April 2nd

2 Samuel 19-21

  • 19:1-8 – Joab is angry with David and explains to him that it won’t sit well with his followers that he is more saddened by Absalom’s death than happy for their hard work in victory.
  • 19:11-15 – David is letting the Israelites who deserted him and followed Absalom know that he will accept them back.
  • 19:13 – Amasa was Absalom’s military leader. He’s receiving the same offer the rest of Israel has.
  • 19:18-23 – Shimei was the man David encountered while fleeing Jerusalem who shouted and cursed at David.
  • 19:24-30 – During David’s escape Ziba accused Mephibosheth of supporting Absalom so David gave Ziba all their land. Now he is somewhat reconciling.
  • 19:41-43 – As the Israelites welcome back David as king, they begin to fight over who should get to welcome him first.
  • 20:3 – These are the women Absalom had sex with while David was away. Though it wasn’t their choice, David still shuns them as partners, but continues to provide for them.
  • 20:7-10—Joab, unlike David, isn’t forgiving the people who rebelled against the King. While he’s a brilliant military leader, Joab is a poor politician. Strangely, it’s unclear whether or not his killing of Absalom and Amasa is considered unrighteous by God, and he will go on to be David’s primary military leader for a long time.
  • 20:14-22 – Though Sheba’s fate is a little unsettling, the wise woman assures that her city is not attacked.
  • 21:1-9 – It was not unusual for people to have to pay for the sins of their parents or grandparents. Saul’s offspring pay the ultimate price.
  • 21:10-14 – Restoring Saul and Jonathan’s bones to their family to be buried where they belonged was an act to honor Saul.

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