April 28, 2015: Daily Bible Reading with Commentary for 2 Samuel 5-9
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Context: David is crowned king over all of Israel and together, Israel conquers Jerusalem. David then defeats the Philistines. Since Israel has permanently settled, David brings the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem but does not take it into the city. David's wife Michal, daughter of Saul, criticizes David for setting aside his royal robes and dancing before the Lord. David reminds her he did it to honor the Lord. We should not be embarrassed to honor the Lord. David inquires of Nathan, a prophet of the Lord, as to building a home for the ark. God informs David, through Nathan, that it is his son who will build a temple for the Lord. As king, the Lord was with David and he had many victories over his enemies. David also remembered the kindness showed to him by Jonathan and sought a way to repay that debt.
World History: The glazing of bricks and tiles begins around 1000 BC in the Near East. The Phoenician alphabet was also developed during this time.