Today is Day 25 in our journey through the Bible in 90 days.
2 Samuel is, of course, the sequel to 1 Samuel. It’s the necessary compliment to its preceding book. Reading 2 Samuel without knowing what happened in 1 Samuel would be like eating spaghetti noodles without marinara and meatballs: you’d be missing so much!
The end of 1 Samuel chronicles the death of Saul and his sons in battle and 2 Samuel picks up right where it left off. In the very first chapter, David learns of the death of Saul & Jonathan, and amazingly breaks into mourning, not partying. Of course he would mourn the death of his best friend, Jonathan, but Saul too? Wouldn’t he be glad Saul was dead? No. David had regard for human life (unlike Saul).
It doesn’t take long for David to be crowned king of Judah (Ch. 2) and by Chapter 5, he’s king of Israel as well! Things are going pretty well for him.
One thing that I’m thankful for in Scripture is that the Bible doesn’t cover up for its heroes. Right in the middle of David’s kindness to Mephibosheth, thanksgiving to God, and worship, he lusts over Bathsheba, commits adultery with her, then has her husband killed to cover up her pregnancy. I’ll bet you didn’t expect that from “the man after God’s own heart,” did you?
After his interaction with Bathsheba and Uriah, her husband, in Chapter 11, things seem to take a turn for the worse: their son dies as punishment for David’s sin, one of David’s daughters, Tamar, is raped by one of his sons, another of David’s sons, Absalom, commits treason and tries to take the throne from David, his father. It’s a messy situation, but David is resolved through it all. He witnessed a man (Saul) try so hard to cling to a kingdom that had been stripped from him, and David vows not to be that man. He sits back and trusts in God to turn the kingdom over or keep David on the throne – what a man of faith!
If the book wasn’t action-packed enough for you, by Chapter 21, David ends up killing a giant with 12 toes and 12 fingers! He’s a giant-slayin’ maniac!
The book closes with David confessing more sin, dealing with its consequences, and sacrificing to God.
Here’s the thing: David wasn’t perfect. That’s obvious. Neither are you. That is also obvious. David owned his sin and turned from it. Can the same be said of you? Remember, David is ultimately remembered as a Godly king – one of the greatest who ever ruled Israel. Although he failed big time, he’s not what he did. The same is true for you.
You aren’t what you did.
Live a life defined by repentance and humility and watch God use you to change the world!