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May 5, 2018

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

2 Samuel 5 (ESV)

Then all the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron and said, “Behold, we are your bone and flesh. In times past, when Saul was king over us, it was you who led out and brought in Israel. And the Lord said to you, ‘You shall be shepherd of my people Israel, and you shall be prince over Israel.’” So all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron, and King David made a covenant with them at Hebron before the Lord, and they anointed David king over Israel. David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years. At Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months, and at Jerusalem he reigned over all Israel and Judah thirty-three years....Continue Reading

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  1. You shall not go up; go around to their rear, and come against them opposite the balsam trees. 24And when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the balsam trees, then rouse yourself, for then the Lord has gone out before you to strike down the army of the Philistines.”

  2. Peter, what is your take on the blind and the lame part? I wouldn’t have thought David would have taken that stance, but then Jonathan’s son was invited in lame.

    1. Thanks for asking! It appears at first the comment is one from the Jebusites boasting of their fortifications. We are so heavily defended that even the blind and lame could protect us. David then picks up on that and says well if you are fighting against me you are my enemy even if you are blind and lame. And in that context speaks of a weakness in their defenses that will allow someone to get to those “blind and lame” that the Jebusites were boasting about. And in the way things are passed along when there are acts of heroism, this thought is mentioned. But not as a hard and fast rule but something that comes through lore.

  3. David is anointed king and God’s choosing of Him and Samuel’s anointing comes to fruition. I love these chapters showing David’s faithfulness and the way God leads and blesses. He conquers Jerusalem and establishes it as his city along with Bethlehem his birthplace. And he defeats the Philistines as they come out to battle him. One wonders if David would have pursued them if they did not attack him considering the protection they gave him. But they do assemble for battle and David does what we all should do: consults with God. God gives the green light as well as strategy and military support from the armies of heaven!!! Awesome!

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