Month: July 2018

The Beginning of the End: 2 Samuel 13

This is the beginning of the worst period of David’s life.  The effects and consequences of this rape and his response to it plague him and the whole nation for the rest of his life.  His adultery with Bathsheba set in motion a series of events that in one way or another corrupt his house and the nation until they go into captivity hundreds of years later.  You know the phrase “A Simple Twist of F ...[Read More]

David and Bathsheba

1.  If I did not know this story was from Scripture, I would think it was one of the morality plays popular in the 16th century.  In them, the main character was surrounded by good and evil influences and the tension was what choices they would make – good or bad. There are many tragic stories in Scripture but, for me, this is the one with the greatest sense of loss – not only for Davi ...[Read More]

God’s Promise to David: 2 Samuel 7

1.  We read that David was settled in his palace and the Lord had given him rest from all his enemies around him.  He says to Nathan, the prophet, “Here I am, living in a palace of cedar, while the ark of God remains in a tent.”  Nathan replies to the king, “Whatever you have in mind, go ahead and do it, for the Lord is with you.”  That night the word of the Lord came to Nathan saying,  “Go and te ...[Read More]

The Murder of Ishbosheth

1.  This is a story that is in the news all the time.  It’s a constant theme in politics and power.  It’s about loyalty, political maneuvering, intrigue, and the normalization of dangerous behavior. “When Ishbosheth son of Saul heard that Abner had died in Hebron, he lost courage, and all Israel became alarmed.”  So much is packed into that one simple phrase! We know the background.  Saul’s genera ...[Read More]