2 Samuel 3—4
David mourns the murder of an innocent man. From the first king of Israel, Saul, there were grave difficulties when God’s people came under a human king. Recall God’s response to the people’s demand for a king in 1 Samuel 8. God alone was to be the King of his people. Nevertheless, God gave in to their demands. There would always be a struggle between divine anointing and human sinfulness in the monarchy. Jesus said, “A Kingdom divided against itself cannot stand” (Matt. 3:24).
These chapters are “previews of coming distractions” from the Lord’s ways that would result in two separate Kingdoms during the reign of King Solomon, son of David. Intrigue, power, and murder draw their lines now. However, the saving power of God is at work through David who holds no grudge. David’s inner goodness is the way out for those forces that seek to wrench God’s people apart. How are you when it comes to inner goodness?
What are these?
You anoint my head with oil. Ps 23:5
In You, Lord, I am a king.
Your kindness and faithfulness v. 6
Blest to have friends in the Lord v. 6
This is the fourth of thirteen weeks in Kingdomtide, Year A.
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Tuesdays are dedicated the Hebrew “Writings.”
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