2 Samuel 8-9, 1 Chronicles 18

This read is bittersweet only because I know what is on the horizon. These chapters sum up a series of battles that grow the land that was conquered from 6,000 sq. miles to 60,000 sq miles.  “The Lord gave David victory wherever he went”

10. David's Rise, Fall, and Punishment (2 Samuel 8-12). Life of David: Discipleship Lessons, by Dr. Ralph F. Wilson

I spent quite a bit of time in my research chasing rabbits and something new I learned is that conquering this land gave David’s kingdom many mines, specifically copper.  Mining will be instrumental to David’s vision of building a “House” for God instead of the current tent.

Chapter 9:   This chapter highlights the character and integrity of David.  Typically a new king seeks and kills any heirs from the former King.  In this case, David finds Saul’s grandson Mephiboshen and honors the covenant he made with Jonothan before he died.

1 Chronicles 18

14 David reigned over all Israel, doing what was just and right for all his people.”

Happy Mother’s Day. 😉


2 Samuel 7 and 1 Chronicles 17

The Davidic Covenant — The Unfolding of Biblical Eschatology

This is a VERY IMPORTANT READ.  It is not long so find a quiet place to hang on EVERY WORD.  We have talked about Covenant in the past.  There is conditional and unconditional.  The Covenants with Noah and Abraham were UNCONDITIONAL.  It did not matter what happened going forward God would NEVER break his Covenant.

Noahic Covenant:

  • He will preserve the Earth
  • He will preserve his creatures

Abrahamic Covenant:

  • The Promised Land of Canaan
  • The Promise of Numerous Offspring
  • The Promise of Blessings into the World

The Mosaic  (Moses) Covenant, however, was “Conditional”.  The Covenant given at Mt. Sinai was dependent on Israel’s obedience to following the Laws given.  Blessings were dependent on obedience.

Regardless of all the jaw-dropping moments, we have read, God has never broken the Covenant with Abraham and Noah.  Now we come to one of the most important chapters in the Bible: The Covenant was given to David: The Davidic Covenant.

Let’s start with verse 1: After the king was settled in his palace and the Lord had given him rest from all his enemies around him, he said to Nathan the prophet, “Here I am, living in a house of cedar, while the ark of God remains in a tent.”

David is living in a palace made of Cedar (Cedar was a big deal back in those days) and God was living in a tent.  I can picture David looking out his window and his heart breaks over this.   HOWEVER, is God really living in a tent?? NO.  The ark is the symbol of His Presence for the community. God,  however, is everywhere!

Skip to Verse 7: Wherever I have moved with all the Israelites, did I ever say to any of their rulers whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, “Why have you not built me a house of cedar?”’  Code for “I don’t need a house!!”

Verse 8-11  Go back and circle all the “I” commands in the speech.  David is not the “caretaker” for the Lord, the Lord is the caretaker for David.  Click here.

Ready: Let’s do this…I am unglued!  This Covenant has 2 layers: Near Fulfillment and Far Fulfillment. David/Messiah. Start at verse 11

“‘The Lord declares to you that the Lord himself will establish a house for you: When your days are over and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, your own flesh and blood, and I will establish his kingdom.  He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.  I will be his father, and he will be my son. When he does wrong, I will punish him with a rod wielded by men, with floggings inflicted by human hands.  But my love will never be taken away from him, as I took it away from Saul, whom I removed from before you.  Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me  your throne will be established forever.’”

This is an unconditional covenant made between God and David through which God promises David and Israel that the Messiah would come from the lineage of David and the tribe of Judah and would establish a kingdom that would endure forever. The Davidic Covenant is unconditional because God does not place any conditions of obedience upon its fulfillment. (thank heavens!)

Jesus Christ was called the ” Son of David” according to the Davidic covenant. The promise that David’s house and throne would be established eternally is important because it is a prophecy concerning the coming Messiah—specifically, that He would come from the house of David.

Let’s read a “begat” (fun word to say)

  • Click here to read The Gospel of Matthew 1: read the first verse (actually read the first 6)
  • Click here to read The Baptism Genealogy.  David is in both of them (but 2 different sons listed) (The WHY on that is mindblowing if you want to research it!) 🤓

David’s Prayer.  Picture David praying this in his lavish cedar palace surrounded by the warriors and “The Three” to protect him.  He is a King!  Yet this prayer….oh this prayer,  he has the perfect attitude about who he is and whose he is.

Ten times he referred to himself as “your servant” and eight times he called God his “Master”.  The flow of this prayer went:

  • thankfulness for his promise,
  • to praise for what God had done in the past,
  • to petition for the future fulfillment of God’s promises.

David’s prayer included humility, gratitude, praise, remembrance, and acknowledgment.  Truly a man after God’s own heart! ❤️❤️❤️

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2 Samuel 5:11-6:23 and 1 Chron 13-16

Everyone has their own way of studying…this is how I study this section:  I read 2 Samuel.  I research and study.  Then I read 1 Chronicles.  If at that point I understand 1 Chron, then I know I am “good to go”.  I also look to see which section is longer.  When I see 1 Chronicles is longer I know it is a “good” read because Ezra usually only wrote about obedience, not failure. (so if you see Samuel is the linger book…☹️

2 Samuel

Well, David has been busy making babies.  Refer to the David Genealogy we printed. (click here). (Lacey I mailed this one to you)


David is no stranger to the Philistines.  Since the day of Goliath, the name Philistines has been in his life.  They have been enemies but David has been in their land hiding from Saul.  They grew accustomed to David being around until they heard he wasn’t JUST the king of Judah, now he has been anointed the King of Israel (and Judah).  You can see now the Philistines see him as a threat.  David,  even as a king, consulted with the Lord on all his decisions (for now).  Here is a map to go with the read.

Map of the Territory of the Philistines (Bible History Online)

Chapter 6

If you went back to 1 Samuel 6 and 7 you would remember that the Ark was stolen by the Philistines and then when it was returned it was kept in a house….in a house!!!  Could you imagine the knock on the door that day!

1 Samuel 7:

So the men of Kiriath Jearim came and took up the ark of the Lord. They brought it to Abinadab’s house on the hill and consecrated Eleazar his son to guard the ark of the Lord. The ark remained at Kiriath Jearim a long time—twenty years in all.

So this sweet boy named Uzzah puts his hand out and touches the Ark when the oxen stumbled, and The Lord was so angry He struck him dead right then and there.  If this is your first time reading this story this may seem harsh…I mean c’mon his heart is in the right place!  Oh, how I have used that phrase many, many times….”Well, her heart is in the right place”.  I even use it on myself “Well, I am going to do that or not do that…it doesn’t really matter because my heart is in the right place!  No!  The scriptures don’t affirm that, it is black and white…do what is right!

  • Why is the Ark on a cart?? I may have skimmed a little during some of the law (only when it was repeated I promise) BUT I definitely would have remembered a cart. (If God had used a southern woman to write this, it would have been called a Buggie 😂)  God is Holy and He will be treated as Holy.  ONLY members of the Kohath family in the Tribe of Levi are to carry the Ark using the special poles, like this:

E28-2: Why the term 'LEVITE PRIESTS' is misleading - WELCOME TO ...

  • Is Uzzah from the Kohath tribe?
  •  The Ark is NEVER to be touched.  Ever!  That’s why we have special poles!
  • God did not stumble…the Ox did!

If God had ignored this scene as they were bringing the Ark (The Lord) to Jerusalem He would be dismissing the process of how we spiritually and physically approach God.  If God had ignored this moment it would have said “All that I have taught you about who “I AM’”, was wrong and you don’t have to follow my decrees, as long as your heart is in the right place.  This has to be one of the best stories in the Bible to think about all day.  How do we view or approach the Lord?  Has Uzzah been living with The Ark in his house for so long he has grown “too comfortable” with the Presence of the Lord (ouch, right)?   I am so sorry if you like the song “I am a friend of God”, but it drives me crazy!  He is the Almighty, All-Knowing, All-powerful, Creator of the Universe!`Uzzah may have had his heart in the right place but how he approached the Lord was wrong and God used this as a HUGE “teachable moment” for David and the Israelites.

So what appears to be a harsh moment in the Bible is the absolute opposite.  What should the consequence have been for all of them that day?  What should the consequence be for us?  Today is a great day to take a step back and think about our reverence for Our Lord.

David himself took a 3-month “moment” to collect himself and move the Ark correctly.  Again, could you imagine the knock at the door at Obed-Edom’s house?  The Ark eventually will be in Jerusalem.  As David returns and follows the directions for properly moving the Ark, he brings it to a town called Gibeon, about 6 miles just outside the town of Jerusalem.

Map Of Campaign Against The Philistines - Ark Of The Covenant Journey (1000x900), Png Download

1 Chronicles: Besides the awesome detail (for geeks like me), how amazing is it to read Asaph and how the Psalms are incorporated.  I tend to think of them as scrolls that were written.  They were sang, read, memorized..used!

The next 2 days are Psalms.  Please mark your calendar for May 7th as we turn the page to 2 Samuel 7 and 1 Chronicles 17.  Let’s call this 7-17!  It is a HUGE HUGE READ that without it, I don’t know how anyone reads the New Testament!

2 Samuel 5:1-10 and 1 Chronicles 11-12

Just like when we read Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, we read the same time period from different perspectives intended for different audiences.  That is how we will be reading for a little while.  Many of you will prefer 2 Samuel, others will prefer the Chronicles.  What is important is not what is the same but looking for what is different.  The Chronicler is going to depict David’s victories and the support from the nation in stark contrast to the struggles David has through  1 Sam, 2 Sam, and the Psalms.

Think about it, look at our textbooks on World History, how do they depict America to the next generation?  Do they choose to write about the victories or the failures?  Well, the Chronicler is writing a textbook for the next generation.

2 Samuel 5:1:10

This is the 3rd anointing of David.  The first one was a private ceremony with Samuel (1 Samuel 16:13), then he was anointed king of Judah (2 Sam. 2:4), finally, David was so patient to wait on God’s timing to “King him” over All of Israel.

When all the elders of Israel had come to King David at Hebron, the king made a covenant with them at Hebron before the Lord, and they anointed David king over Israel.

David was thirty years old when he became king, and he reigned forty years. In Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months, and in Jerusalem he reigned over all Israel and Judah thirty-three years.

JERUSALEM- What a huge moment. A few reads ago we were talking about Mt. Zion (Jerusalem), in the Psalms and I showed you this:

Jerusalem | All Geography Now

Mt. Zion is 2,540 feet above sea level, and to make it even harder to conquer is it sits on top of a Valley 1,300 below sea level.  When David marched out to conquer it, the Jebusites laughed!  “Even the lame and blind would be able to fight off an army trying to take this city.”  Well, David had a secret weapon….The Lord! ❤️  David used the water shaft to gain entrance and took over the city called “The City of David”.  I have not been to Israel but I know some of you have and you can still see Warren’s shaft today.  Amazing!

On that day David had said, “Anyone who conquers the Jebusites will have to use the water shaft to reach those ‘lame and blind’ who are David’s enemies” That is why they say, “The ‘blind and lame’ will not enter the palace.”

If the story is a major victory like this one, the Chronicler is to love writing about it.

1 Chron 11 and 12

The focus here is God. Jerusalem is centrally located, about 11 acres, with deep valleys on 3 sides, and possessed an excellent water source.  David takes immediate action to fortify the city as his capital.  David’s capture of Jerusalem was foundational to all the political and religious events that will follow.

David honors the Lord for this defeat by pouring his drink (as a drink offering) to the Lord. Chapter 11 closes with giving credit to the military men who risked their lives,  starting with “The Three”.


David’s Men (his inner circle) and the additional 30 are named as loyal warriors that provide protection for King David.

Chapter 12- The chapter is split in half showing the support David received before and after king Saul going back to the days when David was in Ziklag.  I particularly like the verse that ends the first half:

22 Day after day men came to help David, until he had a great army, like the army of God.

Starting in verse 23 the Chronicler shows the support from ALL the nations for David after the death of Saul.  We end with the entire nation gathered around David celebrating his kingship.

They came to Hebron fully determined to make David king over all Israel. They were one mind to make David king.

2 Samuel 1-4

2 Samuel just might be your new favorite book of the Bible.  Before you committed to this read I may have asked you “Who is David?”.  You may have said a man after God’s heart, the first King (which he wasn’t), or the infamous “David and Goliath”.  I really hope we see why reading the whole Bible is so important, we are learning about ALL of David.  In the first half of 2 Samuel we will see the successes of David.  Unfortunately, in the second half, we will read about the failures of David.  But here is what we need to take away:

The message of 2 Samuel is that man’s attitude toward God creates an opportunity for God, and God’s attitude toward man creates an opportunity for man.   David had four convictions about God.

  1. First, David believed that God was Israel’s supreme Ruler. He never doubted this or presumed to elevate himself to God’s place as Head of the Nation.
  2. Second, David believed that God was consistently and completely righteous in His dealings. David confessed his sin when he was charged with it, rather than trying to deny it. We read this deeply in the Psalms.
  3. Third, David believed that God was always merciful. He was willing to let God determine his punishment because he believed God would be merciful.
  4. Fourth, David believed that God’s will was always best. His greatest desire was for God’s will in his own life and in Israel’s.

What do you really want? Be careful, because God will give you what you really want. Do you want to run your own life? God will let you do it, but He may let you run your life into a brick wall.

I am a little preachy today…too much coffee!

Chapter 1: Liar Liar Pants on Fire!!👑  Something in this story does not add up!

Go back and read 1 Samuel 31 Click here

So this Amalekite (that’s important to the story) said he came upon Saul still alive on his sword?  Maybe the story is true.  Maybe he came upon him dead and just stole the crown.  Maybe he stole it from the Philistines when they stripped him of his armor.  The story doesn’t add up.  What does add up is that this Amalekite had the crown and brought it 80 miles to give to David thinking David would reward him. HOWEVER,  David knew that the Amalekites were to be totally destroyed, something Saul did not accomplish (we talked about this when he spared Agag in 1 Samuel 15).  So David killed him for several reasons:

  • this Amalekite assumed David would be happy with Saul being killed.  NO, Saul was God’s anointed!
  • David faithfully obeyed the Lord when He commanded the Israelites to destroy the Amalekites.
  • Made an example of him: This is what happens when you kill one of God’s chosen.

David’s Lament

To Lament means to mourn, cry, grieve-an expression of loss (we have a whole book dedicated to this: Lamentations!….so clearly something HUGE happens)

It begins and ends with “How the Mighty Have Fallen”– a phrase I have used out of context my whole life-like when I am happy about someone powerful that I don’t like messes up”(ouch). It means the opposite!  Nowhere in this poem does David mention Saul’s weakness, failures, or jealousy.  (oh the life lesson on this one!).

David does pronounce a curse on the ones that attacked Saul in verse 1:21 BUT saves the greatest praise for Jonathan:

25 “How the mighty have fallen in battle!
    Jonathan lies slain on your heights.
26 I grieve for you, Jonathan my brother;
    you were very dear to me.
Your love for me was wonderful,
    more wonderful than that of women.

27 “How the mighty have fallen!
The weapons of war have perished!”

I have heard this scripture completely taken out of context (in a sexual manner). Defend it with truth:  Jonathon would have been heir to the throne under Saul!  Yet, he saved David’s life honoring the Lord in 1 Samuel 20.  What a man deserving of praise!

Sorry, I know this is getting too long! But I love this book!!

Chapter 2:

What is the chapter subtitle in your Bible?  Mine says “David anointed King over Judah”  Just Judah?

  • David was anointed by Samuel “name of God”
  • then by his people (Judah)
  • then eventually by ALL.

Remind you of someone?? This is a good reminder that Jesus is in the details on every page!!

I know some of you roll your eyes when I post maps BUT let’s go back to one of the first ones since we entered the Promised Land and find Hebron.  Focus Szymanski…we don’t have all day!

Map of the Promised Land

Don’t roll your eyes again, BUT here is another visual that is important: (If you want a copy to write on click here) (Yes, my friend in Arkansas who never gave me her name…I will print this one too when I mail them ❤️)

Now it all comes together.  Ishbosheth was taken to Mahanaim and Abner (Saul’s commander) made him King of Israel.  Ummm who told him to do that? Although it does make sense to us humans. But the Lord chose David!

By verse 8 we learn that the real player against David is not Saul’s son,  BUT with the commander that appoints Ish-Bosheth- his name is ABNER.  After a civil war-like battle,  Abner waives the white flag.  Only 19 of David’s men were killed compared to 360 on Abner’s side.

Chapter 3

The war between the house of Saul and the house of David lasted a long time. David grew stronger and stronger, while the house of Saul grew weaker and weaker.

Another Family Tree: DEFINITELY worth Printing…We are going to write ALL over it.  One of his sons will kill his firstborn and lead a rebellion but we are also going to follow this to REHOBOAM!! So click here to print.  You won’t regret it.

Chapter 3 continued.  David gets wife #1 back, but as you can see from the above, she does not give him children. (I felt really sad for her husband too when he was sent away)   If you study the above genealogy, you will see that Joab avenged his brother’s death by killing Abner.  Abner was legitimately making an alliance to make David King of ALL 12 tribes when this happens so David publically pronounces that he had NOTHING to do with it.  BUT his mistake was not disciplining  Joab…it will come back to him.

Chapter 4 Finally!

(Put the inserted story about Mephibosheth in your pocket, we will talk about him soon)

Christianity: Mind, Body And Spirit: July 2011

Once again, someone came to David thinking they would be rewarded for killing someone for David.  And once again, David rebukes them for it.  Baanah and Rekab, just like the Amalekite who brought David the crown from Saul was made an example of,  David hung their bodies on a pole for all of Hebron to see.

LOL.  “I guess they weren’t being the hands and feet of Jesus”😂😂😂

2 Samuel Overview for tomorrow :)

How old was David when Samuel anointed him king? | NeverThirsty

1 Samuel Commentaries | Precept Austin

See the above timelines and it will help you get a visual of time.

This is a man that was so young and insignificant that when Samuel went to anoint him, his own father didn’t even put him in line with his brothers.  God chose him.

“The Lord does not look at the things people look at.People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Sam 16:7

David’s name will be used to recall the City of David, the Star of David, the Lineage of David, the Seed of David, the House of David, the Tabernacle of David, the Offspring of David, and the Root of David.

62 Chapters are devoted to David.  SIXTY-TWO!  Last night,  I asked one of my children (17 years old)  “Who was David in the Bible”? And she said “David and the Goliath”.  That’s the only thing she knew.  I walked away mumbling… ”what about the other 61 Chapters!”

David will reign the same number of years Saul did, about 40 years. Amazing the difference when you are a man after God’s heart.

Next Monday,  we are going to read Psalm 78, but I want to share with you the end of it.  The rest of the entire Bible rests on this.  We are working our way up to the Birth of Christ, right?  When you open the Gospel, what is the first line? (go ahead, I will wait…)  The first line of the Gospel will be welded to the Davidic Covenant (in our reading on May 7th)

Read the end of this Psalm so as we keep focused that David is not the center of these stories.  “He”- is God.  God is the center of these stories.

65 Then the Lord awoke as from sleep,
    as a warrior wakes from the stupor of wine.
66 He beat back his enemies;
    he put them to everlasting shame.
67 Then he rejected the tents of Joseph,
    he did not choose the tribe of Ephraim;
68 but he chose the tribe of Judah,
    Mount Zion, which he loved.
69 He built his sanctuary like the heights,
    like the earth that he established forever.
70 He chose David his servant
    and took him from the sheep pens;
71 from tending the sheep he brought him
    to be the shepherd of his people Jacob,
    of Israel his inheritance.
72 And David shepherded them with integrity of heart;
    with skillful hands he led them.