Daily reading

Today’s reading is: 2 Sam. 17:15-19:30; Psa. 3; 63


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2nd Samuel Chapter Seventeen

(Outline continues from yesterday)

  1. Hushai is able to successfully warn David concerning Absalom’s plans (2nd Sam. 17:15-22).
  2. 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).
  3. Absalom pursued David, with Amasa as the head of the army (2nd Sam. 17:24-26).
  4. David found surprising provision from some unexpected sources (2nd Sam. 17:27-29).

2nd Samuel Chapter Eighteen

  1. David divides his forces into three divisions, under the command of Joab, Abishai, and Ittai (2nd Sam. 18:1-5).
    1. These commanders insist on David’s non-participation in this war (2nd Sam. 18:3).
    2. David insists on Absalom’s safety (2nd Sam. 18:5).
  2. The battle is engaged, and David’s victory is thorough (2nd Sam. 18:6-8).
    1. The Lord’s covenant blessings with Israel are vested in the Kingship of David—not Absalom.
    2. Even the forest served the Lord in the destruction of David’s enemies.
  3. Following the battle, Absalom is helplessly trapped in the tree, and is murdered by Joab against David’s wishes (2nd Sam. 18:9-15).
  4. With Absalom dead, Joab signals the end of the pursuit (2nd Sam. 18:16-18).
  5. 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).
    1. The Cushite is otherwise unknown.
    2. Cushi, as a personal name, may be a reference to Cush, a Benjamite (Ps. 7 prescript).

2nd Samuel Chapter Nineteen

  1. David’s grief over Absalom became a stumbling block for all Israel (2nd Sam. 19:1-10).
    1. David’s lack of appreciation for the soldiers who fought on his behalf led to the uncertainty as to his return to power.
    2. Those who fought on his behalf weren’t certain they wanted him back.
    3. Those who fought for Absalom weren’t certain they wanted him back.
  2. David delegated Zadok & Abiathar to address the Tribe of Judah, and engineer David’s return to power (2nd Sam. 19:11-15).
  3. David expressed mercy towards Shimei for the cursing he had endured (2nd Sam. 19:16-23).
  4. 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)

Psalm Three

  1. David’s flight from Jerusalem was a source of fear for David’s followers (Ps. 3:1-2).
  2. David responded with faith, and set the example of courage for his followers to observe (Ps. 3:3-6).
    1. David laid his burden on the Lord by faith (Ps. 3:3-4).
    2. David got a good night sleep (Ps. 3:5-6).
  3. David looked to the Lord to provide a new victory with the new day (Ps. 3:7-8).

Psalm Sixty-Three

  1. David yearns for the Lord, and for His Word like a sheep in desperate need for the Shepherd’s care (Ps. 63:1).
  2. David’s heavenly-mindedness allows Him to appreciate the Lord in His heavenly sanctuary (Ps. 63:2).
  3. The believer who is focused on God’s heavenly glory will have a value system appropriately adjusted (Ps. 63:3-5).
  4. The believer who abides in the Word during the day can meditate upon it in his sleep (Ps. 63:6-8).
  5. The angelic conflict will have its conclusion by the power of the Lord (Ps. 63:9-11).