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Monday 21 August 2017

2 Samuel 2:1-4a

In the course of time, David enquired of the Lord. ‘Shall I go up to one of the towns of Judah?’ he asked.

The Lord said, ‘Go up.’

David asked, ‘Where shall I go?’

‘To Hebron,’ the Lord answered.

So David went up there with his two wives, Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail, the widow of Nabal of Carmel. David also took the men who were with him, each with his family, and they settled in Hebron and its towns. Then the men of Judah came to Hebron, and there they anointed David king over the tribe of Judah.

After about fifteen years since being anointed by Samuel, David is anointed king. But at this point he is only king over Judah, one of the twelve tribes of Israel. The other tribes are still loyal to Saul, the previous king.

The next few chapters describe David’s struggle to win over the remaining tribes of Israel. During the process the actions of some of David’s supporters get very messy. For example, Joab, Rekab and Baanah commit murder in their over-zealous efforts to get rid of David’s enemies. But David does not approve of their actions.

Do we sometimes get tempted to think that the end justifies the means? Do we rush ahead and carry out our own plans to get to the goal of what we think God wants?

2 Samuel 5:3

When all the elders of Israel had come to King David at Hebron, the king made a covenant with them at Hebron before the Lord, and they anointed David king over Israel.

Finally, David is anointed as king over all the tribes of Israel. His first move is then to make Jerusalem his capital city. As we saw last week, the life of David foreshadows the life of Jesus. David endured rejection and suffering before establishing his kingdom. Similarly, Jesus endured rejection and suffering before establishing his kingdom.

Are we looking for shortcuts to get where we think God wants us or are we willing to continue serving in humility even through disappointments?

The story of David: Part 7 Read 2 Samuel chapters 2 to 6.

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Thomas Halley
Sawyers Church Leadership Team

Sawyers Church