May 23, 2023
2 SAMUEL 20-24
DAY 143 JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
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Focus Verses For Today: 2 Samuel 21:15-17
Today, we conclude our journey through 2 Samuel, finding King David growing old. Our reading presents a king who seeks God, while possibly struggling with insecurities.
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2 Samuel 20-24: There is an attempted coup by the tribes of Israel led by Sheba, a Benjamite. Joab surpasses the rebellion with the assistance of a wise woman. The Gibeonites were avenged for King Saul’s betrayal and the war with the Philistines continues. David sings a song of praise to the Lord. David gives his last words and praises his mighty warriors. The list includes 37 men of ultimate valor and courage. The list includes Uriah the Hittite, the man whom David had killed, fearful of being found out for committing adultery with Uriah’s wife. Before his death, David conducts a census to enroll the fighting men. This angered the Lord resulting in a plague being placed on Israel by the Lord. David builds an altar to atone for his sin. (2 Samuel 20:1-24:25)
Our focus verses for today:
15 Once again there was a battle between the Philistines and Israel. David went down with his men to fight against the Philistines, and he became exhausted. 16 And Ishbi-Benob, one of the descendants of Rapha, whose bronze spearhead weighed three hundred shekels and who was armed with a new sword, said he would kill David. 17 But Abishai son of Zeruiah came to David’s rescue; he struck the Philistine down and killed him. Then David’s men swore to him, saying, “Never again will you go out with us to battle, so that the lamp of Israel will not be extinguished.”
(2 Samuel 21:15-17, NIV)
King David was getting older. King David’s courage had not waned but the strength he had in his youth was fading. His men were wise and they recognized that the King’s place was in Jerusalem and not out fighting the Philistines. They knew that it was King David who held Israel together as a unified nation. They may not have understood why, but they knew. King David was a wise man, a man who knew God, a man who spoke with God, and a man who surrounded himself with wise men. King David was a sinner just like you and I. King David knew God. King David spoke with God.
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