May 21, 2019

15Once 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. 16And 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. 17But 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.”  ( Samuel 21:15-17, NIV)

 

2 SAMUEL 20-24

DAY 144 JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR

Focus Verse For Today: 2 Samuel 21:15-17

Today’s journey through 2 Samuel 20-24, concluding 2 Samuel, finds King David growing old. Our reading presents a king who seeks God, while possibly struggling with insecurities.

 

Ask God for His understanding of 2 Samuel 20-24. Read 2 Samuel 20-24. Let’s journey!

 

Chapter 20 tells of an attempted coup by the tribes of Israel led by Sheba, a Benjamite. Joab surpasses the rebellion with he assistance of wise woman. (2 Samuel 20:1-26)

 

Chapter 21 tells how the Gibeonites were avenged for King Saul’s betrayal and moves on to describe the continued war with the Philistines. (2 Samuel 21:1-22)

 

Chapter 22 is David’s song of praise to the Lord. ( 2 Samuel 22:1-51)

 

Chapter 23 contains David’s last words, and praise to David’s 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. (2 Samuel 23:1-39)

 

Chapter 24 tells of David taking 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 24: 1-24)

 

Our focus verses for today:

 

15Once 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. 16And 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. 17But 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.”  ( Samuel 21:15-17, NIV)

 

King David was getting older. King David’s courage had not wained 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. Godspeace!

 

  

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