Know Your Bible – February 28, 2015

2 Samuel

Details, Please (Part 3)

Following the murder of Bathsheba’s husband, the prophet Nathan confronts David with a story of a rich man who steals a poor man’s sheep.  David is furious until Nathan announces, “Thou art the man” (12:7).  Chastened, David repents and God forgives his sins – but their consequences will affect David powerfully.  The baby conceived in the tryst dies, and David’s family begins to splinter apart.

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Know Your Bible – February 27, 2015

2 Samuel

Details, Please (Part 2)

After capturing Jerusalem from the Jebusites, David creates a new capital for his unified nation, and God promises David, “‘Your throne will be established forever'” (7:16 NIV).  Military victories make Israel strong, but when David stays home from battle one spring, he commits adultery with a beautiful neighbor, Bathsheba.  Then he has her husband – one of his soldiers – murdered.

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Know Your Bible – February 23, 2015

1 Samuel

Quotable

  • The Lord said  unto Samuel…they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them. (8:7)
  • Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. (15:22)
  • Then said David to the Philistine [Goliath], Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. (17:45)

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Know Your Bible – February 22, 2015

1 Samuel

Details, Please (Part 4)

The jealous king seeks to kill David, who runs for his life.  David rejects opportunities to kill Saul himself, saying, “I would not stretch forth mine hand against the Lord’s anointed” (26:23).  At the end of 1 Samuel, Saul dies battling the Philistines, making way for David to become king.

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