Monthly Archives: April 2012

I Chronicles 29:1-9 — Leading by example

Don’t do as I do, do as I say. I’m very glad I never heard those words from my parents.  If ever there were a hypocritical phrase, that’s it.  And coming from leaders, it’s inexcusable. David, on the other hand, … Continue reading

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I Chronicles 28 — Becoming a temple of God

As I look at this passage, and the words David spoke to Solomon and the leaders of Israel, it makes me think of what God would say to us about becoming a temple of God First, God would tell us that … Continue reading

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I Chronicles 23-27 — Our roles in Christ

The book of Chronicles sure likes their list of names, and in these passages, you see a number of them. Basically, these passages address the division of labor within the temple.  And I think we can apply some of these … Continue reading

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I Chronicles 22 — Building a temple for God

After David had built a palace for himself, it had occurred to him that God still “lived” in a tent.  And so he started making plans to build a temple for God. But God stopped him and told him that … Continue reading

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I Kings 1 — Usurping the King’s throne

The timing for events is a little shaky in my mind, so my chronology may be a bit off.  But for now, I’ll put this event in front of David’s preparations for the temple. Here again, we see family problems … Continue reading

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II Samuel 24; I Chronicles 21 — Sin’s consequences

This is one of the more difficult passages in the Bible, particularly when you compare both II Samuel 24 and I Chronicles 21.  In I Chronicles, it says Satan rose up against Israel and incited David to sin.  In II … Continue reading

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II Samuel 23:1-7 — The traits of a good leader

The last words of David…kind of.  We see quite a few more after this.  Oh well. Anyway, his words here are very interesting.  Apparently they were words God gave him when David became king.  One would only wish that all … Continue reading

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II Samuel 22; Psalm 18 — The God who hears, the God who helps, the God who strengthens

Where is God?  Sometimes as we’re going through trials, we wonder where he is.  Does he see?  Does he hear? I’m sure David went through times when he felt that way.  When he was fleeing from Saul and Absalom in … Continue reading

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II Samuel 21:1-14 — Zealous, but wrong

Enthusiasm is a great thing, especially when it comes to doing things for God and his people.  God takes great joy when his people do things out of love for him.  Except. Except?  Yes, there is an exception.  You see, … Continue reading

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II Samuel 19:9-20:26 — A pride that destroys

Pride.  How often does pride cause problems in our lives?  How often does it break our relationships?  How often does it cause us to do things that we know are wrong? It’s hardly a new problem.  You see it all … Continue reading

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2 Samuel 19:9-39 — When the King returns

In many ways, King David is a type of Christ, as well as being an ancestor.  Betrayed by those he loved, having his throne usurped, and then returning to his rightful place. In the same way, Christ was betrayed by … Continue reading

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2 Samuel 19:1-8 — Filtering the good from the bad

It’s pretty clear by this point that David was fed up with Joab.  On top of having murdered Abner when David was trying to unify Israel, now he had killed David’s own son, against David’s own express wishes.  It’s never … Continue reading

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II Samuel 18 — How God feels when people perish

So often when wicked people perish, we tend to rejoice.  And I can certainly understand it.  I’ve mentioned this before, but when Osama Bin Ladin died, many people in America rejoiced over it. But how does God feel when the … Continue reading

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II Samuel 17 — When the desire for revenge consumes us

Ahithophel is probably not the most well known figure in the Bible.  I never really gave him much thought until I started rereading the story of Absalom’s rebellion this year. But as I mentioned in an earlier blog, in addition … Continue reading

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Psalm 63 — A love song in the desert

David sure spent a lot of time in the desert.  He did so when running from Saul, and also when running from his son Absalom.  It seems, however, from what David writes here that he wrote this Psalm when he … Continue reading

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Psalm 3 — Peace

Peace of mind. It’s something that everyone seeks.  But sometimes, it can be hard to find.  This month, work has been pretty slow for me, which is a bit unsettling because it does affect my salary.  And I often find … Continue reading

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II Samuel 16:1-14 — Longsuffering

I suppose I could’ve used the word “patience” when titling this blog, but “longsuffering” seems to fit better.  Because David certainly suffered a lot during this time. His son taking over his kingdom, his wisest counselor betraying him, his best … Continue reading

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II Samuel 15 — Following out of love

Betrayal and undying loyalty seem to be the themes in this chapter.  Betrayal by David’s son Absalom and David’s closest advisor Ahithophel.  And loyalty from Ittai, the priests, and Hushai, David’s friends. But Ittai stands out to me the most.  … Continue reading

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II Samuel 14– Justice and mercy

David faced a conundrum.  He loved his son Absalom.  But because Absalom had murdered his brother Amnon for raping his sister Tamar, Absalom was exiled from Israel. Yet, in II Samuel 13:39, it says, And the spirit of the king … Continue reading

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II Samuel 13 — Failing as a father

Sin often has unintended consequences.  And I think you see this in chapter 13 of II Samuel. David sinned with Bathsheba, committing adultery, and then murdering her husband.  Would he still have done it, knowing what would happen to his … Continue reading

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Psalm 32 — The need for confession

I don’t know if this psalm was written at the same time as Psalm 51, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was, and so I include it here within the life of David. David knew what it was like … Continue reading

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Psalm 51 — A prayer of repentance

Repentance.  What is it?  It’s a word we often use as Christians.  But what does it really mean?  I think this psalm written by David after Nathan confronted him concerning the incident with Uriah and Bathsheba gives us  a clear … Continue reading

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II Samuel 12:1-14 — When we sin

David was well and truly caught.  Nathan the prophet brilliantly confronted David with his sin by telling him a story he knew would strike a chord with David, the love of a man for his sheep.  Knowing David’s background as … Continue reading

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II Samuel 11:27 — You can’t hide your sin

I love murder mysteries, especially those by Agatha Christie.  Columbo is also a lot of fun.  I love Agatha Christie, because I like trying to guess who the murderer is.  But I like Columbo because I like seeing how the … Continue reading

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II Samuel 11; I Chronicles 20:1 — When we harden our hearts

And so we come to the low point in David’s life.  It’s interesting to note that David is mostly known by non-Christians for two events in his life.  His battle with Goliath.  And his adultery with Bathsheba.  One incredible victory.  … Continue reading

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II Samuel 10; I Chronicles 19 — When we’re not strong enough

Some interesting points to be learned in this passage.  One is to be careful who you listen to.  When the Ammonite king died, his son took some bad advice from his counselors when they told him David wasn’t really sending … Continue reading

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II Samuel 9 — God’s kindness

I’ve read through the Bible more than a few times, and I’ve probably read or heard this story dozens of times in my life, but I saw something for the first time today.  In verse 3, David says, Is there … Continue reading

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II Samuel 8; I Chronicles 18 — Finding victory

David’s victories really put the Israelites that first came into Canaan to shame.  Time and again in Judges, you see how they failed to take control of the land, with the reasons being things like their enemies had iron chariots … Continue reading

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II Samuel 7; I Chronicles 17 — That God would consider us

Have you ever looked up at the stars on a beautiful clear night?  Ever since I’ve come to Japan, it’s been a rare sight, especially since I moved to my current city of Nishinomiya.  I might see a few stars … Continue reading

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Psalm 106; I Chronicles 16:34-36 — A history of disobedience…and mercy

In this Psalm, David recounts the history of Israel.  And it isn’t a very positive one.  It recounts how time and again, Israel turned their backs on God.  In many ways, it also reflects our lives. 1.  They rebelled against … Continue reading

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