2 Samuel 1-4
The beginning of 2 Samuel is full of politics, drama, and bloodshed. Just reading through the Bible, this section may be difficult to follow due to the complex relational tensions between groups of various loyalties. At the beginning, an Amalekite brings news to David that King Saul is dead. The Amalekite explains that Saul was impaled on his own spear but had not died. Saul begged the Amalekite to kill him, and the Amalekite complied. But David recognized Saul as the Lord’s anointed, so he had the Amalekite executed and mourned for Saul. David inquired of God and was anointed to be king. But Abner appoints Ish-bosheth to be king, one of Saul’s sons. There is a bloody battle at Gibeon, Abner joins David, Joab kills Abner, David mourns Abner, and finally Ish-bosheth…is murdered.
What is one key verse?
After this David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I go up into any of the cities of Judah?” And the Lord said to him, “Go up.” David said, “To which shall I go up?” And he said, “To Hebron.” -2 Samuel 2:1
How does what you read change your vision of God?
Even as the political tensions of Israel mounted in a time of great chaos, David was concerned not about power or safety, but about the will of God.
How does what you read change your vision of yourself or others?
Even in the midst of uncertainty during this pandemic, we should seek out God’s guidance in everything. He planned this world event, not to hurt us, but to bring us near to him. In the midst of all the chaos in Israel, God was preparing David to be a great king, leading the people to God.
How will you Go With God because of this reading? (What is an action step?)
I will pray more for God to give clear guidance in this time of chaos and uncertainty.
Where did you see Jesus in these chapters? (What made you think about Jesus?)
Jesus is seen in the peace and surrender David has in the midst of his struggles. He defends Saul as the Lord’s anointed. At every step, we should recognize Jesus as God’s anointed king and eagerly bow to his will.