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May 4, 2018

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Reading along with us in 2 Samuel? Here’s today’s reading:

2 Samuel 4 (ESV)

And the word of Samuel came to all Israel.

Now Israel went out to battle against the Philistines. They encamped at Ebenezer, and the Philistines encamped at Aphek. The Philistines drew up in line against Israel, and when the battle spread, Israel was defeated before the Philistines, who killed about four thousand men on the field of battle. And when the people came to the camp, the elders of Israel said, “Why has the Lord defeated us today before the Philistines? Let us bring the ark of the covenant of the Lord here from Shiloh, that it may come among us and save us from the power of our enemies.” So the people sent to Shiloh and brought from there the ark of the covenant of the Lord of hosts, who is enthroned on the cherubim. And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were there with the ark of the covenant of God. ...Continue Reading

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  1. As the Lord lives, who has redeemed my life out of every adversity, 10when one told me, ‘Behold, Saul is dead,’ and thought he was bringing good news, I seized him and killed him at Ziklag, which was the reward I gave him for his news. 11How much more, when wicked men have killed a righteous man in his own house on his bed, shall I not now require his blood at your hand and destroy you from the earth?

  2. David certainly doesn’t want innocent blood on his hands and so therefore instead of rewarding those who killed who appeared to be his enemy (Ish bosheth), he has them killed. The thought that comes to my mind is how different that is from other kings of David’s day who would do just the opposite. They reward someone for taking out an enemy if it secured their power more. But that is not the way God works and so David reflects that standard and for now establishes a different way that kings would act I’m Israel.

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