2 Samuel 14:1-15:22, John 18:1-24, Psalms 119:97-112, Proverbs 16:8-9
Today is the 29th day of May welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I am Brian it is wonderful to be here with you today as we continue the journey forward step by step, day by day, right, paddle by paddle however…whatever metaphor we want to use. We’re moving forward systematically, stably, every single day moving forward through the Bible. And man, we’re ending another month almost and it’s just…well…I don’t even want to start on that. Let’s just kind of dive into where we are. We’re picking up the story of David’s family. David is the king of Israel, the second king of Israel and we’ve kind of gone through the ups and downs of his reign in his kingdom and how we came to be and sort of the deterioration that is happening inside of his family because of some of the choices that he’s made is…one of his sons, Absalom, is estranged from the king living in Geshur with his grandparents. He’s estranged because he killed one of his brothers, Amnon and he did this because Amnon raped his sister Tamar. So, yeah, some issues going on in David’s family. And we’ll pick up the story today. Second Samuel chapter 14 verse 1 through 15 verse 22. And we’re reading from the English Standard Version this week.
Okay. So, we are in an ongoing narrative. In other words, every day’s reading kinda builds upon the day before and the story is being told in second Samuel of David’s life and his reign and his family. And, you know, in other parts of the Bible we’re…were dealing with other genres. So, we may be leading…reading lists of things or we may…may be reading prophecies of something. But this is laid out in story form. And, so, we’re following along, and each day reveals a little bit more of the story. And you see how these things looks, like what’s going on now, how they developed over time and over choices, right? So, this whole thing, kind of what’s going on now begins with David and Bathsheba and we’ve already talked about all of the things that happened in that sordid deal. Like, David committed murder by allowing Bathsheba’s husband to be killed in battle. Like some things really, really bad or happening. People are seeing this including David’s own family. And then David’s daughter Tamar gets raped by David’s son, Amnon. And David does…doesn’t really do…like doesn’t really do much about it. It’s Absalom…Tamar’s brother, another of her brothers who waits two years. Like, there’s two years here for David to deal with this and he doesn’t, and Absalom does and kills Amnon and then flees for his life to his grandparents because he’s the son of a royal union. This is kind of how things would work. A king would…would marry a princess, the daughter of a king from somewhere else. She would come to live with him and be his wife and they would have children together, but this would kind of cement an alliance. Like, what king is going to go to battle with another king who is married to his…like who has in his possession his daughter, right? So, this is how these things go. And Absalom is the son of royalty. His grandparents are royalty in Geshur. And, so, he goes there and that’s where he is for these years. And then we saw the whole plot of the general, Joab, to get Absalom back to Jerusalem and…and he does but then David ignores Absalom for two more years. Meanwhile, Absalom’s out on the street, making friends and influencing people, stealing the heart of Jerusalem away from the king. And, so, we leave today’s reading with Absalom having gone Hebron to initiate a coup against his father, the king of Israel. And David, he’s been down this road before, right? We followed in the paths of David when he is fleeing from Saul. So, David kind of knows how to smell the danger and he’s on his way out of town. Like he is fleeing from his own son who intends to take the kingship and the kingdom from his father. And on so many levels it appears that so much of this unrest that we’re seeing right now comes from systematic choices that David’s making to ignore dealing with the issues within his family.
Meanwhile, in the book of John, Jesus has been arrested. And I keep pointing this out and I…I…I will keep pointing this out until we conclude John. This is the last time we’re comin’ around this way this year. This is the last time we’re going through this story this year. In fact, the days of us kind of moving along with the disciples and hearing Jesus minister and watching Him, those days are coming to a close, because we are coming to the end of the Gospels. We’ve only got a few chapters left in the gospel of John, which is the final gospel we’ll encounter this year. So, may we pay close attention and allow it to plant itself in our lives and in our hearts as we prepare to move forward in the New Testament.
Father, we thank You for Your word. We thank You for all of
the different ways that we encounter Your word, all the different kinds of
styles of writing and genres. And, as we’re moving through second Samuel we
thank You for this narrative story and we can see the disrespect that has grown
between Absalom and King David and we can see even why and we begin to see the
disintegration here. And if we take enough time to just think back over our
lives, we find parallels. And, so, we invite Your Holy Spirit to continue to
lead us forward into all truth. And as these stories reveal themselves, we ask
that wisdom would reveal where the paths that we are choosing is going to lead
us. This is what we need. We need Your direction in our lives and then we need
to obey it and humble ourselves before You and obey You. So, come Holy Spirit, show
us where we’re going because of the choices that we’re making we ask in the
name of Jesus. Amen.
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