O My Son Absalom

Claudia Elzinga

READ : 2 Samuel 17-18 Ahithophel urges Absalom to send a force against David at once while Hushai advises him to wait to gather a large army. He heeds the advice of Hushai. The Bible gives this explanation: “For the Lord had ordained to defeat the good counsel of Ahithophel, so that the Lord might bring evil upon Absalom” (17:14). On the one hand, the Bible teaches that we are responsible for our decisions; on the other hand, that the …

Rebellious Son

Claudia Elzinga

READ : 2 Samuel 14-16 Joab is always causing trouble for David. Instead of leaving Absalom in exile, he persuades David to bring him back home. Then, having set his field on fire to get the king’s attention, Absalom has Joab persuade David to receive Absalom back into his presence. Back in good standing, Absalom begins to court the favor of the people. When he gets enough support, he gathers a large army and marches on Jerusalem. When David hears …

Consequences of Sin

Claudia Elzinga

READ : 2 Samuel 12-13 The Lord sends His prophet Nathan to David and Nathan tells him a story which fills David with righteous indignation. Then Nathan whirls around and, pointing his finger in David’s face, says, “You are the man” (12:7). David can see a lesser sin in the life of another, but is blind to his own sin. As Jesus said, “Take the beam out of your own eye before you take the speck out of the eye …

A Great Man Commits a Great Sin

Claudia Elzinga

READ : 2 Samuel 8-11 David defeats his enemies on all sides. He is riding high. But the time of success can be a time of special spiritual danger. David no longer goes forth to battle himself; he sends others. He is in control of everything except himself! Bathsheba was also at fault. She should have been more careful to be modest. In a day of great immodesty, Christian women should dare to be different, difficult as this may be. …

Building a House

Claudia Elzinga

READ : 2 Samuel 4-7 With the death of Ishbosheth, David becomes king of all Israel. He has a palace built for him. He takes more wives and has more children. The Philistines see him as a threat, and come to attack him. As is his custom, he seeks God’s guidance regarding how to deal with this threat. With God’s help, he defeats the Philistines. We must never sit back and think we are secure. New threats to our spiritual …

King of Judah

Claudia Elzinga

READ : 2 Samuel 1-3 Second Samuel tells us of the rule of David as king. When David hears of the death of Saul and Jonathan, he is filled with sincere grief. He writes a lament with the theme “How are the mighty fallen!” We should all grieve rather than gloat if we hear of the fall of a religious leader or the decline of a once prominent church. How sad when such things happen. How we must be on …