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David and Nathan
God wouldn't allow David to live a divided life. God sent for Nathan and Nathan delivered a powerful message to the King—you are the man! With that simple realization, David's world is forced back into its proper place, aware of God. David responds with confession and breathtaking faith.
David and Bathsheba
It's not an easy chapter to read. The story of David's fateful night with Bathsheba will have repercussions for many chapters to come. But for those who have paid careful attention, we aren't entirely surprised. Slowly David's character has been developing into two selves: a public image and a private reality. Deeper than his adultery, David's life has become disengaged from God. It's there we find the greatest risk.
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David's Kindness Rejected
We have been surprised by David's kindness. In chapter ten, his kindness stretches even to his enemies, the Ammonites. But that kindness is rejected—thrown back at him as a humiliating insult. The limits of David's love is put to the test. The Bible holds no naive or sentimental ideas about love. Love always leaves us vulnerable and often makes our lives far more complicated. But in the midst of the complexities we are given a word of courage—faith.
David Brings the Ark to Jerusalem
The ark's return to public worship was a monumental event in Israel's history. For too long it had been in hiding. David was determined to give it a place of honor in his new city of Jerusalem. The parade that day must have been awe-inspiring. 30,000 of David's finest troops worshiping and singing as the ark rolled along guided by Uzzah and Ahio. Everything was going so well until the ox stumbled and Uzzah reached up to steady the ark. Immediately he was struck dead.
David Hates the Lame
David was finally crowned king. His first move was to secure a new capital city, Jerusalem. The chapter moves from success to success—captured cities and military conquest, children and royal palaces. But subtly another story is developing beneath the surface. David's life and motives are more complicated than we initially realize.
Civil War And A Test of Patience
As Israel's civil war drags on across years, David faces a test, patience. Everywhere he is surrounded by desperate and determined men. Betrayal, deception, manipulation, assassination, politics, bartering over the lives of women and concubines, trials and judgments, death sentences and executions. It is into this complicated moment David is called to follow and to wait on the Lord.
Conflict For The Crown
Israel is without a king. It doesn't take long for conflict to break out. Abner and Joab find themselves jockeying for power. Their angling and scheming suggest something profound about competition. Our tendency to compare ourselves to others often leads to competition that too frequently turns violent.
David Laments for Saul
Saul is dead. David receives the news. We would expect him to quickly seize the throne. Now was finally his moment. His advisors must have urged him to act quickly. But David does something unexpected. David writes a poem; he writes a poem in honor of Saul and Jonathan. David teaches Israel to lament.