Category Archives: II Samuel

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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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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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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II Samuel 6:9-25; I Chronicles 15:1-16:6 — When bitterness consumes us

It was a day for rejoicing.  At least it should’ve been. When David realized his mistake in transporting the ark, and saw how God was blessing the home of a man named Obed-Edom, who was watching over the ark, David … Continue reading

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II Samuel 6:1-9; I Chronicles 13:1-13; 15:13 — Passion but not obedience

God loves people that are passionate about him.  But for us to have passion is not enough.  God also requires our obedience. And that’s what David learned here.  David was really excited about bringing the ark of the covenant back … Continue reading

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II Samuel 23:8-39; I Chronicles 11-12 — Flawed men. Mighty men.

Yes, I know we’ve skipped quite a few chapters, we’ll be getting back to them tomorrow.  But Chronicles talks about this at this point and chronologically speaking, it seems appropriate to put it here. These chapters talk about all the … Continue reading

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II Samuel 5:17-25; I Chronicles 14:8-17 — Sought out. Seeking out.

It didn’t take long for the Philistines to find out that David had become king of Israel.  I kind of wonder how Achish felt when he found out.  Surprised?  Betrayed? However he felt, the Philistine response was immediate.  It says … Continue reading

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II Samuel 5:11-12; I Chronicles 14:1-2 — For God’s glory, his kingdom, and his people

After years on the run, David was finally established as king over all Israel.  One sign of this was the palace that was built for him.  And as he sat in his newly built palace, the Bible says that David … Continue reading

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II Samuel 5:6-10; I Chronicles 11:4-9 — With God on our side

“I just can’t seem to overcome this sin.  No matter how hard I try, I just can’t seem to gain victory over it.” Have you ever felt like that?  I know there are sins in my life that I struggle … Continue reading

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II Samuel 5:1-5; I Chronicles 11:1-3 — Waiting on God

I hate waiting.  I hate  lines at stores.  I hate waiting at crosswalks.  I hate waiting at the doctor’s office. I can’t imagine what it must have been like to be David.  According to Josephus, the Jewish historian, David was … Continue reading

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II Samuel 4 — When leaders fail to lead

Ish-Bosheth’s reign certainly didn’t last very long.  It came to an abrupt end when his own men killed him and took his head to David. Of course, David didn’t take kindly to this, and so he had the men executed.  … Continue reading

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II Samuel 3:6-38 — Examining our motives

A lot of political intrigue going on here.  But as I look at this passage, it makes me think how important it is to examine our motives as we do things. For Abner, he did the right thing, supporting David, … Continue reading

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II Samuel 3:1-6 — A lack of self control

If there was a consistent weakness in the character of David, it seems to be with women.  He just couldn’t seem to stop himself from collecting the beautiful women around him.  Of course, he didn’t come close to taking it … Continue reading

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II Samuel 2:8-32 — Knowing when to stop fighting

I’m stubborn.  I admit it.  And there are times in the course of an argument when I’ll think, “This is stupid.  Why am I arguing about this?” and yet I’ll continue to hold my position. But there are times when … Continue reading

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II Samuel 1:17-27 — Loving those who hate you

As I look at the lament of David, it’s not surprising that he would weep for Jonathan.  They were, after all, best friends.  But that he would weep for Saul as he did is amazing to me.  And the gracious … Continue reading

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II Samuel 1:1-15 — Who’s it going to hurt?

Who’s it going to hurt? That was probably what the Amalekite was thinking when he went to David to give him the news of Saul’s death.  But instead of just giving him the straight truth, he fudged it a bit.  … Continue reading

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