Wednesday, October 27, 2010

2 Samuel

"Is it not my family God has chosen? Yes, he has made an everlasting covenant with me. His agreement is arranged and guaranteed in every detail. He will ensure my safety and success."2 Samuel 23:5

A nation and its leader.
The book of 2 Samuel records the events in the life of one of the brightest lights of the Biblical narrative- King David. Continuing Israel's history from the death of Saul to the end of David’s 40 year reign, the book chronicles David’s highest achievements as well as his lowest failures. An able administrator, David brings the nation of Israel to political, economic and military supremacy. His godly example strengthens his people’s commitment to the Lord, and yet his failure to control his passions and his family transforms this kingdom from peace to dissension.
This uncensored story of David’s triumphs and troubles gives is a glimpse of life in the royal palace at Jerusalem. We encounter the resentment of David’s wife , Michal, who has become a political pawn instead of a beloved spouse (2 Sa 6:20-23). We trace the slippery slide of adultery and cover-up as Bathsheba becomes an unwitting partner to David’s passions and suffers the death of her child as a result (2 Sa 11:1-12:25).
We experience revulsion and horror at the rape of Tamar by her half-brother (2Sa 21).
With its candid examination of the life of David, the book of 2 Samuel stands as a graphic reminder that there are devastating consequences to sin. Only confession and repentance can heal the wounds.

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