2 Samuel 11-14
Summarize what you read in one paragraph:
David seduces his general Uriah’s wife, Bathsheba, and then when he finds out she is pregnant he urges Uriah to sleep with her so he will think it is his. Since Uriah would not, David arranges for Uriah to die in battle. God and the prophet Nathan help set him right, but the child David conceives with Bathsheba (now his wife) dies as punishment, despite David’s attempts to fast and repent. God allows David to have more sons. David suffers his greatest tribulations when his son Absalom revolts. Absalom had originally murdered his brother Amnon for raping his sister Tamar—though he’s forgiven for this unauthorized act of vengeance, he ends up leading a popular rebellion. Against David’s orders, his top general, Joab, kills Absalom on the field of fight, causing David to lock himself in his room, weeping. Joan tried to get a woman to trick/convince David to forgive Absalom and let him return home.
What is one key verse?
“Joab your servant has done this to address the issue indirectly, but my lord has wisdom like the wisdom of the Angel of God, knowing everything on earth.””
2 Samuel 14:20 HCSB
How does what you read change your vision of God?
God is very patient, loving, and forgiving. His people were crazy. If God calls David, a man who committed adultery and then kills the husband amongst other sin, a man after his own heart then there is hope for the rest of us sinners as well!
How does what you read change your vision of yourself or others?
This shows me the importance of taking a step back and reflecting on the choices I want to make instead of acting out of fear or emotions. There was so much trickery and deceit when people felt ashamed of their choices. Instead we should confront our sin directly and be humble to admit our wrong doing.
How will you Go With God because of this reading? (What is an action step?)
Acknowledge my sin and confess it regularly. See sin for what it is and get rid of it instead of covering it up.
Where did you see Jesus in these chapters? (What made you think about Jesus?)
Jesus confronted our sin directly as he died on the cross. He didn’t phone in a friend but personally acknowledges how sinful we are and that we need his sacrifice to be made holy.