March 30th

2 Samuel 4-8

  • 4:2 – Benjamin keeps getting mentioned because that was the tribe Saul came from.
  • 4:5-12 – David’s wish was not to blot out all of Saul’s family from the earth. Others were simply misguided in thinking this. David had great honor for Saul and was best friends and had made a covenant of friendship and family loyalty with Jonathan.
  • 5:3-5 – Because of Abner’s efforts when he was on Team Saul, David did not start ruling over all of Israel until after he ruled in Judah for 7 years.
  • 5:6-10 – The Jebusites were so confident in their fortress’ strength that they taunted David’s army saying even the blind and lame could ward off attacks on the city. David ends up successfully taking the city.
  • 5:11-12 – David recognized where his power and blessings derived. This caused him to seek God’s guidance and follow his commands.
  • 6:1-4 – The ark of God (also known as the ark of the covenant) had been captured by the Philistines in a previous battle. David’s ability to return it to its rightful owners, the Israelites, was a huge accomplishment.
  • 6:6-7 – Though Uzzah was simply trying to steady the ark, it was well known that the penalty, even for Levites, for touching the ark, was death. Uzzah could have avoided this by carrying the ark on his shoulder with the rest of the Levites like he was supposed to and/or knowing the law of the ark better.
  • 6:14-15 – David’s attire is mentioned because his wild dancing most likely meant that he unintentionally exposed himself while dancing. He worshipped with such passion that he didn’t care about the consequences.
  • 7:1-17 – David felt guilty that his house was nicer than God’s. He intended to build a temple, but God doesn’t want him to. God also establishes a covenant with David and his son who will be king after him. God promises to keep David’s line in the throne forever.
  • 7:18-29 – David humbly accepts God’s blessing of his house.
  • Chapter 8—David, like Saul before him, is a great military leader. The difference is that Saul always fought defensively- the Philistines weren’t able to conquer Israel under his leadership, but they were always a threat. David, however, is attacking the Philistines- eventually, under his leadership, the Israelites will conquer the Philistines and they will no longer threaten Israel.

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