A Day of Rejoicing, But

Claudia Elzinga

READ : 2 Samuel 19-20 Having defeated Absalom, David is now to be brought back to Jerusalem. Shimei, who has thrown stones at him, begs for mercy. Ziba, who has tricked his master Mephibosheth, and Mephibosheth himself make counter claims concerning what happened. The well-respected Barzillai comes to escort David across the Jordan. It is a time for honoring the king. But there are some sour notes. The men of Judah and those of Israel argue fiercely as to who …

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. …