24. Although David did not profess to understand why he had received the Lord’s wonderful promises, he recognized that these promises had been given for a reason: not as a reward for David’s righteousness but “Because of your word and according to your will.”  David did not indicate what “word” [...]

27 09, 2018

I am Your slave!

By | 2018-09-25T12:20:01+00:00 September 27th, 2018|Categories: All, Promises|

2 Samuel 7:19 What you have done so far was a little thing to you, Lord God, for you have also spoken about your servant’s house in the distant future. And this is a revelation for mankind, Lord God. This week we are studying 2 Samuel 7:18-29. In spite of the magnitude of God’s blessings already bestowed on the house of David, [...]

26 09, 2018

“Who am I?”

By | 2018-09-25T12:13:10+00:00 September 26th, 2018|Categories: All, Promises|

2 Samuel 7:15 Then King David went in, sat in the Lord’s presence, and said, "Who am I, Lord God, and what is my house that you have brought me this far?" David’s prayerful monologue, spoken while sitting, begins with a note of wonder, as the king meditatively asked “Lord God [Yahweh].” "Who am I, Lord God, and what is my house [...]