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2Samuel 19-21

Daily Reading 2Samuel 19-21 Daily Thought David mourns the loss of his son, crying aloud, “O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! Would I had died instead of you, O Absalom, my son, my son!” (2Samuel 18:33; 19:4). Who can fault a father his grief, but it lingers too long and too loud, […]


2Samuel 16-18

Daily Reading 2Samuel 16-18 Daily Thought Absalom, the son of David, was pretty and proud, and, for a moment, stole the hearts of the people and his father’s crown. “Now in all Israel there was no one so much to be praised for his handsome appearance as Absalom. From the sole of his foot to […]


2Samuel 13-15

Daily Reading 2Samuel 13-15 Daily Thought There is irony in Absalom’s name; it means peaceful. It was not to be. When David committed adultery and murder, Nathan pronounced God’s judgment, “Now therefore the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised me and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to […]


2Samuel 8-12

Daily Reading 2Samuel 8-12 Daily Thought Saul learned early on that the first rule of being king is protect the throne. Remove the competition. When Saul was king, David was the competition. Many times Saul tried to  kill David, but he did not succeed, and now David is king. And David said, “Is there still anyone […]


2Samuel 4-7

Daily Reading 2Samuel 4-7 Daily Thought David determined to bring the ark of God to the city of David, to Jerusalem. It began badly. After loading the ark of God on a new cart, the oxen stumbled, the ark thrust sideways, and “Uzzah put out his hand to the ark of God and took hold […]


2Samuel 1-3

Daily Reading 2Samuel 1-3 Daily Thought The second book of Samuel begins where the first ended, the death of Saul, but the stories disagree. In both accounts, the Philistine victory over Saul is imminent. Saul, wounded with arrows, instructs his armor-bearer to finish the job. “Kill me,” he says. But his armor-bearer would not, for […]


1Samuel 28-31

Daily Reading 1Samuel 28-31 Daily Thought In those days the Philistines gathered their forces for war, to fight against Israel (1Samuel 28:1), marching by hundreds and by thousands according to chapter 29. Saul would lose all. By war’s end, he and his three sons were dead. He was afraid, so he turned where he seldom turned, […]


1Samuel 25-27

Daily Reading 1Samuel 25-27 Daily Thought David showed kindness to the shepherds of Nabal and expected kindness in return. Instead, Nabal “was harsh and badly behaved” (1Samuel 25:3). He was stingy, rude, and insulting to David. Nabal, whose name means fool, was one. David decided a proper response would be to kill Nabal and every […]


1Samuel 21-24

Daily Reading 1Samuel 21-24 Daily Thought King Saul threw a spear at David, attempting to pin him against the wall. Twice he threw it according to 1Samuel 18:10-11. Once again in chapter 19, verse 10. David was well aware Saul wanted him dead. Jonathan thought better of his father, the king, until he challenged him, defending David, […]


1Samuel 18-20

Daily Reading 1Samuel 18-20 Daily Thought Jonathan and David had many reasons not to be friends. Jonathan’s loyalty to his father tops the list. Saul was on the throne, and as his oldest son, Jonathan was next in line, but David would be king. Sure, David had killed his ten thousands (1Samuel 18:7), but Jonathan […]

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