Today’s reading is: 2 Sam. 17:15-19:30; Psa. 3; 63
2nd Samuel Chapter Seventeen
(Outline continues from yesterday)
- Hushai is able to successfully warn David concerning Absalom’s plans (2nd Sam. 17:15-22).
- Ahithophel realizes that his plan has been thwarted, and takes his own life—painting a picture that will be fulfilled in the betrayal of Judas Iscariot (2nd Sam. 17:23; Matt. 27:5).
- Absalom pursued David, with Amasa as the head of the army (2nd Sam. 17:24-26).
- David found surprising provision from some unexpected sources (2nd Sam. 17:27-29).
2nd Samuel Chapter Eighteen
- David divides his forces into three divisions, under the command of Joab, Abishai, and Ittai (2nd Sam. 18:1-5).
- These commanders insist on David’s non-participation in this war (2nd Sam. 18:3).
- David insists on Absalom’s safety (2nd Sam. 18:5).
- The battle is engaged, and David’s victory is thorough (2nd Sam. 18:6-8).
- The Lord’s covenant blessings with Israel are vested in the Kingship of David—not Absalom.
- Even the forest served the Lord in the destruction of David’s enemies.
- Following the battle, Absalom is helplessly trapped in the tree, and is murdered by Joab against David’s wishes (2nd Sam. 18:9-15).
- With Absalom dead, Joab signals the end of the pursuit (2nd Sam. 18:16-18).
- Joab attempted to manipulate the manner in which David received the news of Absalom’s death, but Ahimaaz outran Joab’s messenger (2nd Sam. 18:19-33).
- The Cushite is otherwise unknown.
- Cushi, as a personal name, may be a reference to Cush, a Benjamite (Ps. 7 prescript).
2nd Samuel Chapter Nineteen
- David’s grief over Absalom became a stumbling block for all Israel (2nd Sam. 19:1-10).
- David’s lack of appreciation for the soldiers who fought on his behalf led to the uncertainty as to his return to power.
- Those who fought on his behalf weren’t certain they wanted him back.
- Those who fought for Absalom weren’t certain they wanted him back.
- David delegated Zadok & Abiathar to address the Tribe of Judah, and engineer David’s return to power (2nd Sam. 19:11-15).
- David expressed mercy towards Shimei for the cursing he had endured (2nd Sam. 19:16-23).
- David expressed grace towards Mephibosheth, as the story of his betrayal is now cast in doubt (2nd Sam. 19:24-30).
(Chapter Nineteen continues tomorrow)
- David’s flight from Jerusalem was a source of fear for David’s followers (Ps. 3:1-2).
- David responded with faith, and set the example of courage for his followers to observe (Ps. 3:3-6).
- David laid his burden on the Lord by faith (Ps. 3:3-4).
- David got a good night sleep (Ps. 3:5-6).
- David looked to the Lord to provide a new victory with the new day (Ps. 3:7-8).
- David yearns for the Lord, and for His Word like a sheep in desperate need for the Shepherd’s care (Ps. 63:1).
- David’s heavenly-mindedness allows Him to appreciate the Lord in His heavenly sanctuary (Ps. 63:2).
- The believer who is focused on God’s heavenly glory will have a value system appropriately adjusted (Ps. 63:3-5).
- The believer who abides in the Word during the day can meditate upon it in his sleep (Ps. 63:6-8).
- The angelic conflict will have its conclusion by the power of the Lord (Ps. 63:9-11).