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2 Samuel 9

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20

SCRIPTURE:2 Samuel 9

BY: Josh Boles

One thing that we can unequivocally learn from the life of David, is that he is different. Chapter nine is very indicative of this fact. What we see here in this chapter is David keeping his promise to Jonathan, and Saul to not destroy his descendants. Most of Saul’s legacy had already been destroyed, but not at the hands of David. So David is on a quest here to find, and bless Souls descendants.

David was just the second king that Israel ever had but what we need to remember is that Israel demanded a king because of all the other nations that had kings. This would more than likely mean that they modeled their kingship after these countries. This is where we see that David is different from every other king.

Often when a dynasty changed in the Out Testament time period, the new king would kill every remnant of the old king. This means slaughtering every descendant. We see this happen very clearly in 2 Kings chapter 10 and see it repetitively from there on out. Instead of doing this, David wished to show Saul's descendants kindness as we see in verse 1.

Not only did David show is former enemy such great kindness, he went out of his way to ensure he did so. We learn in verse 3 that Saul had a grandson and in verse 4 it is made known that he lives in Lo-debar, which was more than likely at the northernmost point of Israel. He sent for Mephibosheth and brought him back to Jerusalem. As you could imagine, Mephibosheth was fearful that David would kill him, but we see David reveal his intentions in verse 7. David spared Mephibosheth’s life for the sake of Jonathan, but notice at the end of verse 7 that David restores to him all of Saul’s land. This is certainly going above and beyond, but David’s kindness does not stop there.

David tells him, “you shall eat at my table always.” This is not a simple dinner invitation, this is David basically taking Mephibosheth in as his own son.  We see this in verse 11 more clearly. This is basically the same arrangement that David would give his own sons. They would have land, money, possessions, but always have a place at David’s table.

David’s kindness was not monetary, it was lasting, and produces much fruit. Mica was the son of Mephibosheth and had many descendants, and became a great, and well known household in the kingdom of Israel. This is just proof that showing kindness produces fruit ten fold. It is always a good thing to show kindness, and many of us I’m sure show kindness to a lot of people. The question I would beg you task however is, do you go above and beyond to show kindness to your enemies?

This sounds counter intuitive doesn't it? Are we really supposed to show kindness to people who are mean to us? That is absurd! Well, isn’t that exactly what Jesus does for us. He shows us ultimate kindness when we are far from deserving of grace. This is why Jesus tells us in Matthew 5 to “love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you.” David understood that a life devoted to God means being different from the rest of the world. We see this concept manifested time after time again in the new testament. We are called to be different, so go and be different!

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2 Samuel 8

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TUESDAY, MARCH 19

SCRIPTURE:2 Samuel 8

BY: Josh Boles

Today we read one of those chapters in the Bible where it gets difficult to draw spiritual application. It certainly is there because all of scripture is useful to us. Every book, chapter, and verse. It all has some sort of application to our lives today, but sometimes it is harder to see. What we do find in this chapter is an epic story.

2 Samuel chapter 8 is a catalog of David’s military activities. It is not necessarily chronological to the rest of the book. The events of 1 and 2 Samuel took place around the time period of 1,000 BC while the final form of 2 Samuel was finished around 560 BC. That is 500 years after the events had taken place.

This could be confusing if we don't dive into this a bit further so here we go.We know that the book is named after the prophet Samuel who is named the author of these books. We learned a couple of weeks ago that 1 and 2 Samuel are actually the same book in the original manuscript. So how is Samuel the author if he died at the end of 1 Samuel?

History would tell us that Samuel wrote the first 24 chapters while Nathan and Gad wrote the rest of the chapters. We read about the Prophet Nathan yesterday in our chapter. Nathan lived a long life and got to see all of the kings of the United kingdom of Israel. None of this is necessarily critical information but helps us to grasp a better picture of the timeline we are in.

We do not know who wrote chapter 8, or when it was written.Whether it was written by Nathan, Gad, or added in when the book was finalized in the 500 BC’s the placement of this chapter tells us a lot about the life of David. David was wildly successful in all of his conquests, but we always have to remember why.

They could have placed this at the very end of the book but instead chose to place it right here after David’s prayer of gratitude. Notice verse one says, “after this,” to begin the chapter. David was successful because he knew what gave him such great success, and we really get a picture here how large that success was.

Take notice to verse 4. David defeats Hadadezer and took from him 1,700 chariots, and 20,000 men. Next we read that David struck down 22,000 Syrians, and further down in verse 13 we see David striking down 18,000 Edomites. That is A LOT of soldiers. We are to told in this chapter how big David’s army was but we could only assume it was very large. In fact, in 1 Chronicles 21:5 David’s Army is number at 1,000,000, and in 2 Samuel 24:9 it was close to 800,000. Likely it would have been smaller in our chapter but still a massive army.

Can you imagine looking out in to a field and seeing that many soldiers? All of this is further evidence of how God used his faithful servant David. We read in verse 15 that David reigned over all of Israel. It certainly does not last forever, but for now, the kingdom of Israel is united again. We also read that the Lord gave David victory wherever he went. I think this is where we find our spiritual application today. I believe we can be successful in the Lord whoever we go. No matter how big, or fierce our enemy is, we can find success, and rest in the Lord.

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