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2 Samuel 1 [Read]
2 Samuel 2 [Read]
2 Samuel 3 [Read]
Luke 18:1-17 [Read]
Redemption is the central theme of the whole Bible. This redemptive plan is carried out through the covenant God established and reaffirmed with several main characters of the Bible. King David was one of them. Although today’s narrative about David seemed to be unconnected, in the grand scheme, it was moving slowly towards 2Sam 7 in which God reaffirmed his covenant with his people through David. That’s the background to have in mind while reading the first few chapters of 2 Samuel.
Saul was dead, and it’s time for David to become the next king of Israel (2:4). After years of running and hiding, David was ready to reign in Hebron (2:1). That was just the beginning, and the struggle between him and the house of Saul continued (2:8-11, 3:1). Throughout this tumultuous period, we continued to read about the sinful and ugly side of human nature in people like Abner, Ish-Bosheth, and Joab. They knew that David was anointed to be the next king of Israel, but they either manipulated or rebelled against the will of God for their own advantage. At the end, of course, they all got what they deserved.
In the midst of such human corruption, we should take note of David’s reactions to various situations. He continued to uphold Saul as the king anointed by God (1:14), and his sorrow for Saul and Jonathan was genuine (1:19-27). He acknowledged the courage of people of Jabesh Gilead (2:6), and he adamantly denied having anything to do with the death of Abner (3:37). All these showed his true characters as a servant of God, and they also built up people’s trust in him to lead the nation as a unified Kingdom. But there were hidden issues. His first 6 sons were born of 6 different wives, and this planted the seed for internal struggle later on.
The beginning chapters of this book seemed to be a record of some unrelated events, but readers with a view of God’s redemptive plan could see the hands of God slowly but surely moving things along for David to take over the nation. Such sovereignty also applies to our lives. Though things may seem chaotic sometimes, God is actually moving his eternal plan towards new heaven and new earth. The earlier we recognize this movement and submit to it, the sooner we shall enjoy the peace from the hope of that final destination.
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