March 30th

2 Samuel 9-12

  • 9:1-13 – It wouldn’t have been strange for a king to kill everyone in the line of the previous king to prevent them from trying to take back power. Instead, David holds true to the covenant he made with Jonathan and treats Mephibosheth like his own son.
  • 10:1-4 – The Ammonites didn’t trust David’s kindness and they repay his servants with dishonor. Shaving half their beards would be a sign of dishonor and would make them look ridiculous and cutting off part of their garments was to expose and embarrass them.
  • 10:12-14 – God blessed the Israelites with two simultaneous victories though both seemed like they would have been difficult.
  • 11:1 – David was supposed to be in battle, but chose to stay home and send others out to do his work for him.
  • 11:2-13 – Because David was in a place he shouldn’t have been, he was left open to sin. David tries to cover his sin up by bringing Uriah home so he could think the baby was his. Uriah is too honorable and refuses to enjoy the pleasures of home while the other soldiers are out at battle. In contrast, David is a creepy old dude who watches his neighbors while they take baths- oh how the mighty have fallen…Oh, and one other thing- David was the king. Bathsheba couldn’t have refused to come to him when he summoned her and she really couldn’t have refused any of his advances. When David has sex with Bathsheba, there’s nothing consensual about it.
  • 11:14-27 – David assures that Uriah will be killed in battle. This, to some degree, covers up David’s sin. The Lord, however, knows what David has done and is not pleased.
  • 12:1-6 – It’s hard not to love the little lamb just from reading Nathan’s story. With good reason, David is enraged at the injustice of the rich man taking the poor man’s beloved lamb and David demands revenge.
  • 12:7-15 – David’s sin against Uriah and God was egregious. Nathan helps him see this through his story of the lamb. Nathan explains David’s punishments for his sin.
  • 12:15-23 – David is faithful through his son’s short life calling on the Lord for grace. Though God is gracious in not killing David, his son still dies.

12:24 – Note that David’s sin did not cause God to take the throne away from him or his family. Solomon will become the 3rd king of Israel.

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